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Pacific Rim Reviews

Wesley Morris
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Del Toro is a dreamer. He's a visionary. If you give him a pile of money to make enormous robots fight enormous monsters at the end of civilization, he will work to make Pacific Rim a movie that makes you feel all the enormousness.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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It is possible to applaud Pacific Rim for the efficacy of its business model while deploring the tale that has been engendered -- long, loud, dark, and very wet. You might as well watch the birth of an elephant.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 18, 2013
Richard Roeper
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A ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie that plays like that "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" game from the 1960s.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Its visual achievements notwithstanding, Pacific Rim's greatest breakthrough may be that it's the first Hollywood blockbuster to sport a title less descriptive of its plot than of its intended market.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

July 12, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's as if Del Toro neuro-linked with a robot and then couldn't figure out how to work the controls -- and so watched impotently as the machine made the major creative decisions.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 12, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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All the unpredictability of professional wrestling plus the magic of synchronized Stairmasters -- that's what I got out of the vaunted spectacle of Pacific Rim.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C

July 12, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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There are long sequences in this movie that merit that most overused of terms: "Awesome."

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Del Toro is reveling in blockbuster clichés at the same time he's pounding them into the pavement, and somehow that self-consciousness lets us all in on the joke.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

July 12, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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After a long cycle of action movies in which the protagonists spend most of their downtime introspecting about their heroic obligations, Pacific Rim is something different: a heart-warming team-building exercise.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
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Monsters, robots, grand heroism and a few clever jokes: Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.5/10

July 11, 2013
Dana Stevens
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Pacific Rim's ability to make monster-walloping feel fun again will no doubt make Atlantic Seaboard (or maybe Mediterranean Coastal Region) as inevitable a follow-up as the return of the Kaiju through that pesky underwater portal.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 11, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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That humanistic touch is pure del Toro, and it makes all the difference in Pacific Rim, whose own whirring, glowing heart doesn't belong to any machine but to the director himself.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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My head is still ringing, and hurting, from long stretches of this aliens vs. robots extravaganza that are no better than the worst brain-pounders of the genre.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 11, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Pacific Rim, thank the gods of cinema, is the work of a humanist ready to banish cynicism for compassion.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pacific Rim looks great. It's one of the rare 3-D features that probably delivers more in the large-screen, stereoscopic format - severed Kaiju limbs, comin' at ya!

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Inadvertently makes the case that extinction might not be so bad... If this is the best we can do in terms of movies - if something like this can speak to the soul of audiences - maybe we should just turn over the cameras to the alien dinosaurs

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

July 11, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it's a hollow exercise in homage.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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It lasts more than two hours. And there is nothing endearing about it.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 11, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Another marathon of cacophony and cliché.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 11, 2013
James Berardinelli
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It's the perfect summer spectacle, with giant robots pounding on monsters, monsters stomping on cities, and the kind of mayhem that only big theaters with big screens and big sound systems can truly convey.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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"Pacific Rim" creates its own language and its own mythology, and the result is one gloriously entertaining vision that leaves us in wide-eyed wonder.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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For all its expensive grandeur, almost too epic even for the vast canvases of IMAX, Pacific Rim is unmistakably a Del Toro creation.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

July 11, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This is Godzilla meets Transformers, with elements of the lesser Star Wars movies, all awash in thunderously loud, non-stop demolition.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 11, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all expectations, with a heart, a brain, and something approximating a soul.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Godzilla, eat your heart out.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If you're 10 years old, or just want to feel that way for a couple of hours, "Pacific Rim" provides everything you need except the Twizzlers.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Even if you smirk at the plot conceit of mind-linked humans inside skyscraping robots fighting blockbuster sea beasts, the technical prowess on display can't help but impress.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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I was having so much fun I lost track of where the line between good-stupid and bad-stupid might lie.

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July 11, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Some of those catchphrases are mildly clever. The lab coat mumbo-jumbo is amusing. The noble sentiments touch sweet chords. And who does not delight in seeing a robot punch a dinosaur every now and then - or pretty much constantly for two hours?

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's big and loud and kind of dumb and predictable. The difference is that, in del Toro's hands, it's meant to be.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 10, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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That's exactly what the film feels like: a 48-year-old kid playing with gigantic action figures in the world's most expensive sandbox. Unfortunately, his deep-rooted passion never quite makes the leap from his imagination to the screen.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 10, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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While the concept isn't original enough to make this an evolutionary leap for the genre, it's a glorious tribute to B-movie fire and fury.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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In a field rife with impostors and poseurs, Del Toro, like his mentors, is the real deal. It's good to have him working his magic again.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's closer to the hammering "Transformers" aesthetic than expected. Yet the weirdness around the edges saves it from impersonality.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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As gripping as watching a Transformer toy battle in a bathtub with a rubber dinosaur.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

July 10, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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You get 45 minutes of awesome encased in 90 minutes of yawnsome.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 10, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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You could make another film for half the budget in the time it takes to roll the end credits for CGI imaging. There's stuff to look at, but doesn't anybody care that it doesn't make a word of sense?

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

July 10, 2013
Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
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Though it's made by an obviously gifted director and will likely please devotees of the genre, it ultimately feels very short on character and long on noise, noise, noise.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 10, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The extinction of mankind has loomed again and again over Hollywood blockbusters the past couple of years, though never anywhere near as entertainingly as in "Pacific Rim.''

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

July 9, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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If Del Toro is pitching for an audience of 12-year-old boys (and we do mean boys: this is old-school macho), he's done a bang-up job.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 9, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Though everything we see is pure, pleasurable comic-book absurdity, Del Toro somehow lends a plausible humanity to the proceedings, one lacking in most of this summer's city-destroying blockbusters.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

July 9, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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Pacific Rim is just the kind of big-ticket sci-fi adventure you'd want del Toro to make -- provided you'd want him to make one at all.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 8, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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A better-and-smarter-than-average humans-vs.-monsters spectacular.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 8, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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They don't let 14 year-old boys direct multi-million dollar feature films, but somehow Guillermo Del Toro has channeled the interests, attitudes and fears from that mindset with a clarity that far surpasses contemporaries like Michael Bay.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

July 8, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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Whenever the jaegers and the kaiju throw down in Pacific Rim, it's at night in the pouring rain - unless they're both at the bottom of the ocean. What's the point, exactly, of cutting-edge CG monsters filmed in a way where we can barely see them?

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 8, 2013
Justin Chang
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The squarest, clunkiest and certainly loudest movie of director Guillermo del Toro's career, a crushed-metal orgy that plays like an extended 3D episode of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" on very expensive acid.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 8, 2013
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