Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Pacific Rim is a Visual Treat

Plus, Grown Ups 2 is lowbrow and mean-spirited.

by | July 11, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got giant robots (Pacific Rim, starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba) and old buddies (Grown Ups 2, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James). What do the critics have to say?

Pacific Rim


Director Guillermo del Toro‘s work occupies the little-traversed area where the arthouse meets the fevered imagination of a hyperactive 10-year-old. And critics say that’s mostly a good thing in the case of Pacific Rim, a visually stunning modern creature feature that makes up in action what it lacks in characterization. When a swarm of undersea monsters threaten humanity, a crack team of pilots take up arms — in the form of giant robots — to stave off mass destruction. The pundits say Pacific Rim isn’t particularly deep, but it delivers the blockbuster goods in an unpretentious, affectionate fashion. (Check out RT’s video interviews with the cast of Pacific Rim, as well as our gallery of the biggest movie monsters.)

Grown Ups 2


Critics found Grown Ups to be a lazy, lowbrow effort from talented people who should have known better; for Grown Ups 2, they’ve been even less generous, calling this sequel a mean-spirited, scatological, phoned-in bore. On the last day of school in a small New England town, Lenny (Adam Sandler) and his buddies (Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade) reminisce about the old days, get into trouble with a group of frat boys, and throw a raging 1980s-themed kegger. The pundits say Grown Ups 2 is stunningly inept, an indifferently-crafted film featuring broad, tossed-off gags that barely rate a chuckle. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Sandler’s best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Polls and Games TIFF Winners Photos Kids & Family FXX Countdown TV Valentine's Day Video Games Certified Fresh Year in Review Nickelodeon biography period drama TNT 24 frames crime thriller Horror sitcom Grammys Masterpiece Toys Bravo TCA Summer aliens Rock 2016 Red Carpet Universal Disney CBS All Access E! Trivia Pirates Esquire diversity Starz singing competition X-Men APB Sci-Fi vampires ABC Family Tomatazos PBS USA NBC ITV war Nat Geo serial killer DirecTV Tumblr LGBTQ Teen BET Marathons Watching Series Adult Swim Animation Sneak Peek adventure 2017 Comic Book Ghostbusters Superheroes WGN Comedy Central American Society of Cinematographers NYCC Awards sports CNN Opinion Music TBS AMC Super Bowl Interview cops BBC Oscars President FX The CW OWN GoT Drama Trailer Country TCM Marvel Crackle Amazon crime drama Hulu Mystery El Rey Pop Reality Competition Reality 007 HBO Comedy Star Trek DC Comics Election Netflix Set visit Sundance Cartoon Network Nominations CBS Disney Channel social media technology Syfy ABC politics Best and Worst discovery Podcast Spring TV History Calendar GIFs MTV SundanceTV Fall TV Action Premiere Dates Box Office First Look comiccon ESPN Rocky Biopics CMT IFC based on movie Character Guide thriller Freeform Winter TV boxoffice Schedule BBC America cooking Extras PaleyFest Musicals Showtime Cosplay Exclusive Video Mary Tyler Moore VICE science fiction Thanksgiving Martial Arts Infographic Writers Guild of America RT History A&E Fantasy GLAAD Lifetime Star Wars VH1 Fox News Lionsgate Rom-Com SDCC Logo cinemax docudrama 2015 police drama Food Network TV Land Emmys TCA 2017 harry potter Holidays travel MSNBC FOX TruTV dramedy