Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I've had at the movies.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (139)
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Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

And this is the straw that broke the camel's back... I just about agreed with Ebert on every review of the trilogy, 3 stars for TF1, 1 star for TF2 (though I still feel Ebert was being generous, it deserved no stars to be honest) and 1 star for TF3. This series is fucked up beyond all recognition. Go ahead and flame me, fanboys...

Jun 28 - 01:05 PM

JC Martel

JC Martel

Ebert knocks it out of the park. Another turd made for the morons who'll text message during the whole freakin' movie anyways.

Jun 28 - 01:21 PM

Damien Lives

m x

who the fuck are you calling a moron asshole why don't you take that fucking cellphone and shove it up your ass

Jun 28 - 03:25 PM

Michael P.

Michael Patison

Please, don't spoil the movie by adding your own soundtrack...oooh yeah, stick it in there...ring ring...shit, literally. Seriously, Damien, figure out something more original. I guess you're one of those guys who will sit there and text the entire movie.

Jul 2 - 12:28 AM

Eat the Meat

XXXXXX XXXXXX

There is a high correspondence between the two.

Jun 28 - 07:21 PM

Eat the Meat

XXXXXX XXXXXX

There is a high correlation between the two.

Jun 29 - 02:31 PM

Damien Lives

m x

lets see douchebag rapper fuck off and die

Jun 28 - 03:24 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

How much is Michael Bay and Company paying you to defend/promote thier film?

Jun 28 - 03:33 PM

Landon M.

Landon Mane

Nothing at all. Stupid people just stand up for stupid things, that's all.

Feb 9 - 11:35 AM

David P.

David Platt

How mature of you :/

Jun 28 - 06:45 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Have you ever heard of punctuation?

Jun 28 - 08:02 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

So this is what a moron looks like

Jun 28 - 09:15 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

This guy would probably pick Transformers 2 over Schindler's list if he had to pick the better film. How many pejorative pinheads do they have on this site? I bet he doesn't even know what pejorative means. Taste my grits you geek!

Jul 4 - 12:41 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

You're the douchebag in everyone's eyes, Damien.

Aug 5 - 02:11 AM

Matt  Hilerio

Matt Hilerio

You shouldn't be talking, you gave 100% to GI Joe, TF3, ans Saw VI, your retarded

Oct 18 - 04:49 PM

PrEsiZioN

Sean Sewell

I'm not necessarily a fan of Transformers but to say any of them deserves zero stars makes your criticism sound naive.

Jun 28 - 03:37 PM

Rok Y.

Rok YerBeav

You got one thing right, this is the straw that broke the Camels back... I've always trusted Ebert's reviews but lately he's ripped three good movies: Thor, X-Men and now Transformers? What happened to Ebert that would rate a film based on what it was trying to accomplish as opposed to comparing it against all time classics? Does he want one more classic before his time is up? Or is he getting exceedingly bitter towards the new generation? The very best critics review with an open mind, no predetermined prejudice or low expectations. Maybe he no longer has the stamina to watch a full movie and phones it in based on other reviews and what the expectation of popular opinion will be. Maybe it's time to call it quits Roger?

Jul 2 - 07:12 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

...Or maybe it was just a really bad film, tardblog.

Jul 3 - 02:57 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

he was off with Thor I think... X-man... ehh... but Transformers? far from good movies dude. Michael bay raped my eyes, ears, and childhood with these shitty movies. The fuckin' douche...

Aug 5 - 02:13 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

Whoops, typo. X-Men, sorry. :3

Aug 5 - 02:14 AM

Matt  Hilerio

Matt Hilerio

I thought he was wrong on X-men and a little harsh on Thor but this review is spot on

Oct 18 - 04:50 PM

Sean P.

spp 41

"..the more unpleasant experiences I've had at the movies"

LOL

Jun 28 - 01:10 PM

Sean P.

spp 41

"..one of the more unpleasant experiences I've had at the movies"

hahaha, ouch.

Jun 28 - 01:11 PM

Alex  T.

Alex Tracy

Alright this dude has seriously gone mental. You can attack plot, characters or whatever. But to say this movie is "visually ugly" is just beyond cynical. AND YES I have seen this movie and can vouch for the visuals.

