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

71%

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

7%

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

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