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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 241
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 192

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: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 35

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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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 | 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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It's confusing and excessive and it just missed the mark completely.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (7)
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If it sounds as though the script (credited to Ehren Kruger, Robert Orci, and Alex Kurtzman) was written in serial-novel form during an all-night mescaline bender, well, I have no evidence that it was not.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comments (10)
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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)
Florida Times-Union

Clocking in at almost 2 1/2 hours, Revenge of the Fallen feels interminable.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

"Megan Fox is the real reason for the popularity of the Transformers series."

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Vancouver Voice | Comments (22)
Vancouver Voice

Honestly, it gave me a headache.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Access Hollywood | Comments (6)
Access Hollywood

Think of this film as like the first one multiplied by ten. Everything that was good is better and everything that was bad (the relentless stupidity of its story) is worse.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

Oh how the mighty have fallen%u2026

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (3)
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I have never felt more like a third nipple than I did, as a screenwriter, while watching Michael Bay's new movie, 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.'

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: HitFix | Comments (9)
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Audience Reviews for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Multiple plot flaws and when you think about it very similar story flow to the first. Shaky and predictable and not the breath of fresh air the first was, the second installment in the Transformers series offers a hot actress, a good actor, and hours of head banging madness. Sheer disappointment is the only thing that can be said of this movie. I will go back to watching the first, and pretend this never happened. Hopefully the third can try to revive the series.
July 22, 2013
Nikhil N.
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Doesn't deserve a review. The first Transformers was quite good, but this is truly one of the worst films ever. It seems you either like it or hate it, but this is awful! Michael Bay had a really big budget and used too much of it, non-stop explosion, no storyline, just explosions and fights over and over again. Glad it got the Razzie. AWFUL!
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July 7, 2013
Adam Kelly

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Not only is it among the worst sequels I've ever seen, the second Transformers is among the worst films I've ever seen, and is near the top when it comes to the biggest drop-offs between consecutive films in a series. I'm not sure exactly what the first Transformers had that Revenge of the Fallen didn't, but in hindsight, it seems to be entirely this: novelty. And while the human story - Sam's wacky parents and his unlikely romance with Mikaela - added charm in the first film, here it just bogged things down. So did all the explaining that took place in the film's latter half. Now throw in an ill-advised "mom's on pot brownies" sequence and some racist-as-the-crows-in-Dumbo additions to the toy collection - er, I mean, cast - and what you get is a real clunker: it's as dizzying and explody as anything else Michael Bay's done, but there's just too much CGI battling in this one, and next to no organic energy from the plot. By my count, I was only interested in what was going on for about 25 minutes, around the hour mark. I'll still watch the third installment, and I'll hold on to my good memories of the first one (i.e., I'll not risk watching it again), but yikes: the magic in this series blew up with the All Spark.
February 16, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Way too long blockbuster film. Cool special effects.
January 10, 2013
Raajay

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    1. Starscream: Come here, boy.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (4 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 (4 months ago)
    1. Leo: Wait, wait, wait, can I sit and watch?
    – Submitted by Adam P (5 months ago)
    1. Leo: I think he died, but lets go and check.
    – Submitted by Adam P (5 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 (15 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 (18 months ago)
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