'Transformers' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   111 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   222 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    A movie of epically assaultive noise and nonsense.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Transformers has some of the best action sequences you'll see all summer.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The welcome mat is out for Michael Bay's cheerfully dopey saga inspired by the popular shape-shifting toys from the '80s.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    This is a movie to see on the big screen.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    The film's hurtling visuals and snappy pace (even at two-plus hours) allow many a postmodernist to escape overreaching tendencies.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Not a movie, just one gigantic commercial for Hasbro.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    It's a gearhead's dream come true, with cool robots, hot girls, big explosions and broad jokes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    With Transformers, director Michael Bay has once again claimed the year's top honors for loud, stupid filmmaking.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    An uneven, overlong and at times overbearing flick.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    We knew it would be dumb. But we had no idea it would be so much dumb fun.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    The visual effects are marvellous, [and] the acting is better than it needs to be in a film of this nature.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago