Pain & Gain
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pain & Gain weighs about 700 pounds when it ought to weigh 2."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Now [Bay] hits new levels of both artistry and sleaziness in the black comedy Pain & Gain, which I strongly recommend if you don't overvalue taste, subtlety, and moral decency. I liked it."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"An often hilarious black comedy with a nicely embedded moral."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It's hard to see how any of these experienced actors, none of whom are convincing, saw the funny side of this or the appeal of their characters."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"While not a faithful re-enactment of a horrific true story, Pain & Gain will certainly please those looking for cheap thrills"
‑ James Luxford, The National
"The first hour may be Bay's career high point: it's fast, freaky, gloriously tasteless and startlingly pointed in its attacks on western insecurity, shallowness and greed."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"This crude and ugly entertainment is as crass as everything this depressingly successful filmmaker has done."
‑ Tom Charity,
"While Pain & Gain often frustrates, Bay's overwhelming cinematic sense is undeniable."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Sight and Sound
"Watching Pain & Gain might give you testosterone poisoning, but it's easily Michael Bay's funniest and most interesting work to date."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"...the film occasionally approaches something resembling satire. Bay's attempts at humour are not always insightful though - a dead woman's breast implant still gets giggled."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"In between scenes of the muscleheads torturing their victim, Bay indulges his taste for treating women as sluts and grisly brutality as a nifty excuse for a cheap laugh."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's official. Michael Bay, director of the Transformers clobberfests, knows how to make movies about humans, too. The problem is, he thinks humans are robots."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Michael Bay has finally made a film worthy of deep consideration."
‑ Corey Atad, Movie Mezzanine
"Rather than take its true crime caper inspiration seriously, it pawns off its real-life players as dumb action figures and has little respect for the victims involved either."
‑ Max Kyburz, Film Comment Magazine
"Michael Bay's lurid crime comedy Pain & Gain is as excessively pumped-up as you would imagine, a berserk, overblown action movie on steroids."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
More reviews for Pain & Gain on Rotten Tomatoes