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Rob Vaux

Rob Vaux

A Southern California native, Rob Vaux fell in love with the movies at an early age and has been a professional critic since the year 2000. His work has appeared on Flipside Movie Emporium, Mania.com, Collider.com and Filmcritic.com as well as the Sci-Fi Movie Page. He lives in the heart of surfer country with a whirling menagerie of pets and a very understanding wife.

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9 Comments

  1. 6

    Amber

    Thank you for this review. This movie has to be one of the worst movies while also being the biggest missed opportunity for children of the seventies and eighties- or if they couldn’t pull that off -it could have at least been a decent movie for children, or anyone at all. The only sense I can make of this is picturing Sandler laughing As he’s giving the finger to his entire audience on purpose- that would be better than thinking that idiots like this make millions and waste millions everyday with this self-loathing spoiled two year old grown man crap. I mean Pac Man!? Arcades? fucking Tetris?! How could you fuck up something so simple (so simply loved) as completely as they fucked up this movie. Are people really this stupid? Thank you for this review. This movie has to be one of the worst movies while also being the biggest missed opportunity for children of the seventies and eighties- or if they couldn’t pull that off -it could have at least been a decent movie for children, or anyone at all. The only sense I can make of this is picturing Sandler laughing As he’s giving the finger to his entire audience on purpose- that would be better than thinking that idiots like this make millions and waste millions everyday with this self-loathing spoiled two year old grown man crap. I mean Pac Man!? Arcades? fucking Tetris?! How could you fuck up something so simple (so simply loved) as completely as they fucked up this movie. Are people really this stupid? I’m not even trying to be dramatic when I say that this side of humanity is terrifying in its insidious – self important – laziness . This is humanity emotionally stunted to be that of a two year old – I really feel like I have become “stupid-er” via mind rape by Adam Sandler.
    Your review sums up my feelings about this film completely – at least there are some with IQ points to spare.

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    1. 6.1

      Amber

      Oops somehow this double posted- damn you Sandler – my brain is now mush

  2. 5

    Real Watchers

    Ha ha ha. Yet again, another nasty, noisy hater critic who couldn’t pull a good movie out of his own arse. Stop wasting internet space with your bull.

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  3. 4

    Jeff

    Doug have you only seen one movie this summer mate? Only thing that could explain your thoughts on what is simply an attempt by Hollywood to hook some dollars out of your back pocket. Juvenile, poorly written, morally cringable tripe served up to the lowest common denominator. No doubt it’ll make a packet from the Bogan hordes Downunder, I fear for the future of our society.

    FInal point “unfounded hate for Sandler”, haven’t you noticed he plays the same character badly in every movie he is in? Exhibit A for the definition of “one note actor”.

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  4. 3

    David Baker

    I agree with Doug: Did you even see this movie? Such ranting, and not sure why you were expecting Citizen Kane from the likes of a Happy Madison production. It’s a movie about 80’s video game characters that “come to life”, attack Earth and stars Adam Sandler…duh! Your seething hatred of Adam Sandler comes through in every use of the word “fuck” as an exclamation point, which is often done by hacks who cannot get their point across in a more constructive manner. If you personally do not like Adam Sandler then you should leave the reviews to others (and the millions of fans) that appreciate his work.

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  5. 2
    James

    James

    My 12-year-old daughter dragged me to go see it and she liked it a lot. So, to be honest, did the audience I saw it with. I don’t think it deserves zero stars, but the truth is that it could have done more with the concept. It is a wasted opportunity – in that sense Rob is right: the film-makers were lazy. But it’s not that awful really unless you really REALLY hate Adam Sandler.

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  6. 1

    Doug

    I have a hard time believing you even watched this movie. There was nothing lazy about it. The best movie I have seen this summer. The unfounded hate for Sandler is deplorable. This movie is full of great one liners and is full of nostalgia for those born in the 70’s. There is nothing not to like about this movie. I think your review was “lazy” and thoughtless.

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    1. 1.1

      Jim

      Doug, Pixels was horrible. What’s worse was that it was a wasted opportunity. The concept could have been developed into a wonderful sci-fi comedy in the vein of Ghostbusters. But instead Sandler and his cronies slacked their way through another film recycling the same jokes/characters from the last 10 films. It could have been so much better with people who actually cared. I’m begging for an immediate remake by people with talent who give a shit.

    2. 1.2

      Brittni

      You…you’re the only civilized person who actually enjoyed Pixels and agrees that it doesn’t deserve all the hate it gets. Thank you, I wish more people in this world were like you

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