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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 16 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    75
    A well-oiled, loudly revving summer action vehicle that does all that's required, and then some, within the confines of PG-13: It cracks genitalia jokes, messes around with toys and blows stuff up.
  2. Reviewed by: Cammila Albertson
    75
    If you enjoyed the robo-spastic ride the first time, then you should be happy with this movie, too. And if you complained that the first movie was trite and lacking in character development, then you probably shouldn’t even be reading this.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Calvert
    75
    It is unapologetic about delivering what it promises. Bigger battles. Massive explosions. Megan Fox looking hot.
  4. The sequence serves no real purpose beyond dazzle for dazzle's sake, but when you're watching it, that's purpose enough.
  5. 63
    At least the special effects in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are remarkable: You never tire of the endless variations of robots Bay and his computer-generated effects crew come up with.
  6. Hey, Michael: It's the robots, stupid. Despite all the mechanical mayhem, none of the Transformers stand out.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    60
    A super-sized second helping, but the novelty factor and some of the charm’s gone. Hey, at least there's more Megatron / Starscream squabbling this time round.
  8. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    60
    Little seems new compared to the first installment, except that this version is longer, louder, and perhaps "more than your eye can meet" in one sitting.
  9. With its intelligence at the level of the simple-minded, however, the film is not likely to attract moviegoers who seek something more than a screen filled with kaleidoscopes of colored metal. Fan boys will no doubt love it, but for the uninitiated it's loud, tedious and, at 147 minutes, way too long.
  10. Roughly an hour in, Transformers 2 morphs from teen adventure into lumbering war movie. Bay and his screenwriters squander their human capital in order to show us scenes of 20-ton toys crushing 10-ton toys.
  11. Taken on its own, this is a masterful little slice of computer-generated animation, but it gets lost here in the visual racket.
  12. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    50
    Exhilarating or excruciating, depending on your point of view.
  13. The man (Bay) just wears you out and wears you down, so much so that it’s easy to pretend that you’re not ingesting 2 hours and 30 minutes of warmongering along with all that dumb fun.
  14. 42
    At least in the last half-hour, Bay's incredibly sloppy continuity and overeager rush to action pays off.
  15. 40
    Revenge of the Fallen just comes off as a bratty kid showing how many swear words he knows.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    This is blockbuster porn absent even the suggestion of care or concern for anything that might resemble "a point," save the obvious one to move more Hasbro action figures and animated-series DVD boxed sets. In a word: distasteful.
  17. Fox's cleavage is the only camera object that catches Bay's attention for more than a millisecond.
  18. 38
    Dazzles the eye, numbs the mind and may cause deafness in some cases. Did I mention to bring along some Excedrin?
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    This sequel to the clever and funny first "Transformers" not only is disappointing, it will give most people a throbbing case of metal overload.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    2 1/2 hours of tumescence disguised as a motion picture.
  21. 38
    The storyline is so infantile that it will appeal to young kids.
  22. Revenge of the Fallen almost feels like it's signaling an end-game for blockbuster movies: all sensation, no content, catastrophic expense.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    30
    The reductio ad absurdum of a summer blockbuster. It is loud (boom!), long (two and a half hours!), incoherent (poorly explained intergalactic warfare!), leering (Megan Fox in short shorts!), racist (jive-talkin' robot twins!), and rife with product tie-ins (Chevy! Hasbro!).
  24. This Transformers is a pile of glittering junk.
  25. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    30
    Much of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is simply despicable.
  26. 30
    The movie rages on for a hundred and fifty minutes and then just stops, pausing for the next sequel.
  27. The special effects are better and the dialogue slightly more humorous than in the first movie, but the anti-Arab subtext is repugnant.
  28. 25
    A horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments.
  29. 25
    The whirl, bang and general bother of crashing gears and gnashing metal ends up suffocating the senses.
  30. Overstays its welcome by at least a half hour. But, assuming that cute Camaro stays in the picture, I expect we’ll all be back for the planned round three.
  31. An impossibly, incomprehensibly overlong and cacophonous bore.
  32. 0
    Transformers 2 has a shot at the title Worst Movie of the Decade.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1312 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    4
    "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" lacks the mind-blowing blockbuster spirit "Transformers" originally had. All you can see is messy clunky robots fighting with amazingly terrible cinematography followed by a brainlessly written script. Full Review »
  2. MasteR.
    May 16, 2010
    2
    Let me start off by saying I've enjoyed the first for what it was but most of this film made me literally angry, it was so fucking shit. The dialogue/ characters was disastrous, Uwe Boll looks like a genius next to this fucking moron and 90% of the time in the fighting scenes I couldn't even tell WHY there were explosions and it just seemed like a shit load of metal sounds. It's also odd how the robots acted so much like humans in the way they fight/ act/ talk. I didn't pick up on that the first film but I did here, probably because there is much more dialogue scenes and so on which were NOT needed and yeah, just literally pissed me off over how dumb they were. Oh and when an old robot is re-activated he has a beard and a walking cane WHAT THE FUCK!? Fucking ridiculous movie that highlights everything wrong with American culture. The mom character especially. oh.my.fucking.god, she was so fucking terrible, I just wanted to stick a chainsaw in someone's eye. And no you can't say "lol just go in it and have some fun", that WAS my attitude before it started pissing me off with scene after scene of absurd idiocy. The humour pisses me off just thinking about it...When the dad slaps the mother's ass, the main douchebag guy says "hey watch it, this isn't a rap video"....Yeah...wow. And the way he says it adds to the annoyance. The effects were spectacular, I'd give it that. I loved when robots got sliced you could literally see very inch of metal, wires and whatever come apart and that was about all I've enjoyed along with some of the action scenes. And the overall story was kind of interesting if it was told better but it wasn't and unfortunately the great story that seemed to be in there just couldn't come out under such retarded direction which is a huge shame. 2/10. Full Review »
  3. Sep 4, 2010
    0
    This is, without exaggeration, the absolute worst movie I have seen in the last ten years. Not only because it's a million kinds of awful, but because of what it represents. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen symbolizes not just everything condescending, cynical, and soulless in Hollywood, it stands as a testament to sub-crustal standards and the triumph of a strong marketing campaign over effort, talent and vision. Batman and Robin has been dethroned. Full Review »