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The Transformers - The Movie (1986)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 2

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 73,730

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Movie Info

90 minute animated toy commercial in which the Autobots battle the evil Decepticons. Notable only for great cast of voices!

Rating:
PG (violence)
Genre:
Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 7, 2000
Runtime:
De Laurentiis Entertainment Gr


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Critic Reviews for The Transformers - The Movie

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (9) | DVD (15)

A 1986 computer-animated feature based on a popular TV cartoon show, further inspired, no doubt, by the philanthropic desire of Japanese and American toy manufacturers to keep their kiddie customers rolling in robots.

Full Review… | May 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The anime-inflected look is generally impressive too, although the power-rock soundtrack is unsalvageable.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

While all this action may captivate young children, the animation is not spectacular enough to dazzle adults.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Still the only Transformers film worth watching.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

The real Transformers movie...

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Cinema Crazed

An awful toy commercial in disguise.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Far from a cheap spin-off, The Transformers: The Movie is an entertaining feature-length animation that's both handsome and well realised.

Full Review… | May 18, 2008
Film4

it will dare you to be stupid

July 3, 2007

Charming, useless fun.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Empire Magazine

It's good mindless fun, and a flick that no doubt holds a lot of Nostalgia Value for several members of my generation's sci-fi geeks.

Full Review… | November 20, 2006
DVD Clinic

Did Transformers actually launch the celebrity-voiced animation craze 20 years ago? That may be the film's biggest legacy.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
Filmcritic.com

Basically, The Transformers: The Movie features rancid animation techniques, a story that will bore anyone over age 10, and a few overpaid celebrities essaying the lead voices.

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

American Anime before Anime was cool.

September 11, 2003
MovieCrypt.com

This animated number may require a certain nostalgia factor for successful viewing.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Transformers - The Movie

A classic 80's cartoon brought to the big screen in a fun way. Loved this back in the day.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

It may be the first feature film that the Transformers have ever gotten, but honestly, it is not their best. This film centres around what most people hate Michael Bays films for (too much action), in which I respond, "so how can you enjoy this?" Once Optimus Prime defeats Megatron, he is turned into Galvatron and becomes an even bigger threat to the Autobots, declaring an all-out war. By the end of the film, I was a little bored by all the excitement, but the score and songs played throughout this film were awesome. The story is fairly simple to follow and the voice actors are fantastic. "Transformers: The Movie" is good fun and nothing more.

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KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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½

Now I didn't grow up in the 80s but I did grow up with this show on DVD and VHS at my cousins house a lot so I did grow up with the original transformers TV series, and I was very anxious to watch this movie, the only problem with this movie is, almost everything. The music just seems out of place even for the time the movie was made, the new characters are just irritating or dull as a rock, and the action isn't that exciting either. The only thing I remotlye liked in this movie was Orson Welles as Unicron but aside from tat this film just is unappealing to me.

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michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Now I'm sure an animated movie of The Transformers from the 80s might not mean much to most people, it's one of the most nostalgic childhood experiences. To me, this encapsulates everything that made The Transformers such a cool show and every time I see it, it brings me back. While it does kill almost everyone off from the original series, it does so with such style and respect that it almost doesn't even matter. If you're going to kill Optimus Prime, it's fitting that he does so in a blaze of glory with "You've got the Touch" playing in the background and one liners spewing out left and right. They also picked a formidable replacement; the Judd Nelson robot known as Hot Rod. I mean this movie really has it all: Robo-violence galore, a flawless soundtrack, a villain without rival, Spockbot, and dialogue that is larger than life. The plot here is such a mammoth beast. The show always had doomsday type scenarios, but never in the form of a planet eating Orson Welles. It also dares to question who is fit to lead in a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. What they did with this movie was raise the stakes, made the animation 10x better, and made the idea all the more timeless and undeniably awesome. I don't think The Transformers would have as lasting of an effect as it does today if there hadn't been this slice of brilliance included.

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Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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