Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews

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Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
July 3, 2011
Director Michael Bay's latest foray into endless, vapid dissonance is Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This time out we sit through 2 1/2 hours of CGI -- complete godawful inanity. The last hour is not equal to what animator Chuck Jones did in a minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 3, 2011
Michael Bay's mission, and he chose to accept it, was to make a Transformers movie sequel that was not as bad as the last one. The bar was set very low for the success of this mission and Bay cleared the bar. This sequel is better than the last one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 3, 2011
There's no doubt it could have been much worse. It could have been Transformers 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 3, 2011
Are there any ideas here? Other than to make more than $1.5bn, what is the point of a Michael Bay movie?
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 3, 2011
John Malkovich saves Dark of the Moon, the Transformers franchise, and the very concept of the effects-driven summer movie, but he is sadly only in the film for about ten minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 2, 2011
Bay's fascistic tendencies aren't quite as pronounced as in the last installment, but there isn't anything this man won't do for the sake of arousing himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
July 2, 2011
More loud silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 2, 2011
Mindless escapist fare designed with the attention-deficit millennials in mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
July 2, 2011
Michael Bay's third "Transformers" installment in four years is a rambling mess of bastardized news reel footage, over-stylized CGI talking toy jousts, and light-hearted scenes with the comedic timing of Dick Cheney's pacemaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
July 1, 2011
...trades in casual racism, sexism and murder, as well as an obsessive fetishization of war - all under the guise that it's just silly robot-bashing fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
July 1, 2011
t won't transform your world or provide you with a new philosophical insight."Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is an action-packed war movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 1, 2011
Bring a book.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 1, 2011
No Megan Fox + no racist autobots + no pot brownies = better movie all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 1, 2011
It is the 21st century nightmare, played out with a boy's toys and a boy's idiotic sensibility.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
July 1, 2011
This time it's much easier to tell good guys from bad, which makes it a tad more engrossing than the first sequel. But this is still Transformers.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 1, 2011
Perfectly fun action, effects, and 3D use marred by some lazy storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 1, 2011
Even though the astonishing special effects and stunt work are a sight to behold, just remember this: Your eyes will be the only organ in your body that will receive any type of stimulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
July 1, 2011
'Dark of the Moon' is a slight improvement over the last film, and one can only go into seeing it as mindless fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 1, 2011
A ridiculous and ridiculously fun 154 minutes of utterly unhinged, completely over-the-top robotic mayhem. And with a moral, no less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 1, 2011
The Transformers threequel may be overlong, overloud and overly dumb, but the action - rendered in the most eye-popping, gob-smacking, jaw-dropping 3D since Avatar - is truly awesome.
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