Bumblebee 2018

Bumblebee

Critics 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.

91%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 244

74%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 9,897

Where to watch

Show all services

Other Movies

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

Bumblebee Videos

Bumblebee Photos

Movie Info

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen.

Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for Bumblebee

Critic Reviews for Bumblebee

All Critics (244) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (221) | Rotten (23)

  • The film presents late-80s America so fetishistically that it feels at times like a follow-up to Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher (2014), and its recycling of 80s teen-movie cliches are also weirdly reverential.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Where the Bay "Transformers" movies alternated between ecstasy and dullness, "Bumblebee" is consistently middling.

    December 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A frustrating joy ride. It'd be twice as good if it was half as long.

    December 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If only not being terrible was the same as being good; Bumblebee is still just reheated nostalgia.

    December 26, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The movie works in large part because of the depth of Steinfeld's performance. We haven't seen such a well-realized character in any of the other Transformers movies.

    December 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Imagine if John Hughes made a Transformers movie. Or: Think E.T., but with auto parts.

    December 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bumblebee

  • Sep 05, 2019
    A prequel, or possibly a reboot, Bumblebee is a mediocre action-comedy that really scales back the level of action and adventure that the Transformers series is known for. As the Autobots face defeat on their world they send B-127 to Earth to establish a base, however he soon finds himself on the run from the US military as well as Decepticon soldiers, and hides out undercover as a teenage girl's Volkswagen Beetle. Once again the Transformers mythos is changed up, so there's no way of knowing if or where this film fits in the existing series. And both Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena give rather poor performances; particularly Cena, who's playing a cartoonish military commander. Additionally, the special effects aren't very good. The Transformer designs have been scaled back and don't have nearly the same amount of detail or photorealism as before. Still, there are some exciting fight sequences and the soundtrack is energetic and fun. Bumblebee, while mildly entertaining, has no real ambition and is a pretty pathetic attempt to revive this waning series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Strong contender for best live-action Transformers movie ever made, but Christ, what a low fuckin' bar that is. The fact it isn't the clear and absolute winner is a devastating criticism.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2019
    This spinoff of the Transformers franchise ultimately wins over with the amount of heart and charm it possess. Strip away the "Bay-hem" explosions and add Steinfeld and some solid action, you've got a simple yet satisfying entry in the Hasbro-influenced saga that's arguably its best. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2019
    The Transformers prequel does cash in on the current 1980s nostalgia, but at least it does so by delivering a highly enjoyable adventure. Going back to the formula "a boy and his first car", now with a girl, that worked great in the first film, was also a smart move. The film has its best moments when it is focusing on kids having an exciting adventure, like in the classics from that era. Each time we turn to the bad guys, we're in the usual Transformers territory. Still, thanks to great soundtrack, a likable young leading lady and good sense of humor (instead of embarrassing jokes like in the last three films), the enjoyment far outweighs the "been there, done that" moments.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

Bumblebee Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides