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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 18, 2011
The third outing for a herd of toys that should have stayed in their boxes.
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
July 5, 2011
The original Transformers wasn't a great movie, but at least it started out as fun, with Shia LaBeouf as a high-school student who discovers that his new yellow Camaro is actually an Autobot sent to earth to ward off evil Decepticons from their...
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 1, 2011
Despite its manifest improvements, there is something so sour and unpleasant about the new film that it left me almost nostalgic for the innocent idiocies of its predecessor.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2011
At 157 minutes, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't just a movie. It's a sentence.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 30, 2011
For good or ill, Bay is the soul of a new machine, the poet of post-human cinema, the CEO of Hollywood's military-entertainment complex.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 29, 2011
Marveling at its grotesque gigantism doesn't make this two-and-a-half-hour-long movie any less dull.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
June 29, 2011
If you're going to make a movie in which some of your stars are animated toys and much of downtown Chicago is reduced to rubble, this is the way to do it: shamelessly, with no expense spared and no cliche avoided.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 29, 2011
One can argue that summer is built for spectacle. Now if only it could be truly spectacular, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
June 29, 2011
It's a lousy movie, but at least it's a lousy movie with a serviceable story, killer CGI and an action climax that goes on forever (at least an hour).
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 29, 2011
Watching Transformers: Dark of the Moon makes you die a little inside. Is this the future of movies? God help us! Michael Bay, you've done it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 29, 2011
OK, I'll admit it -- this is hard -- the big silly thing is sort of great.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 29, 2011
Fine actors like John Turturro and John Malkovich are encouraged to strip-mine the scenery. Frances McDormand, playing a government bigwig, can now rest content knowing she has given the worst performance of her career. (Not her fault, either.)
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 29, 2011
A wearyingly overlong series of battles and explosions with the thinnest of connective tissue and an ADD-like disregard for follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 29, 2011
I miraculously survived a preview screening with a throbbing headache and slight nausea; others may not be so lucky.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2011
Between Bay's obsession to make his 3-D matter and the artistry of the special effects legions amassed for the project, the visual payoff is striking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 28, 2011
The more action sequences, locations, actors, historical events, machines, effects, monosyllables, weapons, and American-flag close-ups the movie shoves in its mouth and ours, the less we're able to taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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June 28, 2011
Shot by shot, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, like all of Bay's work, has a meticulous commercial sheen that's distinctive and beautiful, but he never lingers on any one of them for long, and they rarely make sense in sequence.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 28, 2011
It's a momentous achievement and it will make untold amounts of money and you should see it even though it's hateful and empty and preaches the worst kind of reactionary violence without even really meaning it.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 28, 2011
The biggest casualties in this third installment of the robot franchise from director Michael Bay are storytelling and character development.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 28, 2011
Bay provides his usual Bayisms: bloated close-ups, manly slo-mo, visual hyperbole and glamour shots of a hot babe standing amid the wreckage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 28, 2011
Easily the best Transformers of the series, Dark of the Moon is everything that's boisterous and lively about our big studio cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 28, 2011
Rarely has a movie had less of a soul and less interesting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 28, 2011
Sense becomes not a Michael Bay joint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 28, 2011
By my watch, Transformers 3 is about 45 minutes too long, and that's the dull middle section before everybody starts wrecking Chicago in a reprise of The Blues Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2011
The overwhelming sci-fi action spectacle is a merciless sensorial assault that leaves you with something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 28, 2011
But while it's headache-inducing, that's at least a slight improvement over the migraine machine that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I've had at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2011
Don't worry about remembering the characters -- the movie certainly doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
June 28, 2011
What does Optimus Prime see in the whiny Sam Witwicky? Why do both the Autobots and Decepticons keep departing Earth, only to reappear a few scenes later? And what is the evolutionary advantage of pretending to be a car, anyway?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
Your brain cells perish by the thousands, their howls of agony lost to the cacophony inside your skull. Vast quantities of money, roughly equal to the GDP of Tonga, travel from America's wallets into the coffers of Paramount.
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 28, 2011
It's a thin line between the idiotically incomprehensible Revenge of the Fallen and the merely incomprehensible of Dark of the Moon.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 28, 2011
Exposition like this starts sounding like so much gibberish, but Dark of the Moon makes it bloom on its own terms, fusing an actual semblance of reason into all those supercool action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2011
If "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't the summer's lousiest whiz-bang movie, it's only because there's so much competition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 28, 2011
A vague story is cobbled together around the increasingly mind-numbing special effects and convoluted action sequences. But by the end of the 2 1/2-hour-plus slog, it's hard to even remember where it began.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 28, 2011
One small step for action movies, one giant leap into the abyss of mindlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 28, 2011
In the future, maybe Bay should abandon using a screenwriter altogether and just fill up 90 minutes with disconnected images of robo-carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 28, 2011
Even as it showcases a new degree of directorial control, Dark of the Moon remains a live-action cartoon, more a delivery mechanism for testosterone and axle grease than a satisfying dramatic experience.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 28, 2011
Here Bay makes his best, most flexible use yet of all the flamboyant bigness at his command: Computer-drawn characters and human actors seem to occupy the same narrative for once.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 28, 2011
I have to admit that during the times that I wasn't feeling whatever intelligence the movie was pummeling out of me being actively insulted, I did kind of enjoy the spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 28, 2011
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is among Mr. Bay's best movies and by far the best 3-D sequel ever made about gigantic toys from outer space.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 28, 2011
Bay is so afraid of boring his audience, he pitches every scene at the same high volume right from the first shot, and the effect is exhausting.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 28, 2011
The kick of the first movie was the pleasurable shock of humans and these transformative mechanical beings interacting. The third chapter is dedicated to little more than wanton destruction.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 28, 2011
Being able to go to the movies and not think is fine -- but that's different from going to a movie that assumes you can't think.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2011
A work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2011
The funniest, best-executed film in the talking, bleeding, Earth-protecting robots-that-look-like-cars-and-trucks series, "Moon" delivers the popcorn in gigantic fist-fulls of fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2011
Too long, too dumb and too loud, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is at least an improvement on its immediate predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 28, 2011
Bay misses every opportunity to make something interesting out of his characters; instead, he's content to spend his enormous budget on grinding destruction so generic and visually convoluted, it's often hard to tell who we're supposed to be rooting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 27, 2011
Mostly this is fairly agonising: long, loud, lurid and lacklustre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5