Transformers Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
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.
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?
July 30, 2007
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.
July 17, 2007
It's outrageous, stupid fun and you should see it on the biggest screen you can find.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
July 3, 2007
This is a movie to see on the big screen.
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.
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.
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