(2013)

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88
A dizzying lowlife saga that's fast, smart, wicked, sort of ambitious and blazingly ironic. It's as unpredictable as a Lindsay Lohan drive to the grocery store, as overstuffed as the pictures on Anthony Weiner's Twitter feed and as hilarious as me on the bench press.
75
With Pain & Gain, his surprising true-crime comedy, Bay has finally decided to lighten up a bit.
75
Even though Pain & Gain does indeed mine laughs from some very violent acts, there is nothing in this movie that glamorizes those three meatheads. Kudos to Bay and his screenwriters for making sure we're laughing at them, not with them.
60
Wahlberg and Johnson are the saving graces of an in-your-face movie.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Yep, it's all fun and games until someone gets brutalized repeatedly. Before you can avert your eyes, it's Katie, bar the door and break out the chain saws.
50
A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
It's a homemade protein-and-steroids smoothie of a plot, combining elements of gore, self-parody, 1990s nostalgia overload and an attempt to say something -- while actually saying absolutely nothing -- about the American dream.
50
Bay blankets the film in a tone of smug self-awareness that obscures everything but its bald hypocrisy.
20
The story is told in a hammer-on-anvil manner that evinces no gift for social satire or sharp cultural insight.
12
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. Pain and Gain is personal all right. You leave these characters with the distinct impression that they're Bay's kind of people.
0
Michael Bay's absurdist comedy is all pain, no gain and an utter monstrosity. It may be the most unpleasant movie I've ever seen, and I'm not forgetting "Freaks," which Pain & Gain resembles, come to think of it.

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