Transformers

Critics Consensus

While believable characters are hard to come by in Transformers, the effects are staggering and the action is exhilarating.

58%

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Total Count: 226

85%

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User Ratings: 2,385,106
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The interstellar battle between the Autobots and Decepticons rains destruction down on planet Earth as director Michael Bay adapts Hasbro and Takara's popular Transformers franchise into a big-budget, live-action summer tentpole extravaganza in this ambitious sci-fi action feature starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Bernie Mac, John Turturro, Jon Voight, and, of course, Optimus Prime and Megatron. Long ago, on the planet of Cybertron, a massive, powerful alien race divided into two factions, the noble Autobots, and the devious Decepticons. They fought for the sole access to a talisman known as the Allspark, a cube with the capacity to grant infinite power, and eventually the Autobots smuggled it off the planet's surface, hiding it in an unknown location on Earth. Now, hundreds of years later, the Deceptacons have come looking for it, and if the Autobots don't find it first, the Earth will be enslaved or destroyed by the evil aliens' use of its massive power. The Autobots don't know where the cube was hidden, but the information may be stored in the most unlikely of sources, as a gangly young Earthling named Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) who's just picked up his first car, has a strange connection to the Allspark's history, making him the unlikely ally of these enormous creatures, as they fight for humankind's survival and the chance to return home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Shia LaBeouf
as Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox
as Mikaela
Josh Duhamel
as Sergeant Lennox
Tyrese Gibson
as USAF Tech Sergeant. Epps
Rachael Taylor
as Maggie Madsen
Anthony Anderson
as Glen Whitmann
Jon Voight
as Defense Secretary John Keller
Michael O'Neill
as Tom Simmons
Kevin Dunn
as Ron Witwicky
Julie White
as Judy Witwicky
Zack Ward
as First Sergeant Connelly
Amaury Nolasco
as ACWO Jorge 'Fig' Figueroa
John Turturro
as Agent Simmons
Luis Echagarruga
as Ranger Team Member
Patrick Mulderrig
as Ranger Team Member
Brian Shehan
as Ranger Team Member
Michael Trisler
as Ranger Team Member
William Morgan Sheppard
as Captain Witwicky
Bernie Mac
as Bobby Bolivia
Jimmie Wood
as Bonecrusher
Peter Jacobson
as Mr. Hosney
Glenn Morshower
as SOCCENT Sergeant
Lt. Frederic Doss
as SOCCENT Op-Centre Tech
Charlie Bodin
as SOCCENT Op-Centre Tech
Josh Feinman
as USAF Staff Sergeant
Chris Ellis
as Admiral Brigham
Steven Ford
as Four Star General
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Two Star General
Craig Barnett
as Air Force Major General
Brian Prescott
as Keller Aide
Scott Peat
as Pentagon Watch Commander
Colleen Porch
as Enlisted Aide
Brian Stepanek
as Sector Seven Agent
Jamie McBride
as Sector Seven Agent
Wiley M. Pickett
as Sector Seven Agent
Wiley Pickett
as Sector Seven Agent
Ronnie Sperling
as Lead Scientist
Sean Smith
as Scientist
Andy Milder
as R&D Team Leader
Brian Reece
as Moustache Man
Samantha Smith
as Sarah Lennox
Ravi Patel
as Telephone Operator
Rick Gomez
as Sheriff
Mike Fisher
as Football Coach
Colin Fickes
as Analyst
Tom Lenk
as Analyst
Jamison Yang
as Analyst
Esther Scott
as Glen's Grandmother
Madison Mason
as CNN Reporter
Jeremy Jojola
as News Reporter
Jessica Kartalija
as News Reporter
Andrew Altonji
as Café Kid
Andrew Caldwell
as Café Kid
J.P. Manoux
as Witness
Pete Gardner
as Witness
Sophie Bobal
as Little Girl
Laurel Garner
as Mom in Car
Chip Hormess
as Boy in Car
Ray Toth
as Pilot
Michael Adams
as AWACS Controller
Ron Henry
as AWACS Controller
Benjamin Hoffman
as AWACS Controller
Michael McNabb
as AWACS Controller
Jason White
as AWACS Controller
Adam Ratajczak
as Control Tower Tech
Maya Klayn
as Socialite
Michelle Pierce
as Socialite
Odette Annable
as Socialite
Peter Cullen
as Optimus Prime
Hugo Weaving
as Megatron
Mark Ryan
as Bumblebee
Jess Harnell
as Ironhide/Barricade
Jim Wood
as Bonecrusher
Charlie Adler
as Starscream
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Critic Reviews for Transformers

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (96)

  • Thank god the Transformers speak primarily in proper nouns--if they hadn't shouted "Optimus! Megatron!" every time they struck a blow, I'd have no idea what was happening.

    Jun 23, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • For the bot-neutral rest of us, two-and-a-half hours of mostly incoherent special effects may be a bit much.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
    Top Critic
  • I challenge you to name another movie about an alien robot come to save the world while disguised as a yellow Camaro. Isn't it just an intergalactic Herbie the Love Bug?

    Jul 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Films directed by Michael Bay are usually like being shouted at by a halfwit for two and a half hours, and Transformers is no exception.

    Jul 30, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's outrageous, stupid fun and you should see it on the biggest screen you can find.

    Jul 17, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • It's a big, cool, dopey, noisy, non-stop action powerhouse. It's also too long by a half hour and it left my ears ringing, but it's a lot of fun.

    Jul 16, 2007

Audience Reviews for Transformers

  • Dec 18, 2015
    This movie's better than the sequels. That's all I have to say.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2012
    Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay team up for the exciting and action packed blockbuster Transformers. Earth becomes caught up in a war between two groups of alien robots that have come in search of a device that gave life to their planet. That cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, and Jon Voight, who all bring a certain charisma to the film. But the real stars of the film are the special effects, which are amazing. And Michael Bay does an excellent job at delivering high energy action sequences that are visually stunning. The writing is exceptionally poor and the film goes on for far too long, but the action and the visual effects keep the audience engaged. Transformers is messy and cheesy, and sophomoric...but it's also a lot of fun and immensely entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    Don't bother. It's an incoherent mess, and just one of the worst films ever made.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    A fun blockbuster that suffers from sloppiness and a lack of characterization.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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