Reviews

Jan 3, 2014
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.
Dec 30, 2013
Pacific Rim is a special-effects behemoth, a toy franchise with a deafeningly loud movie attached -- Transformers with an A-level.
Dec 30, 2013
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.
Nov 4, 2013
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.
Jul 18, 2013
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.
Jul 14, 2013
As adventures in mechanised mayhem go, the picture does, of course, crush the Transformers franchise into iron filings.
Jul 12, 2013
For "Pacific Rim" to work we have to believe in this future world...and we do.
Jul 12, 2013
A ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie that plays like that "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" game from the 1960s.
Jul 12, 2013
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.
Jul 12, 2013
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.
Jul 12, 2013
If it's human drama you like ... you'll be less richly served.
Jul 12, 2013
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.
Jul 12, 2013
There are long sequences in this movie that merit that most overused of terms: "Awesome."
Jul 12, 2013
The fights are well-staged and there's just enough interstitial humanity among boxing matches to keep things from getting monotonous.
Jul 12, 2013
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.
Jul 11, 2013
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.
Jul 11, 2013
Monsters, robots, grand heroism and a few clever jokes: Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me.
Jul 11, 2013
Pacific Rim knows what sort of film it wishes to be; it is that film, and much more.
Jul 11, 2013
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.
Jul 11, 2013
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.