Pain & Gain Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 29, 2013
Forgive me while I weep in despair. Pain and Gain is awful beyond imagining.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 29, 2013
There's something inspired about putting Michael Bay in charge of a brazen action-comedy about gym-pumped knuckleheads who screw up their own criminal masterplan most royally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 29, 2013
Spirited and very funny, this movie should actually be rather disturbing since it's a true story about torture and murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 29, 2013
Along with comedy dismemberings, farcical GBH and the barbecuing of human hands, the movie offers the equally gruesome spectacle of a metaphor being clubbed to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
August 28, 2013
A scabrous satirical swipe at not only the knuckle-headed machismo the director seems so enthralled by, but also at an America crippled by consumerism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 28, 2013
Labelling a Michael Bay movie thoughtful is like calling Transformers cerebral...but this is a lot more stimulating than we've come to expect even if reverts to shoot 'em up type by the end of its pumped up running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 27, 2013
A bleak, bitter, wicked pleasure that holds up the underpinnings of modern America - self-help, Jesus, and violence - for ridicule.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 27, 2013
The first hour may be Bay's career high point: it's fast, freaky, gloriously tasteless and startlingly pointed in its attacks on western insecurity, shallowness and greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
August 27, 2013
Ultimately, cinema is a form of entertainment and this picture does nothing but entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
August 25, 2013
120 minutes of this bloated vanity project is plenty painful, while demonstrating that the world has little to gain from Bay relaunching himself as Steven Soderbergh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
August 25, 2013
Michael Bay goes back to a Bad Boys budget and a big boys' rating, for a true-life crime story that's inconsistent and frenetic, but also funny and wilfully outrageous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2013
Without having to worry about giant robots or special effects so much, director Michael Bay gets the chance to properly exercise his talent for film comedy, a quality that laces a lot of his films and that too many critics are loathe to acknowledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 18, 2013
It's social commentary so slick and scathing letting it wash over you feels like getting lubed and chafed at the same time.
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
August 15, 2013
An entertaining spin on macho theatrics with amusing lead performances and a bizarre true story to tell. Definitely worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
August 15, 2013
Like all of Bay's work, it's over-the-top, brash and exhausting to watch. But like the lifestyle its characters aspire to, there's an allure too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 12, 2013
Agony
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 7, 2013
Michael Bay, burdened with glorious purpose, pours his everything into Pain & Gain; the closest thing to an indie-spirited passion project he will likely ever make... It works. I can't believe this thing actually works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 7, 2013
Subject matter that actually suits Bay's usually obnoxious approach to film style and storytelling. Pain & Gain is bewildering, fun, repugnant and enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 7, 2013
Pain & Gain had the potential to be a great "truth is stranger than fiction" tale. Unfortunately, it's been turned into a dull, uneven movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 5, 2013
Michael Bay tells this story like a black comedy; not noir, Bay doesn't do noir. He does noisy. And the story certainly is black and the comedic juices are well squeezed out of every opportunity
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