Pacific Rim

When someone says to you, "Robots versus aliens," you’re going to have one of two possible reactions: 1) Oh, God! with an eye roll, or 2) OK, awesome! What you think of this movie hinges on your response. So, without further ado…

If you said Oh God! with an eye roll:

This movie is a spectacular waste of time. Its lack of substance is exceeded only by its absurdity. It is a special-effects projectile vomit of a film—imagine the final scene of Aliens two hours long and on steroids. If you spliced together Godzilla and Transformers and threw in a touch of the Vulcan mind meld, well, there you have it. It’s a 6.

If you said OK, awesome!:

This has to be the best creature feature in years. Unlike the shaky confusion of Cloverfield, director Guillermo del Toro doesn’t shy away from the super-sized invaders—when these things eat a bridge, you see them do it. Buy a feedbag full of popcorn and a bucket of soda, leave your inner skeptic at home and sit back and enjoy. It’s an 8.