Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Reviews

  • This celluloid abortion should be buried in a vault and shown to film students as an example of big Hollywood at its worst.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the director's subject is as blatant and consistent as his cluttered mise-en-scene.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is proof positive that not every summer action blockbuster has the mettle to be a franchise.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Compared to this sequel, the first Transformers, which was released two years ago, ranks right up there with Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A well-oiled, loudly revving summer action vehicle that does all that's required, and then some.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The action-chase-battle sequences of Transformers are cutting-edge and undeniably powerful.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Much of the movie is computer-generated hash, weightless even with nonstop BOOMS and METAL GROANS and THUDS.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The movie rages on for a hundred and fifty minutes and then just stops, pausing for the next sequel.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The special effects are better and the dialogue slightly more humorous than in the first movie, but the anti-Arab subtext is repugnant.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Transformers 2 is bigger, longer and louder than its predecessor. In this case, more is less.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

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