Jun 28 - 01:12 PM

Tyler S.

Tyler Schwab

If the poster is any indication of the visual of the film, I would definitely trust Roger. There is more to visuals than just special effects. Lots of things could make it look ugly.

Jun 28 - 01:15 PM

Daniel B.

Daniel Buck

First of all, this is Mister Ebert to you, sonny.

Second, whether or whether not the idea of a certain individual having more insight into some matter of movie making, because he works as a professional critic is legit, your vouch and any speculation not only doesn't even registers in this universe, but goes successively in this order:

Roger Ebert
Critics
Just People
Kids
Mental retard kids
Dog
Mental retard dogs
Michael Bay
Hoboes
You

Jun 28 - 01:21 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Alex, CGI =/= the only thing that makes a movie pretty/ugly to look at. There is also the matter of technicality (i.e, which cameras were used) and filming techniques/cinematography (how said cameras were used, at what angles, etc).

Jun 28 - 03:08 PM

filmmaniac123

Aakash Kumar

when he means visually, he doesn't mean the visual effects..he means how the overall framework of the film.

annnd im not seeing this but it cant be worse than the second. i can avoid flame wars by not seeing this...i hated talking to fanboys after seeing and hating ROTF. idk how the first ended up being charming. o.o

Jun 28 - 03:40 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

The camera. It's the camera and the big gray blobs supposed to visualize robots taking up the whole screen.

Aug 5 - 02:15 AM

Tyler S.

Tyler Schwab

Hard to believe he gave the first movie a fresh. I can't really give an opinion since I have yet to see any of the three films... but I definitely won't be checking out this one. Not wasting my money.

Jun 28 - 01:14 PM

Haider R.

Haider Rizvi

If you really want to check any of them out, definitely see the first. It may not be spectacular, but it was definitely enjoyable. I can see why Ebert would give it a fresh rating. The 2nd (and probably this one) was terrible, so he was spot on with the 1 star.

Jun 28 - 01:26 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

My advice to you, if you've never seen a Transformers movie from Michael Bay, watch the first and ONLY first. After watching it, pretend that it's the only film. Now if you really want to torture yourself (and I mean literally, torture yourself) watch Revenge of the Fallen.

Jun 28 - 01:35 PM

Damien Lives

m x

eat shit rapper

Jun 28 - 03:26 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Another idiot with the attention span of a fly and intelligence of a turd, I hear those 2 go together pretty well...

Jun 28 - 03:31 PM

filmmaniac123

Aakash Kumar

@ateam: damn u gonna be racist to defend a movie? sheesh..

Jun 28 - 03:41 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

And you keep calling him a rapper because?

Jun 28 - 08:06 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

What a Chauvinistic pig. Here's an idea. Instead of labeling yourself as a unapologetic necromancer why don't you voice your opinion while still respecting the opinions of others? But you won't do that by defending this film in other people's faces and at the same time using derogatory statements at others. Think about it. >:(

Jun 29 - 12:27 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

Since you can't be nice, neither will I. You're a fucking retard. :p

Aug 5 - 02:18 AM

Landon M.

Landon Mane

Grow up, this is a website for adults. Movies are judged and criticized by plots and structures, not by explosions, killings, or because you "feel" like it's good. A smart person would judge a movie by its worth, not by feelings it gives out.

Mar 6 - 02:13 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

This is what I plan on doing. I've only ever seen the first movie, was pretty fun, and everything I see compels me to keep it that way =D

Jun 30 - 12:30 AM

Tyler S.

Tyler Schwab

I'll probably see the first one eventually. I just really despise Michael Bay. He always goes for spectacle over substance... I don't know he just rubs me the wrong way.

Jun 28 - 02:07 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Your brain works like that of a non stupid person. So 90% of Michael Bay's is just not meant for you to watch and like.

