Transformers Reviews

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July 2, 2007
Director Michael Bay appears to have neither a sense of timing nor an awareness that, as a movie draws to its conclusion, simple logic suggests it's time to put a move on.
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.
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.
July 2, 2007
The visual effects are marvellous, [and] the acting is better than it needs to be in a film of this nature.
July 2, 2007
I came away convinced I'd had the most sheer, loud fun of any blockbuster in a summer that has delivered too little of that quantity.
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.
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.
July 2, 2007
Great special effects + Shia LaBeouf - flimsy story = lotsa fun.
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
The film suffers from a second-half degeneration into CGI battles devoid of human interest - but it's still a high-speed, energetic, must-see action flick.
July 2, 2007
the bloated mid-section of Bay's overlong extravaganza (clocking in at a punishing 144 minutes) will test the patience of casual Transformers fans
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.
July 2, 2007
[G]loriously, emphatically meaningless and cheerfully, genially brainless. It's like a big dumb dog -- you just can't hate it.
July 2, 2007
One silly, overblown movie, skillful but bombastic eye-candy for the adolescent-minded, with the cinematic I.Q. of your average household appliance.
July 2, 2007
It's a sickening force-feeding commercial frenzy to sell cars, toys and war in the same breath that it pawns itself off as "cinema." This is not cinema. This is acid kool-aid for children. Don't drink it.
July 2, 2007
Every time Transformers threatens to collapse under the weight of its ridiculous plot and boring characters, Bay and his team pull a visual trick that will blow many summer movie fan's minds.
July 2, 2007
Transformers is probably the Rosetta Stone of Bay's career. All of his favorite elements are here: military fetishism, vehicular fetishism, hot chick fetishism, explosion fetishism, sweaty machismo and a brutal disregard for an interesting story.
July 2, 2007
A sort of Ambien/No-Doz cocktail likely to send all but fanboy brains into self-protective shutoff mode.
July 2, 2007
works for more than just the built-in fan base who grew up on the old cartoon series and the toys. This is a fantasy for which suspension of disbelief is a pleasure. Sleeker, spiffed up, and daring to rely on solid storytelling
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