Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It's all about the sheer visceral rush of mega action.
  4. 80
    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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The energy never lets up, and two committed, unfussy leading actors are an improvement over other summer flicks.
  8. 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.
  9. A classic Michael Bay mega-movie. Interested in plot and character development? Move along. You're blocking the view.
  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. 75
    The most surprising thing about Michael Bay's much-anticipated, blockbuster-bound Transformers is how funny the movie is.
  13. It's a heavy-metal opera with humor.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  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
    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.
  18. It's a wonderfully playful experience.
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 70
    Transformers is mercilessly inhuman and completely hysterical from frame one.
  22. 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.
  23. Bay, at heart, isn't a fantasist; he's a literal-minded maestro of demolition.
  24. 63
    Partly impressive, partly inane buck-banging toy of a movie.
  25. The climax of Transformers contains all that is proficient and slick and all that is drecky and soulless in Bay's work.
  26. 50
    Deafeningly loud and proudly silly epic.
  27. A movie of epically assaultive noise and nonsense.
  28. 8-year-olds of all ages, prepare to storm the multiplex!
  29. 42
    Turns the franchise into a terrible '80s comedy.
  30. Transformers' multiple earthling story lines are tedious and oddly lifeless, doing little besides marking time until those big toys fill the screen.
  31. 40
    Transformers is about as clever as an unplugged blender.
  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 1153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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. OptimusPrime
    Nov 18, 2007
    Mr. Tea, your IQ's dropping steadily because you rated this film so low! I saw this 2 times and the second time it was as action-packed, Mr. Tea, your IQ's dropping steadily because you rated this film so low! I saw this 2 times and the second time it was as action-packed, entertaining and thrilling as the first time (which by the way was amazing)! Everything you would want in a movie Full Review »