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Reviews: Pain & Gain (2013)

pain_and_gainReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: There are funny moments, particularly in the first act. But it’s still a pretty ugly movie.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Pain & Gain confirms what the casting of the Transformers series suggested: Michael Bay is clearly a fan of the Coen Brothers.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Covered in an impenetrable layer of irony that evinces the smuggest imaginable contempt for the characters.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Things play out like an R-rated, steroid-fueled Looney Tunes cartoon. Sure, it’s entertaining at times, but it’s the film equivalent of chugging three Red Bulls and then trying to play Jenga.
  • [New – 10/10] | Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Michael Bay hace una película rara para él: tiene sentido, cuenta bien una historia y tiransmite una que otra idea
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …only sustains itself long enough for the lads to accomplish the first step of their plot before devolving into a morass of overload, dry stretches, Bay’s predilection for cheap titillation and behavior too ugly for fun.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Pain & Gain is crass, aesthetically, morally and comedically bankrupt. It’s a torrid, unpleasant journey through the life of three morons who tried to get rich through acts of cold-blooded murder, re-imagined as a knockabout romp full of toilet humour, upskirt shots and incessant slow-motion. In short, it’s the best film that Michael Bay has made in the last ten years, and easily one of the worst you are likely to see this year.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Here the method is the madness—vein-popping, muscular camera work not only informs but mirrors the air-headed machinations of PAIN & GAIN’s dunderhead gym-rats.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Bay ha juntado un poco de los hermanos Coen (por ese guión tan demencial), un poco de Tarantino (por esas situaciones escabrosas tan divertidas y el tono que tiene) y un poco de Oliver Stone (por su estilo visual y su carga satírica), y ha dado en el blanco.
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def
    • Excerpt: Bay bombards his audience with his usual repertoire of flamboyantly dizzying camerawork and a wild, scorching palette that has the cast looking as if they’ve been baking for days. […] It’s a steroid-injected, testosterone-driven display of slow-motion action, half-circle tracking shots, and dramatic push-ins.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is sleazy, abrasive entertainment, and that’s a compliment without backhand.
  • Kate Erbland @ Film School Rejects
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: In this quirky, chaotic, dunderhead comedy caper, too much pain is inflicted for little gain.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A bleak, bitter, wicked pleasure that holds up the underpinnings of modern America — self-help, Jesus, and violence — for ridicule.
  • Dan Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: the success is more down to a trio of brilliant performances and a wonderful screenplay than anything Bay supplies directorially, but there’s no denying that his usual trademarks (frantic edits, sensory excess and rampant sexualisation) are put to appropriate use.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Josh Larsen @
    • Excerpt: I can’t help but wonder if Pain & Gain is the reason Michael Bay was put on this earth.
  • Peter Martin @ Dallas Film Now
    • Excerpt: Michael Bay explores a real-life story about Miami bodybuilders, circa the mid-1990s, with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson on board. Does this tale of stupid criminals ring true?
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Pain & Gain is a Day-Glo, roid-rage explosion that will shrink your nards.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Although it could never be called dull, Michael Bay’s brash and in-your-face tale of bodybuilders biting off more than they can chew squanders almost all of its potential thanks to the director’s self-indulgent and casually misogynistic sensibilities.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Scott Nye @ CriterionCast
    • Excerpt: So insane and incendiary, I’m genuinely in shock that a major studio financed and is releasing it. Would that all filmmakers used their clout to do something this big, bold, fierce, and accomplished.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Needless to say, wane and strain outmuscles Pain & Gain.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: The lower budget might have resulted in fewer explosions and less wall-to-wall action, but make no mistake: this is full-frontal Bay machismo overload, bursting at the seams with blood, sweat, muscles, and bimbos, coated in that slick 90s oily sheen and drenched in Miami heat.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: You don’t want an action comedy to cross the line and become an assault on the audience…but Michael Bay’s ‘Pain & Gain’ does precisely that.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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