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Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.

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When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models. Knowing that he must employ a similar strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood pal, former video-game champ and home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcade players and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) in an all-out battle to save the planet.

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Adam Sandler
Sam Brenner
Kevin James
President Will Cooper
Michelle Monaghan
Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten
Josh Gad
Ludlow Lamonsoff
Brian Cox
Admiral Porter
Anthony Ippolito
13-Year-Old Brenner
Andrew Bambridge
13-Year-Old Eddie
Tim Herlihy
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Timothy Dowling
Screenwriter
Barry Bernardi
Executive Producer
Michael Barnathan
Executive Producer
Jack Giarraputo
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Critic Reviews for Pixels

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Audience Reviews for Pixels

  • Jun 01, 2016
    If you thought that Adam Sandler's career had hit the basement before, you haven't seen Pixels yet. This has a premise that would likely be amusing if it was an animated short but that is it. As a feature film, this is total garbage. The funniest part was the part when... Or that one where.... Yeah, I really couldn't tell you. This movie sucked. A lot.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2016
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/pixels-dir-chris-columbus-2015-pixels.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    No one would be denying that Adam Sandler has past his prime - and then some. The man continues to churn out typecast cookie cutter comedies without much variation in theme or humour, despite the dropping attendance and box-office revenue. Knowing that, Pixels is still far from Sandler at his prime, but there is a smidgen of fun to be had here. The reverence for old-school video games played out as an alien invasion film is amusing; the jokes may not be mined for all they are worth, and many are relegated right into Sandler's cliché wheelhouse, but a lean running time and the "play it safe" for the kids attitude keeps things rolling quite nicely. Some thrifty but nifty effects just add charm to a film that quite rightly shouldn't have any, but wins out by the sheer luck of it.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2015
    For those who really want to enjoy the movie, you can do it two ways. Either watch the short or fast-forward every bad and cheesy Adam Sandler scene you see, then watch that video game moment, then fast-forward again for another bad and cheesy Adam Sandler scene, and repeat until the end of the movie. This should've been a better movie if Adam Sandler and friends weren't in it.
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