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Reviews: Pacific Rim (2013)

pacific_rimReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • [New – 4/3/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: It seems the size of the warring behemoths was too overwhelming and the auteur’s vision was blocked out like the sun. There’s despairingly little of del Toro to be found in Pacific Rim.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: While the film can be quite bad at times, feeling like the world’s priciest B-movie, it remains watchable.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Del Toro’s not filming a beer commercial; he’s making epic action art.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: deserves to be seen on the big screen – the bigger the better.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: All [Guillermo del Toro’s] films share his vivid love of colour, his sense of wonder at the power of storytelling, and his giddy, enthusiastic imagination. He invests himself and makes even his grandest epics feel human, even when his characters aren’t.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: PACIFIC RIM—as hulking and earnestly dumb a blockbuster as are its robot Jaegers—represents a bit of a concession to box office realities from its director, Guillermo del Toro.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Por muy imaginativa que sea visualmente y las ideas de ciencia ficción tan buenas que tiene el guión, “Pacific Rim” nunca acaba de arrancar, y el resultado es aburrido.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Apparently, conventional military responses like bombs and missiles aren’t effective against the Kaiju, but beating the snot out of them with giant robots is. And yes, that’s the sort of logic you’re going to have to buy to get through this.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Del Toro does these creations and the action involving them no favors by shooting so much of them in virtual close-up…
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Though we may have seen bits of this and that in previous sci-fi adventures, the ingredients haven’t ever been steeped together quite like this particular briny bouillabaisse. Soup’s on … enjoy.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Film-turned-video game with weak plot and uninteresting heroes
  • Ali Gray @
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Like Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Pacific Rim replicates that sense of picking up inanimate—profoundly static—objects, and moving them about, making them fight, think and feel.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Easily the best big-budget film of the year so far, Pacific Rim is gloriously corny and entirely unashamed of it, and no small work of formal artistry.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A war movie in the grandest tradition, set in a rich new fictional universe that we’re going to be talking about for a long time.
  • Dan Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: It’s an experience satisfactorily arranged to deliver laughs, spills and shrieks of mirth, and from where I was sitting at least, it evoked a staggeringly positive reaction from my bedazzled film-going companions
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: When the dust of any sci-fi/action/disaster film settles, the keys to success lie not necessarily in the quality of the narrative, but in the credibility of the setup and the execution of the material. Guillermo del Toro, if nothing else, is a master executor. Pacific Rim may have plenty of flaws, but it’s one of the most entertaining flawed films in some time.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: “Style over substance” is an oft-used critical bon mot, but in the case of Pacific Rim, it truly feels as though so much energy was spent on the staggering, peerless craft that the story was merely an afterthought, trumped and quite literally belittled by its base concept.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Pacific Rim is like the grown up version of little boys on the playground crashing their toys into each other, making explodey noises with their mouths.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Here there be monstously good movies…
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Giant monsters and giant robots pummel each other into mountains of fleshy alien goo and metallic scrap heaps in director Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, a big, thunderous mashup of the Godzilla and Transformers film franchises that threatens to pound the viewer into submission but also manages to fulfill just about every desire a 10-year-old monster movie fan might have.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: In a summer when all the major blockbusters either fully disappointed or could only be enjoyed with reservations and equivocations, Pacific Rim arrived in the nick of time to save the day. Much like its high-powered heroes, it is a well-oiled, high-tech machine designed to pummel the bloated monsters that would otherwise be its competitors for champion of the season.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Guillermo del Toro takes Michael Bay to school on the subject of giant robots.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Of its many failings, the biggest drawback to “Pacific Rim” is the sci-fi fantasy’s presentation as anything other than children’s movie. A PG rating would have been more appropriate than the PG-13 the movie touts.
  • Matthew Sorrento @ Film International
    • Excerpt: del Toro playing it safe but with ease.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: ‘Power Rangers’ on steroids.
  • Phil Villarreal @ Pacific Rim
    • Excerpt: As if to prove its streetwise pimp cred, the movie rounds up the two main dudes from the ridiculously amazing Sons of Anarchy to help rassle the Kaiju.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The story that surrounds the monster-on-metal action is so trite and insipid that it torpedoes even the elemental pleasures of the film’s Saturday matinee spectacle.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 12:09 pm

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