Pain & Gain 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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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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Entertainment Weekly

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

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

By Claudia Puig
A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on.
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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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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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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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I need to get a pump.

By bcjmunroe
Just saw this movie and it was a good time. No - it definitely won't win any awards and no you probably won't feel inspired to bring peace to the world but if you like dark comedies then you are going...

Fact Stranger Than Fiction

By MedRed
Michael Bay offers up a visual treat. The imagery is stunning and of course there is an explosion or two. The constant changes in first person narrative poorly ape Guy Ritchie's style. While there...

Pain, gain, & little to entertain

By Deebie1975
If you've seen the hilarious clips then you've seen the movie. Was expecting an entertaining movie but it was more like a botched crime and cheesy adult entertainment flick. The movie was drawn out...

worst movie ever

By sugarsweet281
I never write reviews, but I felt compelled to write this review after watching this horribly awful movie. DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! It was that bad. Really. Save your money and time. The...

pain and gain

By beebob4180
the rocks character is a bit strange, him as a cry baby type character was a bit far fetched ........ but its a true story and he was trying to portray the character, im just not used to him in this...

Pain and more pain

By Suz3
Read sugar sweet review below. It's right on. I never review movies. We see everything. We went with college & high school sons. They hated it to. I love the rock and Wahlberg. I love edgy dark...

Pain & Gain was definitely painful, but...

By burkejen93
This would have been a great movie if it weren't based on a true story. Holy hell. I just can't believe this really happened. I literallly felt dirty watching it, and I am an adult. I would not...

Stupid Pain Without Gain!!!

By pedsarq
This movie is full of stupid characters, committing stupid crimes, for stupid reasons. There are plenty of funny and ridiculous moments that will keep you entertained at times, but they're not...

Pain & Gain

By wgm
Non stop action and Funny too, it was well written and just a great action movie. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie portrayed their characters well, considering they were douche bags...

More Laughs Than Expected

By dd_chapman
Call it a dark comedy but I call it an unexpected amount of fun. The story of three body builders who decide to take from the rich to give to the poor (themselves). The comedic delivery from...

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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 Violent, stupid, offensive, unfunny "true crime" story.
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