Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)



Critic Consensus: With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.

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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history...while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. (C) Paramount
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Mark Wahlberg
as Cade Yeager
Jack Reynor
as Shane Dyson
Nicola Peltz
as Tessa Yeager
Stanley Tucci
as Joshua Joyce
Kelsey Grammer
as Harold Attinger
Sophia Myles
as Darcy Tirrel
Titus Welliver
as James Savoy
Peter Cullen
as Optimus Prime
Frank Welker
as Galvatron
Bing Bing Li
as Su Yueming
John DiMaggio
as Crosshairs
Mark Ryan
as Lockdown
T.J. Miller
as Lucas Flannery
Reno Wilson
as Brains
Abigail Klein
as Joshua's Assistant
Han Geng
as Convertible Passenger
Bingbing Li
as Su Yueming
James Bachman
as Gill Wembley
Thomas Lennon
as Chief Of Staff
Charles Parnell
as CIA Director
Erika Fong
as CIA Analyst
Michael Collins
as CIA Analyst
Zou Shiming
as Elevator Boxer
Richard Riehle
as Theater Landlord
Patrick Bristow
as Landlord's Grandson
Cleo King
as Realtor
Calvin Wimmer
as Realtor Client
Glenn Keogh
as Arctic Site Foreperson
David Midthunder
as Arctic Site Guard
Richard Gallion
as Air Force Operator
Nick Horst
as Air Force Technician
Kassem Gharaibeh
as Wembley's Associate
Ed Welburn
as KSI Executive
Yanis Kalnins
as KSI Security Chief
Peter A. Kelly
as KSI Guard
Jessica Gomes
as KSI Spokesmodel
Andreas Beckett
as KSI Scientist
Alexander Leeb
as KSI Scientist
Jamison Haase
as KSI Robot Controller
Drew Wicks
as KSI Robot Controller
Gene Shieh
as KSI Factory Executive
Woei Bee
as KSI Factory Executive
Wang Ying
as KSI Greeter
William Wang
as KSI Worker
Melanie Specht
as Joshua's Assistant
Lin Po Hung
as Attinger's Driver
Kevin Covais
as Dorky Driver
Blair Adam Baillio
as Robot Thief
Mikal A. Vega
as Cemetery Wind Team
Andrew Arrabito
as Cemetery Wind Team
Michael Wong
as Hong Kong Police Chief
Winston Yeh Kingman
as Hong Kong Man In Suit
Ray Lui
as Motorcycle Owner
Candice Zhao
as Woman In Elevator
Li Jun Ting
as Hong Kong Police Officer
Howard Y. Woo
as Hong Kong Police Officer
Jingsheng Yu
as Hong Kong Police Officer
Zhang Tianyu
as Pangu Hotel Greeter
Wu Gang
as Chinese Minister Of Defense
Teresa Daley
as Assistant To Minister Of Defense
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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (48)

Since the film is a chilling two hours and 45 minutes long, that means one's mind quickly wanders, dancing across this film's many flaws, little and big.

Full Review… | September 22, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The few authentic inspirations to be found in the movie's hundred and sixty-five roiling minutes involve gigantic science-fiction contrivances.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
New Yorker
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It barely matters whether this movie is good or bad. Bay is now the sort of filmmaker -- the only one, perhaps -- whose moviemaking goes beyond such binary banality.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014
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In the end, though, this is still a movie about giant robots fighting each other, which is to say it's nearly impossible to take seriously on a narrative level.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Inflated, interminable and incoherent ...

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
Top Critic

You're either awestruck, dumbstruck or just plain struck in the face.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction


Infuriatingly silly and pointless, this is the most spectacular and stupid entry in the franchise. No plot to speak of and unbelievably flat characters and dialog make this hard to sit through, even during some of the action sequences. It doesn't help that the film is 30 minutes too long. When even huge action sequences feel repetitive and drag on forever your movie is in trouble. Most attempts in humor, especially on the Bots's side, are just poor. Only Stanley Tucci works here once his character gets interesting. He is the sole ray of light in this convoluted, stupid mess. One of the worst blockbusters of all times.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Four movies in, at this point you can either fall back on the old criticisms of Michael Bay as a filmmaker or simply let down your guard and look for any simple pleasures offered by the Transformers franchise, a series mostly known for chaotic plotting and action. Age of Extinction is probably the best Transformers film since the first one (take that for what you will) but it still has all the hallmarks of the obtuse and convoluted plotting, absurd and obnoxious characters, juvenile humor, intense product placement, and often incoherent action. Gone are the characters from the first three films and in their stead is Mark Wahlberg (upgrade) as a Texan inventor named, get this, Cade Yeager. He and his teen daughter come into contact with Optimus Prime and are on the run from multiple forces. Apparently a bounty hunter is looking to target Prime. The U.S. has a black ops team tracking down Transformers in hiding. And Stanley Tucci plays a business tycoon who wants to make his own Transformers via their magic substance "Transformium." Reading all of that, you realize the pieces still don't really make sense, and that's before the robot dinosaurs come into play. And yet Bay and his team have fine-tuned the entertaining aspects of the franchise and better consolidated them in the fourth film. A badass alien bounty hunter/collector is a great addition, adding the government as an adversary, Titus Welliver (TV's Lost) as a cocksure special agent, Tucci as a corporate blowhard, and robot dinosaurs, it all sort of works on its own terms. Again, if you try and logically connect the pieces, it won't happen. By this point, if you're not a fan of the series, there's no real reason to continue watching, but if you've found any semblance of enjoyment then there should be enough to keep your attention with the fourth film. Nate's Grade: C+

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

This started out way better than I thought, but then fell off the rails at the end. Did it end? I wasn't sure because it felt like it went on forever.

Jon Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

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