Jun 28 - 03:06 PM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Damn, that hurts. I like Roger Ebert, but there have been times where I've disagreed with him. He gave Thor *1/2 and Meek's Cutoff ***1/2. Meek's Cutoff is one of the most overrated films I've ever seen. But that's for another discussion. I've read other reviews saying it has a poor script and terrible acting, but the last hour is Michael Bay at his finest. Great effects, great 3D, and just overall fun. I can't tell until I actually go see the film.

Jun 28 - 01:27 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

Incredibly offensive and un-funny to those of you who are above the age of 14. If I had to sum up my hatred of this movie in two words, they would be "Deep Wang". :(

Aug 5 - 02:20 AM

Matt  Hilerio

Matt Hilerio

You should consider the movie as a whole and not praise 1/4 of a movie. Try to remember all the other bad moments and see if they equal out with the good stuff or not.

Oct 18 - 04:55 PM

I hAtE bAd MoViEs

Brad Cunningham

Ouch, well it can't be worse than 2? Right?

Jun 28 - 01:40 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

I think that's literally impossible...

Jun 28 - 02:22 PM

Landon M.

Landon Mane

Just when you think that TF2 hits rock bottom of stupidity, TF3 had dug deeper.

Mar 6 - 02:33 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

Well, most crtics have liked it more than Revenge of the Fallen, so I'm relieved to hear that this film won't put me through psychologically pain by seeing it. And even though Roger Ebert didn't like it, I'm still going to watch it tomorrow in I-MAX 3-D. I have nothing better to do tomorrow, anyways.
Hopefully, it'll be entertaining, despite the long runtime and inane slapstick gags.

Jun 28 - 02:02 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

..... yeah this movie officially sucks. I'm not wasting my time and money. Looks like I won't be seeing a Transformers movie again until it gets rebooted by a team of people that are actually capable of putting together a coherent plot and hiring actors that don't suck.

Jun 28 - 02:23 PM

Damien Lives

m x

you suck

Jun 28 - 03:26 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Sorry to disappoint you.

Jun 28 - 04:51 PM

thefreshman

Patrick Feeney

Damn, I didn't think anyone on this planet had enough free time to go to every single message and post on one specific board on one specific website and personally insult everyone who didn't absolutely agree with them. I just hope you can go outside and get some sun before your Vitamin D depletion kills you.

Jun 29 - 08:26 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

You suck for not coming up with good insults. :p

Aug 5 - 02:21 AM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

I could call you a fucking retard, but that would be very offensive to the retarded

Aug 20 - 09:54 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Who do you think should reboot the Transformers movies?

Jun 29 - 01:51 PM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

Chris Nolan

May 4 - 04:17 PM

Nick T.

Nick Tropiano

Bay picked the wrong series for giant robots. Everyone knows that anything having to do with giant robots needs to come from a Japanese source. They are the kaiju kings. Hollywood should have done a 100's of million dollar budget soulless 3D CGI-fest "reboot" of the 1960's series Space Giants, not Transformers. As for Ebert, I love that a critic can look at a film and say that there's something wrong with the composition and aspect ratio. Nice to know at least one critic out there has enough technical savvy after watching a bazillion films to pick up on something like this. In fact, the only thing of interest to me about this film is to see what Rodger is talking about here. Glad you're still with us, Roger

Jun 28 - 03:03 PM

Jay C.

Jay Cee

It's a movie directed by Michal Bay about robots made for pre-teen boys. Does such an irrelevant entity deserve more thought than that?

But then that's just the way we like it in the US: 'Splosions, titties, more 'splosions, and an all white cast. Elitists (people who can read above a 5th grade level) can eat me and my wife/sister.

Jun 28 - 03:04 PM

niennumb1

Ryan Czaplinski

Top critics don't like fun movies. They are after the dull Academy award winning stuff hardly anyone goes to see. They love to bash the hell out of popcorn flicks and can't see them for what they are... not a very deep plot, but just fun.

Movies are supposed to get you away from real life for a couple hours and make you forget about all your problems and just have a fun time. This review will NOT stop me from seeing it tonight, nor will many of the other "top critics" responses. I'll make my own opinion of it and no one can convince me to dislike a movie before I see it.

Jun 28 - 03:08 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

TF is not fun in any way, shape or form. I'd seriously reconsider my taste in movies if I was you.

