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Pain & Gain Reviews

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Camilla Long
Sunday Times (UK)
December 16, 2016
The most shocking thing about the new Michael Bay film is... not the orange, grunting criminals pumping a) iron, b) fists and c) other people, but the gradual realisation that this could be Bay's most intellectual film yet.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Not for the kiddies, this immensely entertaining flick is a hard-R romp through seedy South Florida.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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
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
Michael Dequina
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
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
August 29, 2013
The uneasy blend of comedy and ultra-violence will turn some viewers off but, if you can stomach it, you may find yourself curiously entertained.
Peter Bradshaw
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
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
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.
| 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
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