Bumblebee (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Bumblebee proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain.

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On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6)

[Cena] gives good muscle, but Bumblebee brings something even more important - and actually transforming - to the series: a sense of humor, and a heart.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Fans of the classic "Transformers" will be thrilled by many of the touches here. But there is also now an entire generation of kids who are going to get to watch a girl drive, with a smile on her face.

Dec 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Bumblebee," for its part, has just enough wit, playfulness and charm to develop a voice of its own, which is no small thing in the context of a flashy, lunkheaded studio franchise.

Dec 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an effective reimagining that also bears a knowing resemblance to classic youth-oriented films from Bumblebee executive producer Steven Spielberg.

Dec 9, 2018 | Full Review…

"Bumblebee" is basically the movie that fans of the 1980s animated series wanted all along.

Dec 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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As a course correction for the series, pulling the previously complex mythology way back and starting over from scratch, it's enormously effective.

Dec 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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