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Pacific Rim Synopsis
Human pilots use gigantic robots in a long-term war against legions of monstrous creatures.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
There’s no shortage of brains, brawn, eye candy, wit and even some poetry in this epic battle between massive lizard-like monsters and...
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By Matt Zoller Seitz
If I were nine years old, I would see the monsters-versus-robots adventure Pacific Rim 50 times. Because I'm in my forties and have two...
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The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
At first, watching Pacific Rim feels like rediscovering a favourite childhood cartoon – but del Toro has flooded the project with such...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Pacific Rim is, hands down, the blockbuster event of the summer — a titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all...
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Every monster-movie archetype is here, from nerdy scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) to hard-stare leaders (Idris Elba) with a...
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Total Film

By Matthew Leyland
A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans.
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Pacific Rim is big and dumb in a smart way.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
It is a ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie that plays like a gigantic version of that “Rock...
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By Justin Chang
Although assembled with consummate care and obsessive attention to visual detail, Pacific Rim manages only fitful engagement and little in...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The story's appeal is lost in all the fights between the monsters and robots.
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Started From The Bottom, Now We're Here!

By MedRed
The Good: Pacific Rim is an action packed ride with an interesting concept. The robot fighting is far more cohesive and easier to follow than Transformers. The touch of Japanese culture and mech...

This is the summer sleeper of the decade.

By JmattVersion1
After all the dust has cleared at the end of this summer and all the sequals that were or were not a bust have had their time. The film that either people will be ranting and raving about until it's...

Good Sci-Fi Entertainment

By trismm
The movie was better than I expected. If you like monsters and robots like me, this is a good movie to watch. Everything from the story, acting, and CGI special effects all were just right, pretty...

Epic Fights

By mattclark53
The movie was very corny and boring at the beginning I have to admit. Way over acted and too much interaction with the human drivers, rather than the Jaeger and kaeje fighting. But leading into the...

A shame this movie isn't doing better

By cericme
Let me start off with if you took your child to the Avengers they will be fine with this but, it is a little loud so I recommend earplugs. This is a good movie. It does a good job setting up...

Expected a better movie.

By jis17
The plot is very weak. For some reason, most of the dialogue is screamed at you, which makes this an unnecessarily loud movie. All the action shots happen at night, so it's hard to see what's...

Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots!

By UltramanNick
We went to see "Pacific Rim" at an IMAX 3D theater which, despite the higher cost, I think is the best way to see such a summer popcorn movie. Overall, I would give the movie a "7 1/2" out of 10. But...

Wanted to like it so much more than I did

By brairrose2
This is a movie worth seeing on a big screen if only because the movie is about epic sized machines battling epic sized mosters. I was impressed by the CG for both the robots and monsters. I also...

Better than the transformer movies...

By YouTalkingToMe
I feel if you like the first Transformers movie then you will like this movie. In addition to the cool visual affects and fight scenes it does take you back to the Godzilla movie days (yes, i'm older...

Worth seeing....but a mixed bag

By terrywyse
First off, best CGI I think I've ever seen. You really get a sense of the enormity of the robot machines and the monsters. The concept of a pair of robot "drivers" needing to sort of mind-meld...

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Rated PG-13 | For sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Loud robots vs. monsters movie could have used more heart.
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