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Pacific Rim (2013)

Country: USA

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Taglines: To fight monsters we created monsters

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Travis Beacham

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Diego Klattenhoff, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, ...

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

100 | 2013-07-12 | Matt Zoller Seitz

If I were nine years old, I would see the monsters-versus-robots adventure Pacific Rim 50 times. Because I'm in my forties and have two kids and two jobs, I'll have to be content with seeing it a couple more times in theaters and re-watching it on video.
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100 | 2013-07-10 | Steve Persall

Pacific Rim gives big, dumb and loud an exemplary name and summer audiences something to cheer.
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100 | 2013-07-10 | Lou Lumenick

There’s no shortage of brains, brawn, eye candy, wit and even some poetry in this epic battle between massive lizard-like monsters and 25-story-high robots operated by humans.
Read More: New York Post

100 | 2013-07-08 | Robbie Collin

At first, watching Pacific Rim feels like rediscovering a favourite childhood cartoon – but del Toro has flooded the project with such affection and artistry that, rather than smiling nostalgically, you find yourself enchanted all over again.
Read More: The Telegraph

90 | 2013-07-11 | Andrew O'Hehir

This is a noisy, chaotic, technology-crazed 21st-century action film, but also one made with tremendous excitement, vigor and heart, along with a myriad of wonderful details.
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90 | 2013-07-10 | Kenneth Turan

Guillermo del Toro is more than a filmmaker, he's a fantasy visionary with an outsized imagination and a fanatical specificity, a creator of out-of-this world universes carefully conceived down to the smallest detail. His particular gifts and passions are on display in the long-awaited Pacific Rim and the results are spectacular.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

88 | 2013-07-10 | Ty Burr

Pacific Rim is, hands down, the blockbuster event of the summer — a titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all expectations, with a heart, a brain, and something approximating a soul.
Read More: Boston Globe

80 | 2013-07-09 | Keith Uhlich

Every monster-movie archetype is here, from nerdy scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) to hard-stare leaders (Idris Elba) with a penchant for 11th-hour inspirational speeches. (Watching the former Stringer Bell bellow about “canceling the apocalypse!” is one of those great, giddy pleasures you didn’t know you needed.)
Read More: Time Out New York

80 | 2013-07-08 | Matthew Leyland

A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans.
Read More: Total Film

80 | 2013-07-08 | Jordan Hoffman

It is one of the better dumbass sci-fi action movies to come down the pike in quite some time.
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80 | 2013-07-05 | Stephanie Zacharek

Pacific Rim is big and dumb in a smart way.
Read More: Village Voice

75 | 2013-07-12 | Ian Buckwalter

Director Guillermo del Toro knows that the charm in the clash of scale - or armor-plated titans isn't necessarily tied to the low budgets and laughable production design of those guilty-pleasure TV shows. And with Pacific Rim, he cracks the code.
Read More: NPR

75 | 2013-07-11 | Liam Lacey

Of all this year’s loud, over-long summer action movies that, in various ways, simulate the experience of having a tin bucket placed over your head and being struck repeatedly with a stick, it must be said that Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is by far the most entertaining.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

75 | 2013-07-11 | Peter Travers

What pulls us over the rough spots is the mind meld between del Toro the artist and the child inside him. They both want to astonish us. Geeks everywhere, salute.
Read More: Rolling Stone

75 | 2013-07-11 | Steven Rea

Pacific Rim shares much with the Mexican filmmaker's "Hellboy" franchise - jokey and comic book-y, full of muscular tableaus with huge squads of people coming and going (and running for their lives).
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

75 | 2013-07-11 | Marc Mohan

Idris Elba exudes the requisite militaristic authority as Raleigh's commanding officer, and Rinko Kikuchi is his determined partner in mecha mayhem.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

75 | 2013-07-11 | James Berardinelli

There's not a single original moment to be found in Pacific Rim's 130-minute running time, but that doesn't much matter because the familiar beats are conveyed with maximum expertise intended to provide a visceral experience.
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75 | 2013-07-11 | Michael Phillips

It's closer to the hammering "Transformers" aesthetic than expected. Yet the weirdness around the edges saves it from impersonality.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

75 | 2013-07-10 | A.A. Dowd

Yet for all its expensive grandeur, almost too epic even for the vast canvases of IMAX, Pacific Rim is unmistakably a Del Toro creation.
Read More: The A.V. Club

75 | 2013-07-10 | Richard Roeper

It is a ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie that plays like a gigantic version of that “Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em Robots” game from the 1960s, combined with the cheesy wonderfulness (or should it be wonderful cheesiness?) of black-and-white Japanese monster movies from the 1950s.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

70 | 2013-07-11 | Dana Stevens

Coming out of Pacific Rim I felt energized rather than enervated, excited to describe certain nifty details of the film’s wacked-out imaginary world to friends, maybe even ready to … sit through certain parts again?
Read More: Slate

70 | 2013-07-11 | A.O. Scott

Pacific Rim, with its carefree blend of silliness and solemnity, is clearly the product of an ingenious and playful pop sensibility.
Read More: The New York Times

70 | 2013-07-10 | Bill Goodykoontz

It’s not the best movie of the summer, not by a long shot, but if there’s such a thing as smarter dumb fun, this is probably it.
Read More: Arizona Republic

70 | 2013-07-08 | Todd McCarthy

To kill time between action set-pieces, del Toro has done an above-average job of avoiding tedium via some flavorsome casting, passably interesting plot contrivances and, above all, by maintaining strong forward momentum. Unlike so many similar crash-bang action spectaculars, this one feels lean and muscular rather than bloated or padded; the combat is almost always coherent and dramatically pointed rather than just splashed on the screen for its own sake.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

