Transformers Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A movie of epically assaultive noise and nonsense.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Transformers has some of the best action sequences you'll see all summer.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The welcome mat is out for Michael Bay's cheerfully dopey saga inspired by the popular shape-shifting toys from the '80s.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • This is a movie to see on the big screen.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • The film's hurtling visuals and snappy pace (even at two-plus hours) allow many a postmodernist to escape overreaching tendencies.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Not a movie, just one gigantic commercial for Hasbro.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a gearhead's dream come true, with cool robots, hot girls, big explosions and broad jokes.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Transformers may be the most spectacularly stupid film ever made, and with modern-day Hollywood being what it is, that's quite a feat.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • With Transformers, director Michael Bay has once again claimed the year's top honors for loud, stupid filmmaking.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

Top Movies