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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 177
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 145

Critics Consensus: With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 41

Critics Consensus: With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 213,305

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Movie Info

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history...while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 30, 2014
Box Office:
$245.4M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (145) | DVD (1)

The few authentic inspirations to be found in the movie's hundred and sixty-five roiling minutes involve gigantic science-fiction contrivances.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

It barely matters whether this movie is good or bad. Bay is now the sort of filmmaker -- the only one, perhaps -- whose moviemaking goes beyond such binary banality.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

In the end, though, this is still a movie about giant robots fighting each other, which is to say it's nearly impossible to take seriously on a narrative level.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Inflated, interminable and incoherent ...

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
Salon.com
Top Critic

You're either awestruck, dumbstruck or just plain struck in the face.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Long before Optimus Prime hoists his hulking metal frame onto the back of a giant robot dinosaur, wields his mighty sword and rides valiantly away to save the planet once more, Transformers: Age of Extinction plays like a parody ...

Full Review… | June 29, 2014
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

If in doubt, smash everything to pieces - and be as noisy as possible.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Transformers: Age of Extinction is simply more of the same mindless action, flat characters, and utter boredom that we've come to expect from these bloated mechanical sequels.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
Examiner.com

"...an excruciatingly monotonous plunge through the id of our cultural subconscious, which means that it might even be a decent allegory in spite of itself."

Full Review… | September 28, 2014
The Berks-Mont News

Transformers have souls, this movie repeatedly tells us, but does Michael Bay?

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Like the generic, Hans Zimmer xerox-style score by Steve Jablonsky, and the lightweight, edgeless and comically earnest indie-pop soundtrack songs by Imagine Dragons, 'Age Of Extinction' is oddly anonymous and impersonal.

Full Review… | August 24, 2014
The Playlist

From its stereotypes and endlessly quipping tinpot has-been-bro-heroes to its brazen product placement, pandering to the Chinese market, and incessant bombast, this flick's the nadir of 21st-century F/X blockbusters--no weight or wonder, just clanking off

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

...if you're looking for the film that makes the Transformers the real main characters and gives them the best part of the story and the best, most resonant arcs, then Age of Extinction is your ticket.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
Forbes

I'm not going to say that Transformers: Age of Extinction is quite "good." But it is arguably the least "bad" of the franchise.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction isn't so much a movie as it is a 165-minute propaganda film made to appeal to the widest demographic possible - but mainly for China.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
Scene-Stealers.com

The Transformers series returns with what just might be the worst entry yet...

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

It's worse than any of the previous three movies in the franchise and the worst, so far, of this year's parade of would-be 'blockbusters.'

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

It is frankly pointless to knock its quintessentially Bay aesthetic of massive mayhem and the equally shameless broad corniness of its humor, for all of that is clearly what the film was meant to be and dutifully delivers.

Full Review… | July 19, 2014
TheMovieReport.com

Transformers: A Era da Extinção é o que Círculo de Fogo teria sido caso houvesse sido dirigido por alguém com o Q.I. do garotinho tocador de banjo de Amargo Pesadelo.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Cinema em Cena

Even the diehard Transformers fans will be hard pressed not to admit that this movie stinks.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Atlantic City Weekly

Seemingly written by a thirteen-year old boy and directed by his walking erection, this one is nothing but a booming pile of rubble.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Film School Rejects

With each film in the Transformer saga, Michael Bay makes it clear that all he's interested in are massive metallic special effects bashing into each other and usually exploding.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Contactmusic.com

To those who say rape culture is a myth, we say "Behold, Transformers 4".

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Irish Times

Are you ready for three hours of overkill?

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Daily Express

Woohoo! Discombobulation is fun.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
This is London

Audience Reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction

This started out way better than I thought, but then fell off the rails at the end. Did it end? I wasn't sure because it felt like it went on forever.

