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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 244
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 157

Its special effects -- and 3D shots -- are undeniably impressive, but they aren't enough to fill up its loud, bloated running time, or mask its thin, indifferent script.

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 35

Its special effects -- and 3D shots -- are undeniably impressive, but they aren't enough to fill up its loud, bloated running time, or mask its thin, indifferent script.

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Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. -- (C) Paramount

Sep 30, 2011

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The third outing for a herd of toys that should have stayed in their boxes.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (39)
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Despite its manifest improvements, there is something so sour and unpleasant about the new film that it left me almost nostalgic for the innocent idiocies of its predecessor.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (11)
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At 157 minutes, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't just a movie. It's a sentence.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (45)
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For good or ill, Bay is the soul of a new machine, the poet of post-human cinema, the CEO of Hollywood's military-entertainment complex.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (35)
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Marveling at its grotesque gigantism doesn't make this two-and-a-half-hour-long movie any less dull.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (33)
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If you're going to make a movie in which some of your stars are animated toys and much of downtown Chicago is reduced to rubble, this is the way to do it: shamelessly, with no expense spared and no cliche avoided.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (37)
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An overlong ordeal, devoid of excitement and intrigue.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

This movie is actively making the world a worse place to live. I am certain Michael Bay considers it his masterwork. He's right. God help us all.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is one of the best blockbuster I've seen in years. No other action film can compare to what is undoubtedly Michael Bay's magnum opus, this is the film to beat this summer!

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

By a thin margin, the best film in the series. Funnier. But that's not saying much.

January 1, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Easily transformed into the worst summer blockbuster of the year.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Despite an over-long and underwhelming build-up, the final hour of Dark of the Moon is an all-out action fest with some of the coolest visuals ever put to film.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

If you like mindless spectacle, this is undoubtedly the frontrunner so far this year.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

[Bay], having seemingly learned nothing from the last film, allows just about all of the same mistakes to be made yet again.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Intensely juvenile, casually sexist, and blatantly stupid in ways that few if any over the age of "T for Teen" or bereft of a Y chromosome could enjoy. [3D Blu-ray]

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comments (2)
Groucho Reviews

Remarkable action set pieces and stunning effects, but this third outing of Transformers is sometimes just as clunky and irritating as the second.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Loud and long, this 3rd installment boasts a better plot and impressive CGI while maintaining its juvenile level of comedy - the target audience will likely love it.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

You either take it on faith that the succession of scenes and exposition actually add up to a story and enjoy the ride, or sink 2 1/2 hours into the most expensive abstract disaster film ever made.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com | Comments (4)
MSN.com

...it takes a certain talent to create as much action as Bay does without generating an ounce of excitement.

September 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (4)
Movie Metropolis

Transformers 3 is the archetype of a summer blockbuster-all explosions and chest-swelling bravado and snarky sidekicks and big guns and hot chicks and hero shots.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comments (4)
Christianity Today

Better than the second film in the franchise, this film is still as hollow and unimportant as its predecessor.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

Michael Bay's latest adolescent fantasy for grown men is a moderate improvement over both of its predecessors, which is about the best thing it has going for it.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (3)
Q Network Film Desk

The Transformers series comes to a merciful close with this hopelessly anticlimactic installment that is, as expected, just as underwhelming and unwatchable as its predecessors...

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (6)
Reel Film Reviews

Once the film stops trying to endear you to Shia's employment and girlfriend problems, the meaningless destruction and mayhem does have a measure of entertainment value.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comments (4)
MovieCrypt.com

