Pain & Gain Reviews

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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
It's hard to see how any of these experienced actors, none of whom are convincing, saw the funny side of this or the appeal of their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Max Kyburz
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Rather than take its true crime caper inspiration seriously, it pawns off its real-life players as dumb action figures and has little respect for the victims involved either.
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Ciara LaVelle
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
Though this story needs no embellishment, Bay can't help himself.
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
April 24, 2013
Pain & Gain fails at being an entertaining and ridiculously fun Michael Bay movie and curdles into something much more tone deaf and obnoxious. It isn't necessarily Michael Bay's worst movie, but it might be his most overworked and least effective.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
April 26, 2013
Bay doesn't have the operatic panache of Quentin Tarantino. At well over two hours, "Pain and Gain" should have gone for lean and mean.
John Serba
MLive.com
May 31, 2013
[Michael Bay] takes a stab at crafting politically incorrect satire, but his tone is so mean-spirited, it churns the stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
April 26, 2013
Pain & Gain isn't a bad movie but it is a flat adaptation - only telling the story of the Sun Gym Gang without adding worthwhile insight (or many laughs).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Packed with graphic torture sequences and stinging comedy, this fact-based film's is bogged down by its unevenness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
April 26, 2013
For his first post-"Transformers" production, Bay goes a little too far at making stupidity and violence appear alluring and sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
April 26, 2013
For the first time in a hugely successful career, he showed a sliver of something more sophisticated, and for that, I applaud the man for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
April 25, 2013
Some of Bay's go-to tricks actually inject some juice into film, and I'll at least admit that no one polishes a turd like Michael Bay. But does it still have to smell so bad?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
April 25, 2013
I didn't hate watching this movie, it held my interest. It's way too long at over two hours, and even if it was a breezy 85 minute joyride, it would still have that fatal flaw: Michael Bay is the guy calling the shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 12, 2013
Agony
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2013
You can't thread a needle this fine with a script filtered through Bay's puerile id.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 31, 2013
Lugo and his confederates feitishized the human body, were steeped in misogyny, and had scant intelligence, emotional or otherwise. Their story is brought to the screen by Michael Bay.
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
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
April 26, 2013
Overlong, dull and dimwitted, Pain & Gain ends up fetishizing the warped muscle culture it set out to lampoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 26, 2013
The story is too inherently fascinating for Bay to completely screw it up, but he comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
April 26, 2013
What starts out as an irreverent comedy with action elements turns into lurid, unpleasant masochistic viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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