Jun 28 - 03:10 PM

PogieJoe K.

PogieJoe Kowalski

Actually, Ebert loved Cars 2, giving it a 3.5 out of 4 even though most dismissed it as a "popcorn flick" for Pixar.

Jun 28 - 03:21 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

To combat your assumption of critics always after Academy Award winning films: Transformers 1 was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. TF2 didnt get shit. I personaly love listening to Rap music, but when I go to the movies I don't want to see a 2 and a half hour long mainstream Rap music video, which these Transformers films have proven to be nothing more than. They're all about showing off the shiny cars, no plots, characters that do and say nothing meaningful, showing women in Girls Gone Wild-style camera angles of their ass and breasts in slow motion, and a bunch of flashing lights and unorganized noise. Now tell me how is this any different than a mainstream Rap video?

Jun 28 - 03:28 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

Wow...you are pretty inane, misguided let alone inept. First off, you clearly don't know a damn thing about film. Are you sure you like films or are you mistaking them for theme park rides? And yes, Top Critics do like fun films, just not incompetent films. Also, what is with dull Academy Award winning stuff crack? WTH? Actually, many people see Academy Award films or in better words, high quality & valued films.

I'm assuming you liked films like "Twilight", "Just Go With It" & "Red Riding Hood" over solified films like "Black Swan", "The Social Network" & "Toy Story 3".

Jun 28 - 03:41 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Black Swan, Inception, and Toy Story 3 hapen to be my favorite films of 2010 and I'm pretty sure they will go on my Top films of the 2010 Decade List. Sorry buddy, you got the wrong guy.

Jun 28 - 03:46 PM

The Herb

Kevin D.

I agree with Lenny M. on this one.

I thought that the 1st one was a fun popcorn flick but the 2nd was one of the most horrible movies that I've ever had the misfortune of being subjected to. In fact, I cut it off during the infamous "clanging Devastator balls" shot and haven't had a desire to finish it since. I have little to no interest in this new one. I think that what happened with the 1st movie was that Michael Bay had people breathing down his neck a bit and that kept some of his more annoying cinematic tendencies in check.

But the 2nd one was Michael Bay unrestrained and when he doesn't have anyone to answer to we get shit like that along with Pearl Harbor, Armageddon & Bad Boys 2.

I'll be saving my money and not bothering with this 3rd entry at all.

Jun 28 - 03:36 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Herb I thought I was alone on this one as well.



I thoroughly enjoyed the first one because you could almost feel that Spielberg had Michael Bay on a tight leash, which meant Bay was more restrained and manageable while making this film. I even saw subtle Spielberg touches peppered throughout the film and in the end it was an entertaining popcorn flick with a few flaws.




Upon watching Transformers 2, it felt like Spielberg took that leash off of Bay and let him run free in the neighborhood with $200 million, which resulted in a disaster of classic Bay-style films, such as Armageddon, Bad Boys 2 and Pearl Harbor. I always thought the phrase "the movie was so bad it gave me a headache" was not possible until I walked out of that train-wreck of a film feeling assaulted. And sadly I'm guessing the 3rd film will be just that as well.

Jun 28 - 03:45 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

I first watched Transformers 2 on blu ray with my college roommate a couple years back. When the third hump joke happened (when the little robot starts humping Megan Fox's leg), I got off the futon to turn the movie off, I seriously did not think I had the stomach to finish it. But my roommate and I powered through the rest of the awfulness. We both agree that it's the worst film we've ever seen.

Jun 28 - 04:56 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

You did better than I did-- with a remote in hand, I think I condensed it into about 30 minutes. And those 30 minutes were god-awful. The movie was racist, sexist, and moronic. Bay is not even a good action director--he doesn't pay attention to scale, ever (which is pretty important). Too be honest, I was sickened by its existence. It was a disgusting film, disgustingly made for disgusting people. The audience for Revenge of the Fallen simply should not exist--it should have failed at the box office. Anybody who tries to claim it was a good film is just plain wrong.

