While it's still unclear how Pacific Rim is going to do at the box office, it already is getting one thing Disney's major flop The Lone Ranger never had: good reviews. The first critics to file reviews have seemingly fallen for Guillermo Del Toro's film—which is essentially a tale of monsters vs. robots—crediting his inventive passion for his subject matter. The positive reviews do not necessarily spell financial success, but could get the non-fanboy crowd into seats.
Though the film does traffic in some fairly old tropes (bit Godzilla-esque monsters, for one), the fact that it isn't based on an already existing franchise gives it a critical leg up. "At first, watching Pacific Rim feels like rediscovering a favourite childhood cartoon – but del Toro has flooded the project with such affection and artistry that, rather than smiling nostalgically, you find yourself enchanted all over again," Tim Robey writes in The Telegraph. "The twist is that for once, here is a blockbuster that is not based on a cartoon, comic book, or anything else: it sprung from an idea by Travis Beacham, the film’s screenwriter, and then came to fruition in del Toro’s fecund brain." Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter calls it "paradoxically derivative yet imaginative sci-fi epic."