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Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 28, 2011
    80
    As a performance-art act of juvenile Id-fulfillment, it's magnificent.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 28, 2011
    75
    Dark of the Moon is hardly a fleet production, but 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 28, 2011
    75
    Not rocket science by a moonshot but sporadically dumb fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 28, 2011
    70
    Bay doesn't care about your soul, he just wants your money - but he at least makes sure you go home feeling exhausted and spent rather than vaguely dissatisfied. It's a fair exchange.
  5. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Jun 28, 2011
    63
    While I still protest Bay's too-hasty cutting (many shots are good enough to warrant a few extra seconds), his set pieces, and his sets, are magnificently entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jun 28, 2011
    63
    Moon delivers the popcorn in gigantic fist-fulls of fun.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 28, 2011
    60
    Nothing you see makes any sense at all, but the sensations are undeniable, and kind of fun in their vertiginous, supercaffeinated way.
  8. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 28, 2011
    58
    Not a great movie -- not even a great sci-fi action movie based on toys. But it is brisk and eye-catching, it builds to a truly impressive action set piece, and it's the most fully-realized 3D film since "Avatar."
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    The scorekeepers at the various sites that rate critics' enthusiasm for a film shouldn't even try to elicit a Pass or Fail grade from me on T3. I'm a fascinated, stupefied outsider. Just mark me Present.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    Pass the popcorn, dude; this shit rocks.
  11. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jun 29, 2011
    50
    Its urban devastation knows no peer. Robots smash into each other with steely ferocity, and the humans - well, they do a fine job providing comic relief.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jun 29, 2011
    50
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 29, 2011
    50
    The franchise remains as much an endurance test as a movie, but at least a better Bay has delivered a leaner, meaner, cleaner 3-D rage against the machines.
  14. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jun 29, 2011
    50
    Solidly mindless, breathless summer fun.
  15. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    He concocts a climactic war that flattens downtown Chicago. Bay is such a little boy's director. You know he picked that city because it's the one with the best rock-'em-sock-'em street names. Wacker! Wabash!
  16. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    The result may still be a big, bloated spectacle, but it's a big, bloated spectacle you can just about follow.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    Dark of the Moon is capable of having a little fun with itself. In one scene, mini-Autobots watch "Star Trek'' on TV, not noticing that Spock has the same voice as Sentinel Prime, the formerly moon-stuck 'bot who's rescued and revived in order to play a major role in this installment.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    Stinting on story, dialogue or character development, Bay leaves us with little more than destruction and a hollow, clanking spectacle.
  19. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    But don't worry about remembering the characters - the movie certainly doesn't.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    One small step for action movies, one giant leap into the abyss of mindlessness.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    This "Transformers" is better than the second film (though that's not saying much), with some enjoyable bits here and there.
  22. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    The millions of man hours put into producing this techno shock and awe must be staggering. Everyone got his job done, but somewhere along the way, the movie got lost.
  23. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    Oh, what a hollow experience Dark of the Moon is! Bay is so afraid of boring his audience, he pitches every scene at the same high volume right from the first shot, and the effect is exhausting.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 29, 2011
    42
    The only saving grace is that this time around, the script (yes, there is one, and it was concocted by Ehren Kruger) has occasional wisps of lucidity, and Bay delivers – overdelivers – on the mayhem.
  25. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jun 30, 2011
    40
    Marveling at its grotesque gigantism doesn't make this two-and-a-half-hour-long movie any less dull.
  26. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    All the problematic aspects of the Hollywood bad boy's filmography - reactionary rah-rah patriotism, sneer 'n' drool female fetishization, callously detached bloodletting - remain in soul-shattering force.
  27. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt (1)
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    An improvement on Transformers 2, but then what isn't? To paraphrase the Bard, it's a tale, full of sound and fury and extremely stupid dialogue and nonsensical plotting and preposterous stunts and robots punching each other's heads off, signifying nothing.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    It's true epic filmmaking that's toppled over its tipping point: after the 20th explosion and 64th wall of shattering glass, its enormity undermines its impact.
  29. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    Amid the windy speeches, fiery explosions, exposition dumps, and product placements, there are a few treats to help the intelligent moviegoer - drawn to Dark of the Moon by peer pressure or kitsch factor or an insatiable desire for overstimulation - through the ordeal.
  30. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jun 28, 2011
    38
    The overwhelming sci-fi action spectacle is a merciless sensorial assault that leaves you with something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  31. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 28, 2011
    38
    LaBeouf, who appeared to hit a low in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has sunk to greater levels of incompetence here.
  32. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 28, 2011
    38
    A work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy.
  33. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jul 4, 2011
    30
    The first ten or fifteen minutes of Michael Bay's movie tremble, unaccountably, on the verge of being fun. [11 & 18 July 2011, p.101]
  34. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 28, 2011
    25
    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.
  35. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 28, 2011
    20
    Anyone hoping to engage even a single brain cell, however, is out of luck. Which is too bad, since popcorn blockbusters don't actually have to be mind-numbingly stupid or soul-suckingly empty.
  36. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 29, 2011
    0
    Director Michael Bay, Hollywood's answer to the Antichrist, isn't primarily interested in your soul, though his movie does a pretty effective job of sucking that away (and sucking, in general).
  37. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 29, 2011
    0
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon - high on any list of the worst blockbusters ever - is a movie bereft of wit, wonder, imagination, and any genuine reason for being. Watching it makes you die a little inside.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 858 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 304
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    5
    The movie's CGI is very impressive, i'll tell you that. But the movie lacks strong narration to their overly cliched plot and its overwhelming explosions and flashes will hurt your eyes. However, the movie's main criticism is the British girl from Victoria's Secret; in all that 157minutes, she does nothing but screaming and staring at the Decepticons like a brainless moron. The next thing I would need is a another popcorn and Megan Fox. Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    8
    Transformers 3, action action ACTION, forget about the plot, Transformers 3 is the best action movie! Tons of special effects and sci-fi action that you feel guilty if you blink your eyes once!

    3D will be your main choice seriously, though I still think it's a bit expensive, Transformers 3 really show what 3D effects are capable of!

    I found some parts are not that logic, otherwise Transformers would have win OSCAR!
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  3. Jun 29, 2011
    10
    You better start looking for the red carpet leading to the Oscars because Transformers is sure going to be at it's TECHNICAL end. Michael Bay, with all his grace, delivers one of his finest peaces of contemporary cinema up to date. You wouldn't believe it without seeing it. Close to the end of the film, my friend sitting next to me turned at me and whispered: "This is beyond Blockbuster madness". And it made sens. What Bay and his team have achieved is beyond conventional summer movie making. The crafting here is so perfect and detailed that it pushes and redefines the boundaries of film making. From the chilling sound design, to the godlike visual effects, and perfect attention to detail from Bay's part when choosing his shots.
    It's an honest work that re establishes what fun is all about when the lights dim down and the screen springs to life.
    Just... Have fun and don't pay attention to all those lifeless critics who's conceptual fun is merely based on egocentric shallow intellectual show off and pragmatic dismissing of Bay's work. Criticising his editing and shot compositions which are, to a large extent, unique, but welcome.
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