Jun 28 - 09:42 PM

Ramrod

Mark Kauffman

Wow this is bad! ROTF was so horrible I don't even know where to start! This looked like it may and could still be at least "ok". Thank god my friend can get me in the theatre free! Wow! I will stick with the first one and the cartoon series!

Jun 28 - 03:53 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

I fucking hate Michael Bay haters... really if you think you can do better then fucking do it. I can name over 30 directors that are worse also WATCH THE FUCKING MOVIE FIRST

Jun 28 - 04:06 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

It really amuses me when you defenders of this shit use the cliche "if you dont like it make one better" argument which is invalid. So by that logic, I shouldn't complain when my car breaks down, simply because I'm not a mechanic, right? Come back with a better argument and then we can talk like men.

Jun 28 - 04:13 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

Well no I am not a mechnic but my car did break down so I learned to fix it, put a new straight 6 in a jeep, don't except you to understand, so yeah if you think you can fix it who is stopping you. You just need to stop bitching and become a man.

Jun 28 - 04:19 PM

Louis P.

Louis Pereira

"don't except you to understand, so yeah if you think you can fix it who is stopping you."


Huh?

Other people's kids....

Jun 28 - 06:38 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

Actually no... who is stopping you at 18?

Jun 28 - 07:59 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Yeah cause fixing a car is as easy as getting 200+ million dollars to make a movie. You win the stupid award. You can now go watch a Michael Bay movie.

Jun 28 - 10:40 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Name 3 directors that are worse than Bay (Uwe Boll, & Ed Wood don't count)

Jun 28 - 08:07 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

Dennis Dugan
Jonathan Liebesman
Tyler Perry
Joel Schumacher
Spike Lee
Michael Moore
Brett Ratner
I can go on...


Jun 28 - 08:32 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Spike Lee? Are you insane? You think Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, and Transformers 2 are better movies than 25th Hour and Inside Man?

Jun 28 - 09:48 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

Yeah... Inside Man was NOTHING NEW and boring... Miracle at St Anne or whatever boring as hell. And yes Armageddon is so much better then Inside Man and 25th HOur because in my opinion Armageddon has a lot more replay value.

Jun 28 - 10:56 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

I'm depressed that you are bored by well-acted, well made films that are put together with care and more interested in movies that thrive on cliches and explosions. As much as you like to watch it again and again, Armageddon is an awful movie that is directed at the wallets of people who feel nothing for the art and would rather be washed over with fire and low-brow humor. I'm not being pretentious--when I first saw these movies, I was too young to make judgments like this, but I still hated the movie. All I can do is try and find the underlying reasons for my dislike of these films.

Jun 28 - 11:18 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Let's see here, 25th Hour is actually a good movie and Armageddon is literally retarded. Yep, tough call ...

Jun 29 - 12:54 AM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

LMAO I still can't stop laughing.... He said Spike Lee is a worse director than Michael Bay

Jun 29 - 02:34 PM

Christopher256G

Christopher Greffin

Lol idiot. Nothing Michael Bay has done is fit to lick up Do The Right Thing's piss.

Jun 29 - 03:29 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

LMAF... You guys love movies that have no new entertainment value. Seen it late night and will see it probably 4 more times.

Jun 30 - 08:29 AM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

they love movie with no entertainment value? or are you just a retarded 12 year old

Apr 21 - 10:09 AM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

With a 200 million budget and a team like Bay has, I guarantee I could do better. There is no excuse for his films to be this horrible. He has everything going for him and he wastes it all.

Jun 28 - 09:50 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

Well most of the population around the world love his movies so most people think his is doing it right or he would have been Uwe Boll by now.

Jun 28 - 11:19 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Tell me this: What do you love about Bay's films? I bet you it has little to do with what Bay. Like I said, I'd need the budget AND his crew. The problem is, you think of Bay as a brand, while I see him as the worst aspect of the films he directs (though the scripts generally aren't great either). And "most of the population around the world" makes you sound ignorant. Most of the world's population rarely watches films. If his movie makes 900 million, divide that about 9 bucks a ticket--only 100 million will have seen the film, and that's without thinking about the fanboys who are likely to see it a few times. That's less than 1.5% of the world's population...

