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Bumblebee Reviews

December 31, 2018
Where the Bay "Transformers" movies alternated between ecstasy and dullness, "Bumblebee" is consistently middling.
December 26, 2018
If only not being terrible was the same as being good; Bumblebee is still just reheated nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 24, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2018
Imagine if John Hughes made a Transformers movie. Or: Think E.T., but with auto parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2018
"Bumblebee" does hold up as a fun, family-appropriate movie on its own terms, and redeems its beleaguered franchise in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2018
After the cacophonous abomination that was Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, I suppose the mere whiff of competency smells good in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2018
Knight is able to milk the softness of Bumblebee's eyes, which are like two big, blue flashlights, and he gives the robot giant - and the story - a beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2018
113 minutes (and feels longer) of a lukewarm, John Hughes-ified clone of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
December 20, 2018
Mankind has split the atom, sent a man to the moon, and now, in arguably its most unlikely achievement, it has produced a watchable Transformers movie.
December 20, 2018
Even grading on a curve, though, this is a solidly executed story, tapping the familiar theme of a troubled kid whose life is changed by an extraordinary visitor.
December 20, 2018
Several of the best lines come with a bit too big of a wink at the teen movie formula, which lends to a sense of irony that lingers around the edges of the otherwise deeply sincere film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2018
There are real emotional stakes, an appealing 1980s look and some genuinely funny jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2018
Bumblebee works because it dares to tap into a new dimension in this franchise: Legitimate emotional reactions. We humans like to refer to them as feelings!
December 19, 2018
The script stays on safe, formulaic ground, but it's effective - and somehow breathes new life into a franchise that had become a junk heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2018
Tones down everything that made its predecessors weak, while adding humor, emotion and a surprising amount of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2018
Maybe the key to getting a good Transformers movie this whole time was simply hiring a woman to write the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 18, 2018
Steinfeld is an enormously talented actress, and the film knows to spend some time with her and not try to hurry things along to the next big set piece.
December 18, 2018
For his live-action debut, Knight slips into Bay boomboom mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2018
Can a "Transformers" movie be good? It turns out the answer is yes - if the right talent is given enough leeway.
December 17, 2018
It's a charming tale of a girl and her adorable car-robot, flipping the script on the tired, bloated franchise. While hard-core fan-boys may complain it's too soft, this film may turn out to be the perfect way to save Transformers.
December 17, 2018
A not-bad origin story about one of the more more agreeable Transformers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 14, 2018
[Cena] gives good muscle, but Bumblebee brings something even more important - and actually transforming - to the series: a sense of humor, and a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 9, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 9, 2018
"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.
December 9, 2018
It's an effective reimagining that also bears a knowing resemblance to classic youth-oriented films from Bumblebee executive producer Steven Spielberg.
December 9, 2018
"Bumblebee" is basically the movie that fans of the 1980s animated series wanted all along.
December 8, 2018
As a course correction for the series, pulling the previously complex mythology way back and starting over from scratch, it's enormously effective.