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Transformers Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2008
For the bot-neutral rest of us, two-and-a-half hours of mostly incoherent special effects may be a bit much.
July 31, 2007
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 16, 2007
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.
July 11, 2007
With Transformers, director Michael Bay has once again claimed the year's top honors for loud, stupid filmmaking.
July 11, 2007
The action sequences are so turgid it's sometimes hard to tell which 'bot is doing what, but with Bay steadily hurling fireworks you won't really pause much to think about that, or about how truly inane the story is.
July 11, 2007
Not a movie, just one gigantic commercial for Hasbro.
July 7, 2007
The film's hurtling visuals and snappy pace (even at two-plus hours) allow many a postmodernist to escape overreaching tendencies.
July 6, 2007
Divorced from reality, even movie reality, Transformers becomes an action film in traction. Its relentless product placement makes it seem like a 2hr. 22min. General Motors commercial. And the film has just enough collisions to be a crashing bore.
July 5, 2007
The welcome mat is out for Michael Bay's cheerfully dopey saga inspired by the popular shape-shifting toys from the '80s.
July 5, 2007
What keeps Transformers watchable is LaBeouf and the computerized effects, which are often startling. When Sam's Camaro muscles up into the Bumblebee bot, it's like watching every boy's fantasy of his first pair of wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 5, 2007
Above all, Transformers is the biggest-budget kaiju movie of all time...one of those Godzilla Versus Other Monster-Suit Guys Trashing Mini-Tokyo flicks. Only with robots
July 3, 2007
Transformers is the comic-book movie on steroids, a fusion of sound and fury and sci-fi plotting that leaves plenty of room for a franchise.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 3, 2007
This is a movie to see on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 3, 2007
No one should be expecting much from Michael Bay except fast pacing and decently choreographed explosions. With Transformers, he doesn't even make it that far.
Read More | Original Score: C-
July 3, 2007
The whole movie has a lightness of tone, an affection for its own cheesiness.
July 3, 2007
Bay, at heart, isn't a fantasist; he's a literal-minded maestro of demolition. But then, that serves Transformers well during its climax, a spectacular clash of the heavy metal titans, and a primal reminder of why boys love their toys.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 2, 2007
The illusion is shattered whenever the 'bots start talking or the action stops. Bay tries to gloss over the infantile plot, but it would take a lighter, wittier touch to square the movie's pedestrian script.
July 2, 2007
While Bay succeeds in creating a seamless mix of computer-generated effects with live-action, the real treat of his film is the flesh-and-blood LaBeouf. He is LaBomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
For Transformers fans, I suppose this is a dream motion picture. For everyone else, it's a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 2, 2007
Transformers is way better than anyone could have expected from Michael Bay, the director who gave us Armageddon and Pearl Harbor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
We knew it would be dumb. But we had no idea it would be so much dumb fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 2, 2007
A dizzying summer adventure, Transformers is a film to worship for its set pieces and chastise for its inscrutable storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 2, 2007
A movie of epically assaultive noise and nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 2, 2007
An uneven, overlong and at times overbearing flick.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2007
There is so much action packed into every second of Transformers that by the time it's over, you may be tempted to go outside and give the box office another 10 bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
It's a gearhead's dream come true, with cool robots, hot girls, big explosions and broad jokes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 2, 2007
The most surprising thing about Michael Bay's much-anticipated, blockbuster-bound Transformers is how funny the movie is. I don't mean funny in an unintentional, Pearl Harbor kind of way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
Though he has a way with CGI toys and action set pieces, director Bay does not have a noticeable gift for making human beings come to life. Transformers' multiple earthling story lines are tedious and oddly lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 2, 2007
As a movie, Transformers is mostly muscle car, but it has enough of a brain under its hood to know how, and when, to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
An unexpectedly witty and exciting movie quick on its feet.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 2, 2007
In this tricked-out retake on the much-loved contraptions, director Michael Bay brings his usual chest-thumping, combustive bombast, but he also brings some clever pacing and a genuinely snappy wit. It is not all stupid and not all loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
Taken for what it is, a crowd-rousing summer blockbuster inspired by a children's mechanical toy, Michael Bay's Transformers is some kind of mess...terpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 2, 2007
Transformers may be the most spectacularly stupid film ever made, and with modern-day Hollywood being what it is, that's quite a feat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
July 2, 2007
An unexpected summer surprise. Not only is it full of way-cool machinery, epic robot fights and mind-dazzling effects, it also has more than its quotient of actual wit and fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
In Bay's world, which is more about metal than people, every action sequence must be edited like a cinematic seizure and every extreme-telephoto image must be jammed headlong into the next.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 2, 2007
It's goofy fun with a lot of stuff that blows up real good, and it has the grace not only to realize how preposterous it is, but to make that into an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
The visual effects are marvellous, [and] the acting is better than it needs to be in a film of this nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 2, 2007
The effects are put to brilliant use. ...Bay even allows the humans their humanness, too -- elsewhere, John Turturro and Anthony Anderson are very funny in smallish parts, and [Julie] White steals the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 2, 2007
Though it's at least 20 minutes too long and uneven dramatically, the acting is sharp, and it features some of the most spectacular action and effects sequences of any movie of its kind.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2007
Great special effects + Shia LaBeouf - flimsy story = lotsa fun.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 2, 2007
Bay's movie is the grandest proof so far that, when it comes to movie characterization, flesh and blood have had their chance. From here on, it's up to metal and plastic.
July 2, 2007
Transformers has some of the best action sequences you'll see all summer.
July 2, 2007
You'll find yourself rooting for computer-generated robots that magically transform into cars, trucks and fighter planes. It's selling the movie short to say the special effects are amazing -- they are out of this world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2007
Bay and an army of visual designers have successfully re-imagined a photorealistic world in which these Titans can believably clash.
June 21, 2007
If it's true that there's an 8-year-old boy inside every man, Transformers is just the ticket to bring the kid out.