Pixels

Pixels
Pixels
  • PG-13
  • 1h 46m
  • 2015
Rotten16%
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When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games like PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten16%
Critics Consensus: Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.
Reviews
BuzzFeed News
Alison Willmore
Rotten

There are scenes in the surreally lazy, occasionally funny Pixels in which Sandler's face slips in...

February 22, 2019
The Age (Australia)
Philippa Hawker
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Dinklage and Gad bring an energy to their performances that Sandler conspicuously lacks. However,...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper
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Pixels is devoid of cynicism and it has a cheerfully cheesy vibe, and it's the kind of movie you'l...

February 22, 2019
Little White Lies
Chris Blohm
Rotten

It's the cinematic equivalent of receiving a supermarket brand deodorant gift set on Christmas mor...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Action, crass/raunchy humor in alien-attack sci-fi comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pixels is a sci-fi comedy starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a group of misfit, sometimes frankly creepy video game lovers who end up fending off an alien attack (in the form of giant classic video game characters). As per usual, Sandler plays an immature man/boy, this time one who never got over losing a video game championship as a kid in the '80s and now gets to redeem himself. There's explosive, destructive action violence -- Pac-Man eats his way through New York City, Centipede takes on Navy SEALs, a smurf gets shot with a laser and killed -- as well as fighting, weapons, and some fairly raunchy (and sometimes offensive) humor. Sexual innuendo includes talk of a three-way (though nothing is shown), and one character slaps others' butts. There's also a fair bit of social drinking by adults and some aggressive yelling and swearing, including "bitch," "sluts," and "s--tballs." Fans of Sandler, James, and gaming may find this Chris Columbus-directed movie somewhat entertaining, but it's not for little kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
  • Release Date:July 24, 2015
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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