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2,503 Ratings

Pacific Rim

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
United States, 2013
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Synopsis

The world is on the brink of apocalypse as a war between humans and sea monsters threatens to destroy the entire planet in this visual effects extravaganza.

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Pacific Rim Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Special Visual Effects

Hugo Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

Empire Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Pacific Rim is anything but particularly grim in tone, luxuriating in each of its thrilling, exquisitely paced action sequences and laced with notes of potent humor and sincere kinship. (That being said, Ron Perlman’s welcome appearance as Hannibal Chau, a black-market dealer of kaiju entrails, would be worth the ticket price on its own.)
October 16, 2013
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Easily the best big-budget film of the year so far, Pacific Rim is gloriously corny and entirely unashamed of it, and no small work of formal artistry. It suggests a joie de vivre in its own absurdity and cinematic nature as well as confidence in its cornball dramatics and audio-visual force that’s been frustratingly lacking from the endless series of reboots and franchise instalments of the past couple of years.
August 11, 2013
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[…The] return to a resemblance-based world speaks to a powerful nostalgia in all of us, a yearning for a time when our eyes were all we needed, when all the information to be processed was visually accessible and demonstrable, the same as the evidence of our senses. There’s nothing especially new about Pacific Rim on that front. Still, there’s something distinctive about this movie, about its desire to meld everything, to wrest togetherness out of the deadly breaches in the world.
July 27, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    With budgets up to nine digits and counting, tentpoles are behemoths, but Del Toro—swapping catacombs for futurism—does well simply by making sure that the mythology is coherent and the characters are people you don't mind spending two hours around. It's one of his more impersonal, like most things that size, but it effectively proposes that disposable kaiju schlock was just lying in wait for the deluxe treatment.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    It's the type of bedazzled spectacle that takes you back to your youth, when every movie had the grandness and amazement of seeing a larger than life story for the very first time. Its dramatic and emotional complexity may be off, but it's an epic sci-fi/action film from a director who actually knows how to use alot of money for big-creative scale. Del Toro shows why Marvel and James Gunn are just mega-budget hacks.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    A big disappointment coming from Guillermo del Toro. A nice visual sense, but beyond that, everything is straight out of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster cliche textbook. I kept waiting for something clever, unique, or original to surprise me, but it never happened. Loud, dumb, and instantly forgettable.

  • Endless Eye's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    Depending on what you are trying to get out of your viewing experience, Pacific Rim is a class A spectacle with a mind-numbingly rehashed premise. If you don't mind the fact that nothing makes sense and the acting is awful, you might enjoy robots exploding their fists into monster skulls.

  • Matt Burgess's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    Beautiful destruction, epic CGI and imaginative monsters undone by shitty one-liners, crappy acting (those 'Australian' accents' lol) and a generic Hollywood rhythm. While still at times awesome escapism, Del Toro is still too much of a innocent 12 year old at heart to make this film a 'Starship Troopers'-style subversive blockbuster. Needs more Verhoeven satire, the spectacle feels too empty otherwise.

  • Michael Harbour's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    Guillermo Del Toro has too much sheer movie making competence to make a truly awful movie, but he can make a bad movie. But at least PACIFIC RIM is unpretentiously bad; built of tropes, cliches, and stereotypes with nary a whiff of freshness. Perfectly suited for the vast audience that demands the familiar. The animation looks great.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    It's popcorn fluff that does what it advertises, but it's easily forgotten the moment you exit the cinema. For my money, the "Patlabor" series of stories gave the notion of mecha its most thoughtful and entertaining treatment; all the bells and whistles of Del Toro's rendition just don't compare.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Pacific Rim

    The lack of exploitative 9/11 imagery is refreshing given its growing trend in blockbusters today. What made me love this film were its humanist themes—mankind is faced with armageddon and steps up to the challenge—and Guillermo del Toro's distinctive style of art direction, complementing what's going on inside the characters' heads. The sheer badassery of the many showdowns frequently brought a smile to my face.

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