From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. (c) Official Site









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Release date: Apr 26, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use
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Runtime: 130 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    It's funny as hell at times with a twisted sense of humor that one typically expects from the likes of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino. more

  • 75
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    This is easily Bay’s best movie, the work of a filmmaker with a cracked sense of humor that he is able to share with the audience. more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    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. more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    With Pain & Gain, his surprising true-crime comedy, Bay has finally decided to lighten up a bit. more

  • 70 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    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. more

  • 70
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    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. more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine - by Nick Schager
    An outrageous based-on-real-life tale that's perfectly suited to director Michael Bay's insanely overblown stylistic and thematic temperament. more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    It’s just too much — too much graphic violence, too many plot wrinkles, too much stupidity, too many supporting players to track...For a movie as physically fit as this one wants to be, Pain & Gain is carrying way too much extra weight. more

  • 50
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    A day and half after walking out with a sensation, primarily, of physical relief—at two hours and nine minutes, Pain & Gain makes for a long, loud, relentlessly assaultive sit—I find that my thumb is wavering at half-mast. I’m still not sure whether to mildly like or mildly hate this movie. more

  • 50
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Nobody in it seems to possess a nervous system. more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    The script’s occasional gestures toward making this an allegory of the failed American dream are extremely unconvincing in the context of a movie that revels in the excesses of macho culture while laughing at the hapless and stupid who can’t get it right. more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    That sense of extreme, excess, over-the-top everything is there from start to finish. And isn't that what Bay fans count on even at cut-rate prices? more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on. more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Peter Hartlaub
    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
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by David Hiltbrand
    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. more

  • 50
    NPR - by Scott Tobias
    Bay blankets the film in a tone of smug self-awareness that obscures everything but its bald hypocrisy. more

  • 50
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    There’s a certain kinetic charm to the first half of the movie, a freewheeling silliness to these outsized characters that makes you curious to see just how wrong things will go. But as the weightlifters’ plot spirals out of control, so does the movie’s. ...

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    Yes, the canon invoked for this film is that of the Three Stooges, but it’s still not as magnificently berserk as they can be. Set your expectations carefully for this one. more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    It all leaves you pondering whether you have just seen a monumentally stupid movie or a brilliant movie about the nature and consequences of stupidity. ...

  • 50
    Variety - by Scott Foundas
    Bay can be a master of exuberant chaos, but here the violence mostly lands with a sickening thud, which is fitting, one supposes, but also ultimately numbing. more

  • 42
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    The movie's best performance — and worst defamation — belongs to Tony Shalhoub, playing the first victim as a conniving, egotistical jerk who deserves to be kidnapped, maimed and ruined financially. more

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    This is a tragedy, not a comedy. more

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Ciara LaVelle
    When the story runs off the rails and crashes headfirst into a too-perfect ending, it's because Bay was led astray by the same things that got the Sun Gym Gang into this mess in the first place: superficiality, ambition, and the belief that reality just isn't good enough. more

  • 33
    The Playlist - by Rodrigo Perez
    Pain & Gain fails at being an entertaining and ridiculously fun Michael Bay movie and curdles into something much more tone deaf and obnoxious. more

  • 25
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    The whole thing is played for laughs that almost never come. To be sure, the film has its moments, but they’re few and far between. more

  • 25
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    Bay seems to have been gunning for something along the lines of "Blood Simple" or "A Simple Plan," but Pain & Gain is just plain simple. more

  • 25
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    Pain & Gain, a jokey but fatally tone-deaf true-crime caper, plays like “Fargo” for idiots. more

  • 25
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    Any pretensions of satire, moral ambiguity, or social commentary get lost in a hurricane of empty, mindless spectacle. more

  • 20
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    The story is told in a hammer-on-anvil manner that evinces no gift for social satire or sharp cultural insight. more

  • 0
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    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. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Mike

    The Rock was funny as hell in this….2 Thumbs Up!