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Pixels Reviews

November 10, 2015
There are scenes in the surreally lazy, occasionally funny Pixels in which Sandler's face slips into the exact same weary, disgruntled expression he wears in Funny People.
August 14, 2015
Pixels is devoid of cynicism and it has a cheerfully cheesy vibe, and it's the kind of movie you'll forget about a week after seeing it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2015
Nostalgia is a wonder and a cheat. The right touchstone can make the most discerning movie-goer forgive a film as lazy as Pixels. Almost.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 28, 2015
Welcome to the End of the World, Adam Sandler-style.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 26, 2015
This is a film in which a viewer can be forgiven for rooting for the old video game icons to annihilate humanity. God help us if the best savior we can muster is Sandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 24, 2015
This is just a lot of chomp-chomp-chomp and point tallies wafting upward whenever something game-oriented is blown up.
July 24, 2015
Often fun and fanciful, though kids may not get the endless 1980s references.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 24, 2015
Pixels is a movie without wit, without jokes, with nothing to say but plenty to regurgitate.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
July 24, 2015
When one considers how good this material might have been if placed in the right hands, to see it squandered this way makes it almost more painful to view than the typical Sandler stinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 23, 2015
Some movies are so interminable that it seems they might never end, while others are assembled with such indifference that you are essentially left waiting for them to start. "Pixels" somehow manages both.
July 23, 2015
A real-life Space Invaders story that might have made for dumb, exciting fun if everyone involved didn't seem bored to tears, director Chris Columbus and star Adam Sandler very much included.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
July 23, 2015
"Pixels" is a special-effects eyeful burdened by the fact that it is also yet another film in which Adam Sandler plays a man-child who somehow turns the head of an attractive woman.
July 23, 2015
This amiable Ghostbusters knockoff is unusually competent for a Sandler comedy.
July 23, 2015
"Pixels" may feel flatter to kids of the '80s than it does to moviegoers too young to have known Pac-Man from Ant-Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 23, 2015
While the concept is a cut above the usual Sandler swill, the comedy isn't. The script might as well have been penned by the same clueless aliens doing the invading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2015
Good-natured, laugh-out-loud fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 23, 2015
Long before you've gotten a nickel's worth of entertainment out of this dumb, unfunny flick, you'll be wishing for the flashing sign that says "Game over."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 23, 2015
It manages to achieve the weird feat of feeling overlong and choppy at the same time, like someone edited the film with a pair of garden shears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 23, 2015
You get the feeling the boys spent the nine-figure budget on trips to Hooters.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
July 23, 2015
The experience is an exercise in cringing at bad one-liners and stomaching dumb plot devices before saying, "Aww, look, Q-Bert!"
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 23, 2015
Sandler doesn't appear to be trying terribly hard, and Gad gets sucked into that humor vacuum, going after laughs with a palpable desperation and adopting Sandler's signature move of yelling for no apparent reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 23, 2015
"Pixels" is a blast of energetic fun ... the novelty of nostalgic video game characters as space invaders sustains the film, thanks to the spectacularly executed and original effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 23, 2015
I see Pixels as a 3D metaphor for Hollywood's digital assault on our eyes and brains. Not funny. Just relentless and exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 23, 2015
Even on its own silly terms, Pixels is not a very good movie; it's painted up like a Ghostbusters-style fantasy-comedy but plays like so many slapdash Happy Madison productions before it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 23, 2015
Here's a shocker: In Pixels, his latest, Adam Sandler plays a stunted man-child who turns out to be very, very special.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 23, 2015
Theoretically, this could have been a lot of fun, particular for those with fond memories of '80s video gamery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 22, 2015
Though "Pixels" may be hard to respect or fully endorse, it's also impossible to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2015
Part of the problem is that it's unclear who the filmmakers think their audience is. This is a big-budget spectacle about 1980s nostalgia aimed at kids who have no emotional connection to the decade. Pixels is also insanely sexist.
July 22, 2015
It's hard not to look at Pixels and feel like Sandler & Co. missed a huge opportunity here.
July 22, 2015
For a movie that's supposedly about delivering weightless, uncomplicated fun, "Pixels" is an overwhelmingly sad experience.
July 22, 2015
Moronic jokes, lame action and depictions of middle-aged neuroses. In other words: a Sandler movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
July 22, 2015
Pixels plays the Ghostbusters card hard, clothing its warriors in matching jumpsuits and swarming them with cheering New York crowds. But these gestures feel unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 22, 2015
The point of "Pixels" - other than some genuinely thrilling SFX of matter evaporating into digitized blocks of confetti - is the dumb message that guys who peaked in middle school totally deserve hot girlfriends because of their awesome gaming skills
Full Review | Original Score: 20/100
July 22, 2015
Within the rarified realm of 1980s videogame nostalgia, Pixels is no Wreck-It-Ralph.
July 22, 2015
A dimwitted '80s nostalgia trip best appreciated by those who have waited years for Adam Sandler's fine-grained intelligence and Chris Columbus' filmmaking mastery to finally converge.
July 22, 2015
You can see the calculations of the filmmakers - Hey, let's put in a cute kid! Let's add a funny animated sidekick! - but you can't see why they wanted to make this film in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4