Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a full on robot orgy of violence and destruction.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • "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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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?

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Dan Kois — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • At 157 minutes, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't just a movie. It's a sentence.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • Bay provides his usual Bayisms: bloated close-ups, manly slo-mo, visual hyperbole and glamour shots of a hot babe standing amid the wreckage.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The biggest casualties in this third installment of the robot franchise from director Michael Bay are storytelling and character development.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • One can argue that summer is built for spectacle. Now if only it could be truly spectacular, too.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The third outing for a herd of toys that should have stayed in their boxes.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy...

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Reader

  • The overwhelming sci-fi action spectacle is a merciless sensorial assault that leaves you with something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Tirdad Derakhshani — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • If "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't the summer's lousiest whiz-bang movie, it's only because there's so much competition.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • OK, I'll admit it -- this is hard -- the big silly thing is sort of great.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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