Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Transformers is a wet dream for fanboys, with vehicles that whiz and whir into alien robots, spectacular sci-fi stunt chases, glistening military hardware, overheated computer software and brainy, hot girls who love Popular Mechanics.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Big, loud and full of testosterone-fueled car fantasies, Michael Bay's actioner hits a new peak for CGI work, showcasing spectacular chases and animated transformation sequences seamlessly blended into live-action surroundings.
  3. It's all about the sheer visceral rush of mega action.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    The script may have rubbery legs, but the action is rock-hard. The surprise is the lightness of touch: treat as a comedy for best results.
  5. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    The movie's biggest misstep is a complete lack of the classic Transformers theme song. How do you not use the coolest ’80s toyline-turned-cartoon music ever?
  6. 75
    Everything comes down to an epic battle between the Transformers and the Decepticons, and that's when my attention began to wander, and the movie lost a potential fourth star.
  7. 75
    The most surprising thing about Michael Bay's much-anticipated, blockbuster-bound Transformers is how funny the movie is.
  8. A classic Michael Bay mega-movie. Interested in plot and character development? Move along. You're blocking the view.
  9. It's a heavy-metal opera with humor.
  10. Even more ridiculous than it sounds.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Yes, it's loud, explosive and silly, but it also perfectly embodies the concept of a summer blockbuster with its simple good-guys-vs.-bad-guys plot, cheeky humor and flawless special effects.
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    Grab some popcorn and make a pit stop, then sit back and enjoy it. You signed up for a movie about giant robots.
  13. The energy never lets up, and two committed, unfussy leading actors are an improvement over other summer flicks.
  14. 75
    LaBeouf is likable and grounded, two things you need from the lead in a film like this, although his female co-stars seem to have been cast based on how well their Maxim covers would sell.
  15. The whole thing is too giddy to be taken seriously and too much of a confection to leave much of a lasting impression. But for 140 minutes, at least, it should give non-fanboys at least an idea of what all the fuss is about.
  16. Just about everything connected to this movie is a tie-in, except for the popcorn. And even then I'm not too sure.
  17. 70
    Depending on your expectations for Transformers, rear-ending theaters this July 4th, you’ll either be ecstatic or horrified to learn that the movie hits on all three cylinders in convincing fashion.
  18. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    Transformers is mercilessly inhuman and completely hysterical from frame one.
  19. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    The final scene is pure teen wish fulfillment: Imagine making out with your girlfriend on the hood of your sentient Camaro, as your own personal robot bodyguard looks on fondly (all right, that part's a little creepy).
  20. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    For almost two hours of car chases and car wrecks and extraordinary animated transformation sequences that meld fluidly with live action, the welcome mat is out for Michael Bay's cheerfully dopey saga.
  21. It's a wonderfully playful experience.
  22. 70
    In previous movies, Michael Bay dabbled wearily in Homo sapiens. At last he has summoned the courage to admit that he has an exclusive crush on machines, and I congratulate him on creating, in Transformers, his first truly honest work of art.
  23. Bay, at heart, isn't a fantasist; he's a literal-minded maestro of demolition.
  24. The climax of Transformers contains all that is proficient and slick and all that is drecky and soulless in Bay's work.
  25. 63
    Partly impressive, partly inane buck-banging toy of a movie.
  26. 50
    Deafeningly loud and proudly silly epic.
  27. 50
    8-year-olds of all ages, prepare to storm the multiplex!
  28. A movie of epically assaultive noise and nonsense.
  29. 42
    Turns the franchise into a terrible '80s comedy.
  30. 40
    Transformers is about as clever as an unplugged blender.
  31. Transformers' multiple earthling story lines are tedious and oddly lifeless, doing little besides marking time until those big toys fill the screen.
  32. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film has just enough collisions to be a crashing bore.
  33. 38
    Louder, flashier, and more hollow than anything else out there.
  34. Not a movie, just one gigantic commercial for Hasbro.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 986 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 97 out of 472
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    With badass girls and impressive CGI, Transformers is a hell of a ride!
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    Michael Bay's Blockbuster "Transformers" has everything lock-n-loaded for the summer year; sexy chicks, transforming CGI vehicles, and explosions!!!
  3. Aug 20, 2010
    MICHEAL BAY DOES IT AGAIN!!! ... make another bad movie that is. you know your a bad director when people write songs on how bad your movies are ( see pearl Harbor) . id like too ad that im a huge fan of transformers from when i was a kid. i grew up waching the original tv show . i had very high hopes for this film . i even gave bay the benifite of the doubt . i thought he made 1 good movie with The Rock . surely the sun can smile on a dumb dogs ass twice . Alas he failed and Failed very epicly . lets start with the plot or lack there of or should i say lack of the main charicters you know the Transformers . this is there film after all not the shilo the stuttering prick movie . the transforers dont hardly apear in there film infact i think the dog in it has more lines then they do. they seem to be there only to be brought out to beat the hell out of each other inbetween shilo's stuttering , bad jokes , and him drooling over megan fox . which really makes the case giant transforming robots are more believable then that dip stick getting a girl like that . i mean giant transforming robots i can believe , shilo getting megan ... no. i know its alot of money to make the transformers come to life and all but is it really hard just to have them stand there and talk and get some charicter devolpment? i guess for bay it is not when theres **** to blow up and bad jokes to tell. also the changing of the over all plot in the tv show the transforers come to earth to serch for energy to save there dying world in the movie its coming to find the all spark . i mean really is the first option not doable? they couldnt stick abit more to the source material? this is why 99% of any thing made from a tv show , comic or video game sucks . why bother even making it if you are just gona abandon the source ? just go make some thing els simular and call it some thing els. people like to point out the how awsome the action is and its not bad atleast what you can actaully make out what the hell is going on . bay for some reason likes to do close ups . so close infact most of the action is to chaotic to make out what the hell is going on. the only 2 good things i can say about this film . 1 the special effects are pretty and 2 using peter cullen as the voice of optimus prime . every thing els is crap . im in shock spielberg sighned off on this . i think he must have gone insane Full Review »