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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 242
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 195

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch.

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 38

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch.

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Two years after saving the world with the Autobots, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is away at college when an ancient Decepticon named "The Fallen" returns to Earth on a mission of vengeance. With the Allspark destroyed, the Autobots lose all hope of returning to their home planet of Cybertron, and begin working with an elite military known as NEST to hunt down any remaining Decepticons. But even as they fight for humanity alongside Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and USAF Master Sergeant Epps (Tyrese

Oct 20, 2009

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The movie is like the play date from hell, the kind where a crew of children reduce your home to rubble and conduct endless bouts of loud war on the living-room floor while you ponder the propriety of opening a bottle of wine.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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I would like to think that even if I was 14, either in body or spirit, I would still find this film an impossibly, incomprehensibly overlong and cacophonous bore.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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It adds up exactly as you'd think if you've seen a moving picture before; the motivations are simple while the laughs pound you about the head and face.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Much of the movie is computer-generated hash, weightless even with nonstop BOOMS and METAL GROANS and THUDS.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (18)
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The movie rages on for a hundred and fifty minutes and then just stops, pausing for the next sequel.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (46)
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It is as if Michael Bay was saying "You think I've blown stuff up before? Ha-ha. Wait till you see this."

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (9)
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Eager to get myself into the right mindset for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I turned to the multiplex patron sitting next to me and politely asked him to slam my head against the forward seatback.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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If Bay has one consistent artistic inclination other than the lowest common denominator, it's his obsession with fascistic imagery.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Mostly it's punch-your-face loud.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The first Transformers may not have been bigger, but it was certainly better.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Few elements of Fallen are completely odious unto themselves, but rolled together it becomes a wave of inescapable proportions.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Built from the ground up to be a popcorn-devouring, eye-popping, nostalgia-sparking crowd-pleaser.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Comment (1)
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A minor improvement over its nigh abominable predecessor...

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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I had a pretty excellent time.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comments (10)
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The people Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was made for will like it for what it is. Which is probably the saddest thing about it. As long as you're willing to accept crap, you're not likely to get anything better.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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Bayformers 2 is a mess of a story loosely glued together with lame jokes, fighting pixels and Megan Fox's ass.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (3)
What Culture

Revenge of the Fallen ... plays more like Pearl Harbor 2, from the heavy-handed seriousness to the clumsy racial stereotypes (a couple of 'ethnic' robots seem to have walked straight out of the Kirk Lazarus School of Racial Sensitivity).

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

It's frustrating that if Transformers 2 took itself a little more seriously, it might just have blown audiences away the same way the original did.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (10)
Fan The Fire

Michael Bay knows how to spoil any film he touches, taking an extreme step down from the surprisingly fun original.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (5)
Cinema Sight

with Bay under pressure to squeeze as much content into two and half hours, it was inevitable that some elements of the formula wouldn't work

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comment (1)

After the first ten minutes, I just...wanted...the...movie...to...end.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (63)
Movie Metropolis

This benighted cacophony is a painful blend of overproduced action and shameless exposition

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
Killer Movie Reviews

Watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is like going to one of those chain all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants: The potatoes may be overbaked, the green beans limp and the beef lukewarm, but no way are you walking out of there hungry.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Whilst I enjoyed the first 'Transformers' this is cinematic torture. It is utter, utter rubbish. I cannot clearly express in words my utter hatred for this film. I despise everything about it from the racist robots to the exploitative special effects. I know Michael Bay makes 'films for teenage boys' but as a filmmaker he has a moral duty to create a plot. Yet again he has failed abysmally. Spare yourself from this.
July 11, 2014
Adam Kelly

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Okay, if you are one of those people who goes to the movies and expects to see a great story, then this could possibly be the worst movie you have ever seen, but you have to look beyond the story and have some fun with it! This movie is amazing fun at times, but there is just so much bad surrounding it. There is too much action, that you will find yourself lost in the entertainment, which is fun for a while, but ultimately becomes tiresome. Yes, it goes overboard, and yes it's a new low for even director Michael Bay, but I love watching it for some reason. This is a very bad film with addicting action that you just cannot ignore. The only things thing film has going for it is the effects, which actually work against the story sometimes. This had potential to be a great popcorn flick, but it's just overlong and dumb.
June 26, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Basically, Hollywood caters to 12 year old boys now. T2 is bigger and dumber in every sense of those words.

The story is silly and overly comical. The characters and relationships are less believable, the villains, battles and explosions are all bigger, clumsier and just an untamed mess of explosive adrenaline.

Everything about this movie is like the first, but proportionally bigger for all the wrong reasons. The drama is contrive, the action is over the top... it's just annoyingly juvenile.
June 26, 2014
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen represents everything wrong with movies today. It seems worried that the audience will get bored by even a minute of plot that it bombards with explosion after explosion. No sense of space or relation to what's going on in the action sequences. Jokes replace story. Machines run in and out without ever being established.
It feels like the studio gave $200 million to a bunch of pre-schoolers and were told to go make a movie. A 2 1/2 hour waste of time.
June 26, 2014
MovieGeek13

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    1. Starscream: Come here, boy.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (8 months ago)
    1. Starscream: Master, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the soldiers brought the body of Prime!
    2. Megatron: The boy must have the Matrix. He can not let him reach Optimus! Decepticons, begin our assault!
    – Submitted by Brandon S (8 months ago)
    1. Leo: Wait, wait, wait, can I sit and watch?
    – Submitted by Adam P (9 months ago)
    1. Leo: I think he died, but lets go and check.
    – Submitted by Adam P (9 months ago)
    1. Optimus Prime: Earth, birthplace of the human race. A species much like our own, capable of great compassion and great violence. For in our quest to protect the humans, a deeper revelation dawns: our worlds have met before...
    – Submitted by Nick S (20 months ago)
    1. Megatron: My master, I failed you on Earth. The Allspark is destroyed and without it, our race will perish.
    2. The Fallen: Oh, you much have much to learn, my disciple. The Cube was merely a vessel. Its power, its knowledge, can never be destroyed. It can only transform.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
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