• Released
  • April 26, 2013
  • R , 2 hr 9 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Comedy
  • 3,451 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Florida bodybuilders get caught up in an extortion ring.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For Crude Sexual Content, Bloody Violence, Drug Use, Language Throughout and Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids Violent, stupid, offensive, unfunny "true crime" story.
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