88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A dizzying lowlife saga that’s fast, smart, wicked, sort of ambitious and blazingly ironic. It’s as unpredictable as a Lindsay Lohan drive to the grocery store, as overstuffed as the pictures on Anthony Weiner’s Twitter feed and as hilarious as me on the bench press.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Even though Pain & Gain does indeed mine laughs from some very violent acts, there is nothing in this movie that glamorizes those three meatheads. Kudos to Bay and his screenwriters for making sure we’re laughing at them, not with them.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

With Pain & Gain, his surprising true-crime comedy, Bay has finally decided to lighten up a bit.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
An outrageous based-on-real-life tale that's perfectly suited to director Michael Bay's insanely overblown stylistic and thematic temperament.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s just too much — too much graphic violence, too many plot wrinkles, too much stupidity, too many supporting players to track...For a movie as physically fit as this one wants to be, Pain & Gain is carrying way too much extra weight.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Wahlberg and Johnson are the saving graces of an in-your-face movie.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on.
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50

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Bay can be a master of exuberant chaos, but here the violence mostly lands with a sickening thud, which is fitting, one supposes, but also ultimately numbing.
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50

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Bay blankets the film in a tone of smug self-awareness that obscures everything but its bald hypocrisy.
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40

Village Voice

By Ciara LaVelle
When the story runs off the rails and crashes headfirst into a too-perfect ending, it's because Bay was led astray by the same things that got the Sun Gym Gang into this mess in the first place: superficiality, ambition, and the belief that reality just isn't good enough.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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