Based on magazine articles by Pete Collins.
" I'm still not sure whether to mildly like or mildly hate this movie. "
" [Bay] blankets the film in a tone of smug self-awareness that obscures everything but its bald hypocrisy. "
" It may be the best movie Michael Bay's ever made. And suggests that, if you just kept his toys put away a little longer, someday he might even make a better one. "
" It makes for some stupid/slap-shtick fun of the Stooges variety -- that is, if Larry, Curly and Moe had been hunky gym rats engaged in illegal activity. "
" 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. "
" Skillfully made, genuinely funny and appalling for making light of true horror. "
" It's like a giant sculpture that is so strange and off-putting, it's instantly, intriguingly post-modern. Swept up in the film's pile-driving self-assurance, even Bay-haters may absorb the pain to enjoy the gain. "
" [King] is unfailingly articulate, gentlemanly and modest but this is a movie where more music, less talk would definitely have been an improvement. "
" Kudos to Bay and his screenwriters for making sure we're laughing at them, not with them. "
" This crude and ugly entertainment is as crass as everything this depressingly successful filmmaker has done. "
" "Pain & Gain" brings the pain, but it's difficult to see the gain. "
" This isn't great cinema, but it's vastly entertaining in an overblown, in-your-face sort of way. "
" 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. "
" Not only hollow and assaultive, but frenzied, madly violent and skullnumbingly loud. "
" Pain & Gain brings fun to the multiplex with its story of knucklehead bodybuilders with pumped-up dreams and 98-pound weakling brains. "
" 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. "
" Michael Bay sends a clear message to those of us who've been making fun of him: He's been in on the joke the whole time. "
" I left Pain & Gain wondering how it managed to be both Bay's most off-putting movie and his most artistically successful. "
" The whole thing is played for laughs that almost never come. "
" 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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