Pixels

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Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.

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As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they're going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.(C) Sony

Cast

Adam Sandler
as Sam Brenner
Peter Dinklage
as Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant
Kevin James
as Pres. Will Cooper
Michelle Monaghan
as Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten
Jane Krakowski
as First Lady
Josh Gad
as Ludlow Lamonsoff
Sean Bean
as Corporal Hill
Brian Cox
as Adm. Porter
Lainie Kazan
as Ludlow's Mom
Jared Sandler
as White House Junior Aide
Rose Rollins
as White House Press Secretary
Affion Crockett
as Sgt. Dylan Cohan
Dan Aykroyd
as 1982 Championship MC
Ashley Benson
as Lady Lisa
Denis Akiyama
as Professor Iwatani
Tom McCarthy
as Michael the Robot
Tim Herlihy
as Defense Secretary
Jackie Sandler
as President's Assistant Jennifer
William S. Taylor
as Navy Secretary
Allen Covert
as Abusive Citizen
Bill Lake
as NY Police Commissioner
Mark Whalen
as Colonel Devereux
Dan Patrick
as White House Reporter #1
Robert Smigel
as White Reporter #2
Steve Koren
as White Reporter #3
Sadie Sandler
as Lemonade Sadie
Sunny Sandler
as Sweet Scout Girl
Abigail Covert
as Classroom Scout Girl
Shea Joelle James
as Classroom Scout Girl
Chris Titone
as Soccer Player
Jonathan Loughran
as White House Gate Guard
Toru Iwatani
as Electric Dream Factory Repairman
Anthony Ippolito
as 13-Year Old Brenner
Jared Riley
as 13-Yeard Old Cooper
Andrew Bambridge
as 13-Year Old Eddie
Jacob Shinder
as 8-Year Old Ludlow
Jack Fulton
as Little Boy on London Street
Kevin Grady
as Samurai Gamer
Bridget Graham
as Cyber Chickz
Jocelyn Hudon
as Cyber Chickz
Margaret Killingbeck
as Old Woman in London Apartment
Ron Mustafaa
as Indian Teenage Boy
Meher Pavri
as Indian Teenage Girl
Annika Pergament
as News Reporter
Mark Sparks
as Fighter Pilot
Steve Wiebe
as DARPA Scientist
Sara Haines
as TV News Anchor
Derwin Phillips
as Secret Service Man
Michael Boisvert
as Secret Service Man
Colleen Reynolds
as Abusive Citizens
Emily Jenkins
as Abusive Citizen
Sistah Lois
as Sergeant Cohan's Mother
Andrew McMichael
as Arcade Employee
Eric Trask
as Warden
Susie McLean
as Press Person
Jimi Shlag
as Abusive Citizens
Daryl Hall
as As Himself
John Oates
as As Himself
Matt Frewer
as Max Headroom
Sienna James
as Classroom Scout Girl
Billy West
as Additional Character Voices
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Critic Reviews for Pixels

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (164)

  • There are scenes in the surreally lazy, occasionally funny Pixels in which Sandler's face slips into the exact same weary, disgruntled expression he wears in Funny People.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • Dinklage and Gad bring an energy to their performances that Sandler conspicuously lacks. However, it's hardly enough. Saving the world is one thing; saving the film is a bigger challenge.

    Sep 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This exercise in Eighties computer-game nostalgia is strangely misconceived.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Pixels is devoid of cynicism and it has a cheerfully cheesy vibe, and it's the kind of movie you'll forget about a week after seeing it.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4
  • It's the cinematic equivalent of receiving a supermarket brand deodorant gift set on Christmas morning: you don't want it, you'll never use it, and frankly, it stinks.

    Aug 13, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Pixels are infinitesimally small points of light - and there are, astonishingly, a scattering of them to be found in this otherwise typically abominable project from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions.

    Aug 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pixels

  • Jun 01, 2016
    If you thought that Adam Sandler's career had hit the basement before, you haven't seen Pixels yet. This has a premise that would likely be amusing if it was an animated short but that is it. As a feature film, this is total garbage. The funniest part was the part when... Or that one where.... Yeah, I really couldn't tell you. This movie sucked. A lot.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    No one would be denying that Adam Sandler has past his prime - and then some. The man continues to churn out typecast cookie cutter comedies without much variation in theme or humour, despite the dropping attendance and box-office revenue. Knowing that, Pixels is still far from Sandler at his prime, but there is a smidgen of fun to be had here. The reverence for old-school video games played out as an alien invasion film is amusing; the jokes may not be mined for all they are worth, and many are relegated right into Sandler's cliché wheelhouse, but a lean running time and the "play it safe" for the kids attitude keeps things rolling quite nicely. Some thrifty but nifty effects just add charm to a film that quite rightly shouldn't have any, but wins out by the sheer luck of it.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2015
    For those who really want to enjoy the movie, you can do it two ways. Either watch the short or fast-forward every bad and cheesy Adam Sandler scene you see, then watch that video game moment, then fast-forward again for another bad and cheesy Adam Sandler scene, and repeat until the end of the movie. This should've been a better movie if Adam Sandler and friends weren't in it.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer

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