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Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

½

With the visual effects and accuracy in its adaptation the only things going for it, there is not much to hone in on the latest installment of the Transformers franchise. Age of Extinction is drenched in unnecessary dialogue, duration and elements in its story (like the installment itself) making this, arguably, the less-than-satisfying edition to the saga. 1.5/5

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Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

It took them four films, but they finally made one worth of its weight. It's the best Transformers ever. A frequently stylish, heart-pounding and adrenaline-charged movie that will blow you away. Director, Michael Bay crafts another explosively exciting adventure that is nothing but a good time. A tremendously spectacular and unforgettable must-see action-adventure. A wickedly entertaining two and half hour roller-coaster ride from start to finish. It's smart, thrilling, suspenseful, utterly funny and loaded with non-stop eye-popping action. The special effects are amazing and some of the best Robot designs by far and finally an introduction to the Dinobots. This film just ignites the kid in all of us. An action-packed thrill-machine that just keeps better and better as it goes on. It's loaded with great characters, a soli story and a great sense of fun. Mark Wahlberg is terrific. Stanley Tucci is excellent. Kelsey Grammer is brilliant.

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allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

So its come to this, despite the fact the last three movies were generally seen as complete and utter tripe, people for some reason still went and paid to see them. This in turn gave Bay and the powers that be good enough reason to churn out yet another slice of poo promising it wouldn't actually be a slice of poo. Yes if ever there was a franchise that is solely based around the mighty Dollar then this is it, and by that I mean the movie has been made with no soul love care or real attention to anything other than to look BIG and suck the money from your pocket.

What really makes no sense to me is the fact that people still paid to go and see it! Fool us all once Mr Bay...shame on you, fool us all twice...shame on us, fool us all three times...we're all a bunch of idiots, fool us all four times...I give up! Its utterly amazing to me that Bay and co actually said this film would be different, it wouldn't be anything like the previous movies, new cast, new approach etc...yet they basically lied, its exactly like the previous movies.

The plot sees the Autobots on the run from humans because we no longer want anything to do with them...understandable I guess. At the same time the dastardly CIA is helping a lone bounty hunter Transformer (Decepticon) track down the remaining Autobots to try and locate Prime so he can be taken back to his employers...sounds a bit 'Boba Fett-ish' does it not. This yet again sees a bunch of humans helping the Autobots as they also attempt to stop a company creating their own Transformer army using Transformium found with ancient dinosaur skeletons. The company uses Megatron's head for data resulting in Megatron being reincarnated as Galvatron (a newly created Transformer by the company) and leading these new Transformers against everybody. Oh and there's this bomb gadget that cyberforms land into metal (Transformium) which Galvatron/Megatron wants to use on Earth, it came from the bounty hunter as a reward to the CIA for tracking down Prime, the CIA in turn gives it to the rich company for their Transformer army project.

I guess we're all used to the fact now that our beloved Transformers franchise has been butchered by Bay and isn't coming back. So its of no surprise that he further destroys the original source material with this hectic plot. Galvatron is built by humans, the dinosaurs were wiped out by this alien race, humans building Transformer armies, the Dinobots just being there no explanations given etc...Nothing really makes any sense in this movie (unsurprisingly), Prime starts out as a rusting pile of junk with various injuries, yet he merely scans this new truck and turns into a gleaming brand new truck with a new paint job and no apparent injuries, so was he ever actually damaged or what? Plus why has his design changed? can these Transformers alter their actual design?! wouldn't that alter the way they transform? Mind you I say that but we can't actually see what the hell is happening when they do transform, its just a mass of tiny shiny parts moving.
I also realised in this new film that the Transformers have no size issues, by that I mean Prime transforms from an average size truck into a massive robot...how? in the original source material if the Transformer was small he transformed into a small vehicle or object, all the Transformers appear to be the same size in the movies yet transform into various small slim vehicles. It also bugs the shit outta me that virtually every vehicle is a flippin' super car! that's not the idea Bay, they transform into various mobiles for cover, you don't get much cover transforming into a fecking blue Bugatti Veyron sheesh!

