Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain (2013)

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes "Pain and Gain," a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 26, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
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Consensus: It may be his most thought-provoking film to date, but Michael Bay's Pain & Gain ultimately loses its satirical edge in a stylized flurry of violent spectacle.

Wesley Morris

Pain & Gain weighs about 700 pounds when it ought to weigh 2.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Sarah Marrs

There are so many up-angle, slo-mo, 360 camera pans that it starts to feel like every actor is standing on their own personal Sit 'n' Spin.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Tom Charity

This crude and ugly entertainment is as crass as everything this depressingly successful filmmaker has done.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

For [Michael Bay], storytelling exists only to justify senselessly bashing some big shiny noisy stuff into other big noisy shiny stuff till your ears bleed for mercy.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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John Powers

It's just a piece of raucous vulgarity whose greatest virtue is the presence of Wahlberg and Johnson. They're amusing and oddly likable as two amoral, reprehensibly violent dopes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
"Pain and Gain" isn't just another in a long line of Michael Bay films that "cinephiles" can point to as proof positive that cinema is… More
Phil Hubbs
OK lets get one thing straight here, let me clear up a big misconception for you all, weight lifting does not equal fitness. You wanna get properly fit,… More
Spencer S.
By far, I am not saying that Michael Bay finally pulled his head out of his ass and made a film that doesn't rely on juvenile humor and violence, but… More
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Eugene Bernabe
The chemistry among the lead roles were great and at times laughable, but Pain & Gain lacks the ability to maintain a provoking storyline with the amount of… More
Manu Gino
Their American Dream Is Bigger Than Yours! Excellent Movie! For years, Michael Bay's career has solely consisted of shoot em up flicks and apocalyptic… More