Pacific Rim Reviews

  • That's exactly what the film feels like: a 48-year-old kid playing with gigantic action figures in the world's most expensive sandbox. Unfortunately, his deep-rooted passion never quite makes the leap from his imagination to the screen.

    Chris Nashawaty — Entertainment Weekly

  • Some of those catchphrases are mildly clever. The lab coat mumbo-jumbo is amusing. The noble sentiments touch sweet chords. And who does not delight in seeing a robot punch a dinosaur every now and then - or pretty much constantly for two hours?

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This is Godzilla meets Transformers, with elements of the lesser Star Wars movies, all awash in thunderously loud, non-stop demolition.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • That humanistic touch is pure del Toro, and it makes all the difference in Pacific Rim, whose own whirring, glowing heart doesn't belong to any machine but to the director himself.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all expectations, with a heart, a brain, and something approximating a soul.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Pacific Rim is just the kind of big-ticket sci-fi adventure you'd want del Toro to make -- provided you'd want him to make one at all.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Village Voice

  • As gripping as watching a Transformer toy battle in a bathtub with a rubber dinosaur.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • It's closer to the hammering "Transformers" aesthetic than expected. Yet the weirdness around the edges saves it from impersonality.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Another marathon of cacophony and cliche.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Pacific Rim looks great. It's one of the rare 3-D features that probably delivers more in the large-screen, stereoscopic format - severed Kaiju limbs, comin' at ya!

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • While the concept isn't original enough to make this an evolutionary leap for the genre, it's a glorious tribute to B-movie fire and fury.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Del Toro is reveling in blockbuster cliches at the same time he's pounding them into the pavement, and somehow that self-consciousness lets us all in on the joke.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's big and loud and kind of dumb and predictable. The difference is that, in del Toro's hands, it's meant to be.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • You could make another film for half the budget in the time it takes to roll the end credits for CGI imaging. There's stuff to look at, but doesn't anybody care that it doesn't make a word of sense?

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The squarest, clunkiest and certainly loudest movie of director Guillermo del Toro's career, a crushed-metal orgy that plays like an extended 3D episode of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" on very expensive acid.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The extinction of mankind has loomed again and again over Hollywood blockbusters the past couple of years, though never anywhere near as entertainingly as in "Pacific Rim.''

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Even if you smirk at the plot conceit of mind-linked humans inside skyscraping robots fighting blockbuster sea beasts, the technical prowess on display can't help but impress.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • They don't let 14 year-old boys direct multi-million dollar feature films, but somehow Guillermo Del Toro has channeled the interests, attitudes and fears from that mindset with a clarity that far surpasses contemporaries like Michael Bay.

    Jordan Hoffman — Film.com

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