Carrying on from that complaint is the new Autobot designs...head in palms...now. So now there is a fat bearded Autobot who smokes a cigar (?!) and looks like an old prospector miner. Crosshairs is now a very easy to conceal flashy metallic green Corvette and somehow has his own trench coat?? Next to that is the samurai Autobot Drift, now I know originally this character was kinda Japanese with katana-esque blades and he transformed into Jap super saloon hybrid type thing...but did he really need to be an actual samurai, why would he even speak in a Japanese human accent being an alien. Its the same issue with the Dinobots, why would they transform into Earth creatures? did they visit Earth back then and that's why? why don't they speak? why do they actually behave like real creatures? There is nothing given to us about these epic characters, they just appear and look NOTHING like they used to...which was awesome. A two headed, two tailed dragon thing for Swoop? fuck off!

All the usual repeated problems aside its business as usual with everything else. Its a Bay flick so expect blondes in tight hot pants, sunsets everywhere, low camera angles, slow motion low camera angles, plosions filled with fireworks, ridiculous stunts and product placement in almost every scene. The Chevrolet Sonic RS made me laugh...just looks like a Honda Type R wannabe, don't forget the usual boring display of American 'muscle cars' such as the brick-like Camaro and various other American motors.

There really doesn't seem to be any sensible thought in this entire production, lets just make it as loud long and flashy as we can, never mind what everybody has moaned about previously, same again. The destruction porn is...is...just...astonishingly gigantically colossal! its a gargantuan spectacle of monumental CGI effects that just bores the shit outta you within five minutes. Not even Godzilla can compare to this crap, there's like...ships and tankers dropping out of the sky onto downtown Hong Kong, how many innocents died in this? So yes the CGI is impressive in places but its also bad in others, bizarrely bad in fact, terrible greenscreen shots, hokey molecularly CGI transformations etc...its like the effects got worse!

There is just too much to whine about here, I can't carry on because this review will end up titanic in proportions. The plot is a hodge podge of various other movies, again you can barely follow what's going on and everything is visually garish and completely stupid. Bay has simply done exactly what he did before, ignored the criticisms and gone his own way making more drivel, how he managed to get Wahlberg on board is unbelievable, obviously lots money but surely Wahlberg knows about these movies (Bay lied to them too maybe). Tucci is there to try an make things better with dumb comedy, Peltz merely does everything Fox would have done and apparently Grammer is now being trained in the Liam Neeson school of becoming an old man badass?

I can't believe we've come to a point where a six year old franchise is soooo bad that it now needs to be rebooted from scratch. That's how bad Bay has taken this, no I'm not joking, I wish I was...its pathetic. The only one plus point about this entire fiasco is the fact this movie will make your new LED TV look good...other than that lets just ignore Bay and hopefully he will go away.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Transformers: Age of Extinction Quotes


Optimus Prime:
There are mysteries to the universe we were never meant to solve, but who we are and why we are here, are not among them, those answers we carry inside.
– Submitted by John Paul B (27 days ago)
Joshua Joyce:
It's a big magnet!
Cade Yeager:
It's sucking up metal and dropping it!
– Submitted by Kelvin M (29 days ago)
Lockdown:
Hes mine now.
Ratchet:
Lockdown....
Lockdown:
Autobts, Decepticons like little children, always fighting, making a messout of the Universe then Ive got to clean it up. Theres only one way you'll survive. Tell me wheres hes hiding? Where is Optimus Prime?
Ratchet:
Never.
Lockdown:
Never is the end.
– Submitted by Jack F (29 days ago)
Optimus Prime:
How many more of my kind must be sacrificed?
– Submitted by Jean R (2 months ago)
Optimus Prime:
After all we've done, humans are hunting us.
– Submitted by Jean R (2 months ago)
Cade Yeager:
I think we just found a Transformer.
– Submitted by Jean R (2 months ago)

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