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When legions of 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.

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Release date: Jul 12, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
 
Official website: http://www.pacificrimmovie.com/
 
Runtime: 131 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 100
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Pacific Rim gives big, dumb and loud an exemplary name and summer audiences something to cheer. ...read more

  • 100
    New York Post - by 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

  • 100
    The Telegraph - by 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

  • 90
    Salon.com - by 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. ...read more

  • 90
    Los Angeles Times - by 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

  • 88
    Boston Globe - by 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

  • 80
    Total Film - by 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

  • 80
    Film.com - by Jordan Hoffman
    It is one of the better dumbass sci-fi action movies to come down the pike in quite some time. ...read more

  • 80
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    Pacific Rim is big and dumb in a smart way. ...read more

  • 75
    NPR - by 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

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by 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

  • 75
    Rolling Stone - by 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

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by 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

  • 75
    Portland Oregonian - by 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

  • 75
    ReelViews - by 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. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    It's closer to the hammering "Transformers" aesthetic than expected. Yet the weirdness around the edges saves it from impersonality. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by 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

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by 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

  • 70
    Slate - by 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

  • 70
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    Pacific Rim, with its carefree blend of silliness and solemnity, is clearly the product of an ingenious and playful pop sensibility. ...

  • 70
    Arizona Republic - by 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. ...

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by 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

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by 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

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly - by 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

  • 67
    indieWIRE - by 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. ...read more

  • 63
    Washington Post - by 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

  • 63
    Miami Herald - by 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

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by 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

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by 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

  • 63
    Slant Magazine - by 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

  • 60
    Time Out London - by 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

  • 60
    The Guardian - by 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

  • 60
    Empire - by 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

  • 50
    The New Yorker - by 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

  • 50
    Christian Science Monitor - by 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

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Pacific Rim made me marvel at the technology of movies, but never the magic of them. ...read more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal - by 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

  • 50
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    You get 45 minutes of awesome encased in 90 minutes of yawnsome. ...read more

  • 50
    Charlotte Observer - by 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

  • 42
    The Playlist - by 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. ...read more

  • 40
    Variety - by 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

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by 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

  • 25
    New York Observer - by 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

  • 20
    New York Daily News - by 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

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