Jun 28 - 11:32 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

Um since he he has been around since 1993, ticket prices have never been that high back in the day, also do you think you know me? The Unborn was horrible and he produced it, also Spike Lee hates white people... look it up. All of you hate Bay for a reason and I hate Spike Lee of being racist. Also the actoring in Inside Man was cardboard except for Washington.

Jun 29 - 06:21 AM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

What the hell are you talking about man? Ticket prices go up... everything goes up in price. Also, tickets do not conform to the principle of supply and demand, it works in opposite accordance--the less people see a film, the higher the price of the tickets need to be. But, either way, this has nothing to do with Bay, AT ALL.
What does knowing you have to do with Bay producing a bad movie? That doesn't make sense. What I was trying to say is you probably like the work of the special effects team, maybe the charisma of the actors, and so on, rather than the directorial choices Bay has made.
And do you really think we don't hear about the Lee being racist crap? He may or may not be, there might be speculation, but it doesn't matter. We dislike Bay as a DIRECTOR. I don't care what he's like as a human being. As a DIRECTOR of movies, he is usually terrible (not always, which is what makes it even more annoying) in my opinion.

Jun 29 - 03:32 PM

chasemandvd

Chase Lehocky

I like him as a director... Ithink he knows how to make people enjoy there time plus the only people I know that hates Michael Bay and transformers are in these blogs. I am trying to stand up for what you guys don't believe in... fun entertainment.

Jun 30 - 08:20 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

That's the weakest argument of all time. I love Terminator, Iron Man, Die Hard, Indiana Jones, etc. etc. Just because it's "entertaining" doesn't mean it has to be soulless, poorly made and as dumb as a brick like all of Michael Bay's flicks.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10959/w98300919.jpg

Sums up Bay's hyperactive amalgamation of images that you call action. I mean the man is not even good at action, which is all he's known for.

Jul 1 - 05:41 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

That's the weakest argument of all time. I love Terminator, Iron Man, Die Hard, Indiana Jones, etc. etc. Just because it's "entertaining" doesn't mean it has to be soulless, poorly made and as dumb as a brick like all of Michael Bay's flicks. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10959/w98300919.jpg Sums up Bay's hyperactive amalgamation of images that you call action. I mean the man is not even good at action, which is all he's known for. You'd have to have some serious ADD to be entertained by that mess.

Jul 1 - 05:43 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

That's the weakest argument of all time. I doubt anyone here is against entertaining action flicks, just poorly made ones that are dumb as a brick.
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10959/w98300919.jpg Sums up Bay's hyperactive amalgamation of images made for people with serious ADD. I mean the man is not even good at action sequences, which is all he cares about.

Jul 1 - 05:59 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

That's the weakest argument of all time. I doubt anyone here is against entertaining action flicks, just poorly made ones. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10959/w98300919.jpg Sums up Bay's hyperactive amalgamation of images made for people with serious ADD. I mean the man is not even good at action sequences, which is all he cares about.

Jul 1 - 06:04 AM

DataByne

Data Byne

Sorry to necromance, but you're forgetting that at least 40% of the audience will be seeing this movie in 3D, which means you have to calculate the number of movie goers based on the premise of a $9 / $13.50 split. While I'm not about to waste everyones time with boring math, the end result is that around 83 million people will succumb to robot on robot violence.

Hec, I'm sure 20 million will just want to see if it's possible to follow up the abomination that was ROTF, 10 million will go out of solidarity as fans of the franchise, another 20 million genuinely like seeing things go "Boom!" without a care for finess, 15 million will go because they were forced to by the last two categories, 8 million will see it since they've given up on the creative output of humanity saying, "I guess it will at least be more fun than Larry Crowne..." (Eeyore voice, of course), and the rest will wander in, mistakingly confusing Transformers 3 for Cars 2 ("Which one is Owen Wilson again?" "Pixar should be ashamed of themselves!").

Jul 1 - 08:19 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

That's the weakest argument of all time. I doubt anyone here is against entertaining action flicks, just poorly made ones. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10959/w98300919.jpg Sums up Bay's hyperactive amalgamation of images made for people with serious ADD. I mean the man is not even good at action sequences, which is all he cares about.

