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Pacific Rim (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 254
Fresh: 182 | Rotten: 72

It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 16

It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.

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When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces

Oct 15, 2013

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June 27, 2014:
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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.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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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.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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Pacific Rim is a cut above the standard-gauge heavy-metal blockbuster, with less cynicism, more soul, a wealth of visual detail and a desperate pulse of intelligence beneath the mayhem. But it's still profoundly silly.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine
Maclean's Magazine

There's so much onscreen, so much suggested but not explored or explained, almost like jam-packed Harvey Kurtzman panels from classic MAD magazines, detailed by the likes of a Romanek or Tarsem.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

The action is spectacular, but the thinly characterised humans who pilot the robots in mind-synched pairs inevitably get dwarfed. And without vivid heroes to root for, after a while the humungous robot-monster smackdowns lose their impact,

January 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Pacific Rim is a special-effects behemoth, a toy franchise with a deafeningly loud movie attached -- Transformers with an A-level.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Michael Bay has made three Transformers movies, and he hasn't done one yet that was as much fun as this.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Pacific Rim is, as you might expect, a visual extravaganza brimming with lush colors, state-of-the-art CGI effects and the promised robots on monsters hard-core fights to the death.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

In essence, Pacific Rim features a series of Godzilla monsters battle an ever dwindling number of Transformers, layered over the plot from Independence Day, only dumber.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

From a pure fan-boy perspective, this film packs in a great deal of energy without feeling like a stale Michael Bay film. Guillermo del Toro mixes playful energy with outstanding effects.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Bro, it comes down to this: if you can't turn the brain meat off and sit back and enjoy Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba beating the crap out of some monsters then, dude, you're the monster.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is awesome, scary, weird, exciting, exuberant, and ridiculous -- basically everything you want from a sci-fi action movie.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Feels like it's always struggling to break through the screen-if only to grab you by the scruff of the neck and drag you in.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

There was a time when I would have considered Pacific Rim the greatest movie ever made. But then I turned 12.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: ArtVoice

Pacific Rim is the perfect example of how to make an effective summer blockbuster. It has heart, brains and enough action and explosions to shock and awe just about anyone.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A blockbuster of substance and depth...

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The plot is well designed considering how silly the movie really is. Credit that to Guillermo Del Toro. He obviously put a lot of though into the picture, but it's still a basic action film, and the selling point is giant robots battling giant monsters.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

If it sounds kinda fun, please know it is, with those aforementioned scientists (TV faces Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) creating some laughs with their goofy nature of oneupsmanship.

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

...a punishing ordeal that just might mark the nadir of the modern big-budget blockbuster...

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Impossível deixarmos a sala de projeção sem uma sensação clara de caloroso retorno à infância.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Fueled by an ambition that channels enthusiasm for characters and narrative details above the high-octane action, and driven by visual effects that are a compliment to those traits rather than a distraction.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Audience Reviews for Pacific Rim

It is strange that despite the fact that there was a lot going on, I felt terribly bored. I was constantly checking my time and was more entertained by my popcorn than anything else. Pacific Rim offers nothing in the line of story and character. It is also upsetting that it tries to get dramatic when it should've stayed clear from that department. All of the battle scenes were in a dark and rainy environment, making them difficult to watch. This was a predictable mess of a movie, and I am astounded to see it get such positive ratings. Had Michael Bay's name been on the movie instead of del Toro's I am almost certain this would've flopped.
June 5, 2014
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Don't know why, but neither the story nor the execution appealed to me. Maybe because I'd formed an opinion about it before going for it. Hardly worked as a time-pass. To be fair enough, 1/5.
April 25, 2014
imrealgod

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Guillermo del Toro achieves just what he set out to in Pacific Rim. It is indeed the ultimate giant monster movie. It's flash, has all the effects and looks stunning. The acting takes a little bit of a back seat but that said, Idris Elba and Ron Perlman more than make up for this in their stand out performances. The thing is, it's almost too good. The classic monster movies that us fans love were a bit cheap. They were low budget b-movies that were very much in 'So bad they're good' territory. By making a good version of something that we all love to be bad , del Toro has essentially made something unwanted and unnecessary. Rather him than anyone else though. I'll take it but I would have rather have seen HellBoy III.
March 5, 2014
SirPant

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only could a movie this fun hide its massive flaws so well. we all knew this would be escapism, with giant robots fighting giant monsters and no other justification needed to love the movie if the scenes were exciting and well executed. because of this we all expected that things like acting, dialogue, and character development would take a huge back seat, which held true (all of these areas were severely lacking). even though it was riddled with these flaws, it was still the absolute best version of what i was hoping for, a big budget fight fest in the spirit of the old "B" monster movies. because of that i would proclaim it one of the years best films. so odd that only this genre can be so bad and still be so good. i hold it off from a full 5 stars because even thought i expected flaws, the end was even too cliche for this kind of film, and the beginning missed on some really intriguing concepts by way of story development. having said that, this is a fantastic escapist treat.
January 25, 2014
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