'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   52 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   248 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    70
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a full on robot orgy of violence and destruction.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    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 » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    There are definitely bits of this third Transformers film that are ... well ... not quite as stupid.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Mark Jenkins Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Dan Kois Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    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 » 3 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    At 157 minutes, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't just a movie. It's a sentence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    42
    The biggest casualties in this third installment of the robot franchise from director Michael Bay are storytelling and character development.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    One can argue that summer is built for spectacle. Now if only it could be truly spectacular, too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The third outing for a herd of toys that should have stayed in their boxes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Alexis Loinaz Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    A work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
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  • Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    The overwhelming sci-fi action spectacle is a merciless sensorial assault that leaves you with something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    OK, I'll admit it -- this is hard -- the big silly thing is sort of great.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Too long, too dumb and too loud, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is at least an improvement on its immediate predecessor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago