Roger Avary’s review published on Letterboxd :
Michael Bay's entry into low-budget art film fare is a an assassination of the very culture of implants and abs Bay has deliciously glorified since his early music video days, and in some ways Pain & Gain is to Bay as Fight Club was to Fincher. The film feels high and distracted, with Bay diverting to whatever comic or sexual ephemera will please his audience in any given moment, the entire time taking delight in the absurdity of "A True Story". This is Bay's finest moment, and he uses his 30-second storytelling skills as a commercial director to do a stacked set of at least 260 sequences, emerging fully pumped and a total mess. I loved it.