Metacritic Movie Ratings
Pain & Gain Reviews

3.0

45

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    With Pain & Gain, his surprising true-crime comedy, Bay has finally decided to lighten up a bit.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    VarietyScott 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village VoiceCiara 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.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    The story is told in a hammer-on-anvil manner that evinces no gift for social satire or sharp cultural insight.

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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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.

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