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Pain & Gain Reviews

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 21, 2016
Maybe he's trying to do 'GoodFellas'-style dark comedy (the copious voice-overs would certainly suggest it), but put as charitably as possible, Bay is no Scorsese.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 16, 2016
Bay's worst film to date and the biggest piece of evidence yet in the case against him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Burns
Metro
May 5, 2015
Fargo for jerks.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
An often hilarious black comedy with a nicely embedded moral.
Nick Pinkerton
Sight and Sound
June 6, 2014
While Pain & Gain often frustrates, Bay's overwhelming cinematic sense is undeniable.
Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine
March 2, 2014
Michael Bay has finally made a film worthy of deep consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Pain & Gain weighs about 700 pounds when it ought to weigh 2.
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.
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
October 18, 2013
While not a faithful re-enactment of a horrific true story, Pain & Gain will certainly please those looking for cheap thrills
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
October 12, 2013
...the film occasionally approaches something resembling satire. Bay's attempts at humour are not always insightful though - a dead woman's breast implant still gets giggled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 7, 2013
Michael Bay's lurid crime comedy Pain & Gain is as excessively pumped-up as you would imagine, a berserk, overblown action movie on steroids.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
September 2, 2013
Pain & Gain is Michael Bay's best film yet, fusing his high-octane and in-your-face directing style with pitch black comedy that makes for the funniest film of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 30, 2013
This is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson straining every sinew to deliver the heavy duty performance of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 30, 2013
Might this be the best Michael Bay film ever? We know what you're thinking. But we mean it in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
August 30, 2013
A movie in which women are either pouting, flesh-baring sluts or morbidly obese figures of mockery with terrible personal hygiene, where rampant homophobia is deemed funny and laddish, and where crude racial stereotyping is acceptable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 29, 2013
The closest Michael Bay's natural style for flash really feels like an organic extension and expression of the material's narrative and characters rather than mere surface gloss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
August 29, 2013
[Bay] tries to be funny, and it turns out to be even more brutal, loathsome and crude than his previous efforts.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
August 29, 2013
The performances are first class and help make you warm to the lunkheaded trio against your better judgement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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