Metacritic Movie Ratings
Pacific Rim Reviews

4.0

64

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 80

    out of 100

    Village VoiceStephanie Zacharek

    Pacific Rim is big and dumb in a smart way.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard 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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin 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.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    The story's appeal is lost in all the fights between the monsters and robots.

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