'I am the enemy of Decepticons and body hair, and I intend to remove both with lasers!' said Rosie.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieJuice! | Comments (5)
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Audience Reviews for Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I could honestly care less if critics or snooty film aficionados enjoy or respect Michael Bay's final entry in his Transformers Trilogy; I found it to be about as good as it gets. Having Transformers be a part of my life since age six, it's hard for me not to completely fall in love with this live action counterpart. The whole series has been so ridiculously fun to watch. Even if it has its uneven moments and goofy subplots, these are undoubtedly fun movies. Seeing characters from one of your beloved childhood classics in a real environment is just impressive in itself. The idea of making this concept work for a large audience is almost worth an incredible amount of praise.
When you think of Michael Bay, most people have images of destruction and expensive stunts coming to mind. Now this has got to be a perfect choice for directing a movie centering around fifty foot robots battling in big cities. Michael Bay might not be a Scorsese or Kubrick, but he does make some of the coolest action movies around. While these movies might be weak in story to those unfamiliar with the show or mythology, it excels at having beautiful action sequences. However, I am one of those people that will defend these movies for having great stories. Sure, it's easy to take the concept and characters for granted due to the longevity of the franchise, but this really is science fiction that I enjoy and have respect for. To have an entire world of thinking, feeling robots and have them crash-land on to earth and become shape shifters is genius. Then you have characters like Optimus Prime; pretty much the coolest robot ever created. It's as if John Wayne was turned into a machine and had an endless supply of great one-liners, fighting skills and ideals. Peter Cullen's commanding voice presence only backs up the visual awesomeness of the character. It doesn't stop there though. You have Megatron, who's pure evil concentrated into metal. There's also the loyal and brave Bumblebee and Starscream; a character who uses deceit as his primary function. The list goes on and on and practically every Autobot and Decepticon has their fun attributes. Now the live action movies have managed to take the core of these characters and show them to the greatest ability. I think they've accomplished by showing the best of the original series. Shia LaBeouf continues to be basically the anchor of this franchise and he's probably at his finest in this one. He plays the character of Sam so well and he's so easy to love. All of the cast additions here work really well and fit into the story pretty easily. While having an absent Megan Fox isn't exactly smooth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley works fine as a suitable replacement. It's also fun having people like Josh Duhmal and Tyrese Gibson doing solid work at this point in the series.
Dark of the Moon has the best of everything when it comes to the franchise. The story has managed to become extremely broad in scope and encapsulates everything that makes for a "popcorn movie" to be worthwhile. However, no one should have to feel ashamed for liking or loving this movie. I almost feel bad for people that only allow themselves to like Transformers on a sarcastic level and make excuses. Dark of the Moon is just a solid movie no matter how you put it. It has just enough of a light tone, extremely high stakes for the characters and just about as much visual beauty as movies can produce. It's been a longstanding judgment that Michael Bay is a moron and all of his movies suck. However, I'm going to always be one of his defenders. He knows exactly what it takes to make a well paced and fun movie. He never steps out of his element and keeps trying to achieve new heights with his projects. Transformers is maybe his most memorable and will undoubtedly survive longer due to it's pre-existing fan base, but I think he's really found a concept and style that works.
In this movie, they basically have everything missing from the other movies that any hardcore fan of Transformers could want. We see the addition of Laserbeak, Shockwave, and a more featured Soundwave. Even more, we get exposed to even more mythology from the Transformers universe. The infusion of Space Bridge technology was just way too much of a geek-out moment.Infusing their story with Earth's history is something that I thought worked extremely well and just made the impact more realistic and interesting.
When it comes to the advancements of 3D technology and CGI, it's hard to beat Dark of the Moon. These robots look even more realistic than they did before and having a 3D backdrop for them to duke it out is just amazing. The attention to detail and ridiculously well planned out fight scenes is just too much to handle at times. If there was any glorification of the Transformers in previous installments, it was nothing compared to this. Every entrance is carefully planned and all the characters are treated with the utmost respect. The addition of robo-blood and even more detailed robo-slayings just added to the already beautiful representation of The Transformers. Now I'm sure there'll be those that just don't see the point of Dark of the Moon, but as a fan, it's probably the most well made in the series and gives the truest representation of the concept and characters. There's always going to be those who just don't get action movies, childhood nostalgia or just fun period in movies.
January 13, 2014
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

How do you rate something that is so awesome and so cheesy at the very same time? From a technical and visual standpoint, it's a mind-blowing action-fest. Bay has heeded well to James Cameron's advice and made the coolest 3D feature since Avatar. But while the SFX are virtually flawless, the script and set-up is anything but.

The first half contains so many pointless gags and ridiculous scenes, that it's impossible not to cringe at its sheer stupidity. They've also humanized the robots far too much, by giving them personalities and accents that strip away their dignity. The acting as well is way over the top, which is particularly noticed on Shia's exaggerated reactions. I blame it on faulty directing though, as opposed to LaBeouf doing a bad job.

And of course, in the end, there's the obligatory U.S. flag waving proudly in the wind. You love your country Mr. Bay, we get it already. No need to shove it down our throats along with outworn speeches of freedom. Despite all the mentioned misfires, however, it still amounts to a fun experience. See it for the jaw-dropping action and just try to ignore everything else. For when all is said and done, it does serve its purpose as a dumb, but enjoyable popcorn flick.
May 21, 2013
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Mike S

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Michael Bay really need to stop thinking about making another Transformers movie, I'm serious.. Not only just because this third movie sucks, but he always had reasons to make up another story sequel after sequel.. Revenge of the Fallen were okay, in some fact it might a little more interesting rather than the first movie, but Dark of the Moon were completely out.. There's a lot of Michael Bay trying to mixed in here but IMHO that doesn't make any sense at all.. Like mixing the first approach a man ever made to the moon with some cybertron's secret, well good try but definitely not solid.. When some of the technology he tried to made in here like how a man can fly, how optimus suddenly can fly, and how most of everybody that watching this movie wasn't feel like fly while watching it? The performance from the cast were just okay, not good not that bad, except for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley since she only care about her looks.. Overall, the story could've been made more better with the unbelievable loss for Megan Fox (even though she's no better from Rosie, but at least she's already been a mascot for this movie and way more a 'useful' girlfriend) =p
September 12, 2012
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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A slight improvement from its predecessor indeed. Just when you thought Bay couldn't topple his CGI works, he brings out this film. Stunning and mind blowing effects and action illustrates dominance throughout, but once again is brought down by the struggling script. 4/5
August 25, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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    1. Soundwave: You're mine!
    – Submitted by Brandon S (3 months ago)
    1. Laserbeak: Pleasure working with you.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (3 months ago)
    1. Carly Miller: Oh my God. What's Sentinel doing here?
    2. Dylan: Watch. They're spreading hundreds of pillars around the globe right now. In just a few hours, they're going to launch them into orbit and bring Cybertron into our atmosphere. The red one there controls the rest. He triggers that, it starts the whole thing.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (3 months ago)
    1. Sam Witwicky: Optimus?
    2. Optimus Prime: What your leaders say is true. This was all my fault. I told them whom to trust. I was so wrong.
    3. Sam Witwicky: That doesn't make it your fault. It just makes you human for a change.
    4. Optimus Prime: Remember this. You may lose your faith in us, but never in yourselves.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (3 months ago)
    1. Leadfoot: Check the nitrogen levels. We're booking out of here.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (3 months ago)
    1. Roadbuster: The ship? We were never in the ship. We designed the damn thing didn't we?
    – Submitted by Brandon S (3 months ago)
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