Jul 1 - 06:03 AM

The Herb

Kevin D.

I never understand this argument. When making a Transformers movie, how about actually giving the fans what they want instead of what you think that they want? A bad movie is just that, a bad movie. Especially with the 2nd film, I think that everyone involved with that movie should have known better than to make the shitfest that they ended up unleashing on the world and owe an apology. There's just no reason for films this shitty to get released.

Jun 29 - 10:59 AM

Brian C.

Brian Clores

Why are you even on this site if you only care about entertainment value? Yeah, that's the attitude of a stupid average movie-goer, but the point of this website is to experience a QUALITY film, not just some mindless robot porn. There's a reason it's at 37%. So please, go enjoy your fantastic movies where garbage and explosions riddle the screen, but stop trying to defend Michael Bay. He is not a good director.

And by the way, 25th Hour is awesome.

Jul 1 - 09:50 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

You're obviously a pre-teen. :) oh don't worry if you're not, I'm 13 and I have more sense than you. oh and I can do better than Michael Bay... I know I can act better than the actors he directs, and I know I can write a better film, since I study in both subjects, and exceed greatly. I can fucking do better, trouble is, Hollywood probably wouldn't let me. Go fuck yourself, then watch better movies.

Aug 5 - 02:27 AM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

You stupid fuck

Aug 20 - 09:54 AM

Rostron2

Mark K

This is all I need to know about it.

Yeah exploitative trash!

Jun 28 - 04:32 PM

Jay F.

Jay Floyd

It is very frustrating the people will pay a fortune this weekend to see this piece of crap anyway. Why???

Jun 28 - 05:41 PM

The Herb

Kevin D.

I couldn't agree more. The movies that people truly need to be going to see are virtually being ignored and the ones that people should be avoiding like the plague are making big money. Go figure.....

Jun 29 - 11:00 AM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

i would recommend rango over transformers

Jun 29 - 08:37 PM

Axian

A. X. Ian

The fact that Ebert had to sit through this garbage proves that being a movie critic has major downsides, even if you're as famous as him.

Critics on the Ebert level should be exempted from Michael Bay and Jennifer Aniston movies.

Jun 28 - 06:43 PM

Daniel S.

Daniel Snelen

Okay, so this old retard gave thumbs up to Cars 2 but disses this special effects feast? I rarely agree with ebert on anything but I think the people that hate on this movie are just stuck-up. I did not enjoy the first Transformers , it was just ok in my book , but the 2nd one had some very well done special effects. It's not Schindler's List dummy, lighten up and appreciate it for what it is!

Jun 28 - 06:47 PM

CoreyG

Corey Gallagher

Special effects don't make a good movie...

Jun 29 - 07:24 AM

CoreyG

Corey Gallagher

Special effects alone don't make a good movie...

Jun 29 - 07:51 AM

Daniel S.

Daniel Snelen

Unless that movie is Transformers 3

Jun 29 - 12:46 PM

CoreyG

Corey Gallagher

Obviously not.

Jun 29 - 01:01 PM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

It's hilarious how you you call a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist a "retard", but then go on to state you didn't like the first Transformers (which is the only one that got any respect at all)because apparently it didn't have as good special effects as the second one. Basically you sound like one of those mouth-breathers that could stare at a movie screen for 8 hours non-stop, watching fight sequences and explosions as long as they weren't interrupted by a plot. Please tell me you're 14 years old - then at least you have an excuse for your viewpoint.

Jun 29 - 01:24 PM

Clayton S.

Clayton Shank

Your first three words disqualified you from any meaningful discussion.

Jul 9 - 12:31 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I don't need to trust Ebert's opinion or any other critic's opinion for that matter to know this movie would be crap (can't be worse than Revenge of the Fallen). I was about to say the end of the world was near when I saw the fresh mark on this movie. And something you should all know, when Michael Bay makes a good movie, that's a sign the world will end.

Jun 28 - 08:05 PM

Edward T.

Edward Tattsyrup

I think we can count ourselves safe for the foreseeable future in that case.

Jun 29 - 05:58 PM

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