67 | 2013-07-10 | Marjorie Baumgarten

There’s no denying Pacific Rim is the best film of its kind. It remains to be seen whether the film’s epic clawing and clanking satisfies a pent-up demand equal to its ambitions.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

67 | 2013-07-10 | Chris Nashawaty

In a sense, Pacific Rim winds up being not enough of a Guillermo del Toro movie. It's more like a mash-up of "Real Steel" and the "Transformers" pictures. Which is a shame, because the idea is undeniably cool.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

67 | 2013-07-08 | Eric Kohn

Too in love with itself to ever totally go off the rails, Pacific Rim doesn't qualify as the first full-on dud of del Toro's career, but it's hard not to get the sense that something's missing.
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63 | 2013-07-11 | Ann Hornaday

A big, lumbering, rock ’em, sock ’em mash-up of metallic heft and hyperbole, a noisy, overproduced disaster flick that sucks its characters and the audience down a vortex of garish visual effects and risibly cartoonish action. And you know what? It’s not bad!
Read More: Washington Post

63 | 2013-07-11 | Rene Rodriguez

It’s the cinematic equivalent of a kid playing with his toys and smashing action figures together, except del Toro does it with more grace and imagination than most. There are long sequences in this movie that merit that most overused of terms, “awesome.”
Read More: Miami Herald

63 | 2013-07-11 | Joe Williams

The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it’s a hollow exercise in homage.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

63 | 2013-07-10 | Roger Moore

Del Toro’s robots have weight and mass, and their epic, Hong Kong-smashing fights with the four and six-legged, clawed and horned monsters are visually coherent, unlike the messy blur of the “Transformers” movies. There’s a light, humorous feel to “Pacific Rim” because the science is silly and logic takes a flying leap.
Read More: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

63 | 2013-07-08 | Ed Gonzalez

Guillermo del Toro doesn't rise above the obligations of staging a film of this sort as a multi-level video game, a stylish but programmatic ride toward an inevitable final boss battle.
Read More: Slant Magazine

60 | 2013-07-11 | Mike D'Angelo

Pacific Rim never amounts to more than the sum of its setpieces, but it delivers on the promise of its premise.
Read More: The Dissolve

60 | 2013-07-10 | Tom Huddleston

If Del Toro is pitching for an audience of 12-year-old boys (and we do mean boys: this is old-school macho), he’s done a bang-up job. Still, there are times when Pacific Rim could be the work of any jobbing Hollywood director – the warmth and idiosyncracy that characterises Del Toro’s finest work, from Pan’s Labyrinth to Hellboy 2, is absent.
Read More: Time Out London

60 | 2013-07-08 | Andrew Pulver

Pacific Rim's wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into.
Read More: The Guardian

60 | 2013-07-08 | Ian Nathan

Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that.
Read More: Empire

50 | 2013-07-15 | Anthony Lane

It is possible to applaud Pacific Rim for the efficacy of its business model while deploring the tale that has been engendered — long, loud, dark, and very wet. You might as well watch the birth of an elephant.
Read More: The New Yorker

50 | 2013-07-12 | Peter Rainer

The Kaijus make zombies look like wusses, so at least the fights in this film are battles royal. But overload sets in early, and it all turns into battle boring.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

50 | 2013-07-12 | David Edelstein

Pacific Rim made me marvel at the technology of movies, but never the magic of them.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

50 | 2013-07-11 | Joe Morgenstern

"Could be worse" isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of Pacific Rim, but my head is still ringing, and hurting, from long stretches of this aliens vs. robots extravaganza that are no better than the worst brain-pounders of the genre.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

50 | 2013-07-11 | Richard Corliss

You get 45 minutes of awesome encased in 90 minutes of yawnsome.
Read More: Time

50 | 2013-07-11 | Lawrence Toppman

All performances remain irrelevant in the face of such expensive, explosive combat and destruction, and there the film excels: You will feel blown back into your seat, starting 40 seconds into the story.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

42 | 2013-07-10 | Rodrigo Perez

If your basic movie needs demand a little bit more -- logical premises; interesting, marginally original characters; dialogue that doesn’t reek of throaty, aspirational monologue after monologue -- Pacific Rim will leave you feeling hollow and wanting.
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40 | 2013-07-08 | Justin Chang

Although assembled with consummate care and obsessive attention to visual detail, Pacific Rim manages only fitful engagement and little in the way of real wonderment, suspense or terror.
Read More: Variety

38 | 2013-07-11 | Claudia Puig

The story's appeal is lost in all the fights between the monsters and robots.
Read More: USA Today

25 | 2013-07-11 | Mick LaSalle

If this is the best we can do in terms of movies - if something like this can speak to the soul of audiences - maybe we should just turn over the cameras and the equipment to the alien dinosaurs and see what they come up with.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

25 | 2013-07-09 | Rex Reed

An hour and 20 minutes into this two-hour-and-11-minute endurance test, a hungry Kaiju attacks the city of Hong Kong and eats the neon signs of every Cantonese restaurant in Victoria Harbor. It’s sort of worth waiting around for.
Read More: New York Observer

20 | 2013-07-11 | Joe Neumaier

Laudable as its world-building is, the film drags not just in its interminable middle hour, but also during the redundant monster-on-mechawarrior smackdowns.
Read More: New York Daily News