'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   97 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   247 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    40
    This celluloid abortion should be buried in a vault and shown to film students as an example of big Hollywood at its worst.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Revenge of the Fallen may be a massive overdose of popcorn greased with motor oil. But it knows how to feed your inner 10-year-old's appetite for destruction.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the director's subject is as blatant and consistent as his cluttered mise-en-scene.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    At once loud and boring, like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan. And at two and a half hours, it really is very long.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is proof positive that not every summer action blockbuster has the mettle to be a franchise.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    What's wrong here is that there's so much swirling, relentless action, indistinct robot characterizations and over-caffeinated techies loose on the special-effects machines that the movie, in mere seconds, achieves incoherence.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    So what if he can't put a coherent series of shots together? Bay's going for pure sensation, and everyone knows dramatic continuity is for women and the weak.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a bewildering, noisy, sloppy, cynical piece of work, a movie that sneers at the audience for 147 minutes and expects us to lap it up as entertainment -- and be grateful.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    While LaBeouf proves, finally, to be a viable leading man, and Fox and her midriff earn the power-rock ballads that play every time they have a close-up, they ought to move aside sometimes.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Compared to this sequel, the first Transformers, which was released two years ago, ranks right up there with Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    A well-oiled, loudly revving summer action vehicle that does all that's required, and then some.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    60
    The action-chase-battle sequences of Transformers are cutting-edge and undeniably powerful.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    The right notes are struck over and over for the target demo but there's not much for the rest of us. The special effects are no longer quite so special. A fact that doesn't stop Bay from committing more-is-less excesses.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    0
    The best thing about "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is that it's perhaps the funniest movie of the year ... "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is not as bad as "Transformers"; somehow, in the face of long odds, it is actually worse.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Much of the movie is computer-generated hash, weightless even with nonstop BOOMS and METAL GROANS and THUDS.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie rages on for a hundred and fifty minutes and then just stops, pausing for the next sequel.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The first, comparatively lucid Transformers was a headache, but I sort of enjoyed it....Revenge of the Fallen is more like listening to rocks in a clothes dryer for 2 1/2 hours.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The special effects are better and the dialogue slightly more humorous than in the first movie, but the anti-Arab subtext is repugnant.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Transformers 2 is bigger, longer and louder than its predecessor. In this case, more is less.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    I've just spent 2 1/2 hours watching a movie and another hour thinking about what I saw and I have no earthly idea what Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is about.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    A great grinding garbage disposal of a movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen isn't so much a narrative film as a cacophonous series of explosions intermittently interrupted by needless dialogue.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    There are enormous battle sequences -- you can practically see the dollar signs -- but little effort at telling a story.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Charles Gant Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jordan Mintzer Variety (Top Critic)
    With machines that are impressively more lifelike, and characters that are more and more like machines, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen takes the franchise to a vastly superior level of artificial intelligence.
    Full Review » 5 years ago