BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction

By Dr. Know on June 27th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction

via Rotten Tomatoes

Reviewing a Transformers movie is a bit like reviewing a toy. In fact, it’s exactly like reviewing a toy.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is nearly three %$^&%!!# hours, and they’re brain-freezing.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Vulture

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Well before it finished I was numb from its bludgeoning excess.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail
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This is as excruciating a movie as is likely to be experienced by anyone, anywhere.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: ReelViews

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The Transformers are brilliant, brave, world-conquering space travelers. Time to morph into something entertaining.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: USA Today

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Go if you must, but bring earplugs.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer
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There are some fun action moments scattered throughout, although they’re largely negated by a screenplay that somehow manages to be overstuffed yet still thin.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Aisle Seat

Aisle Seat

There has been a puzzling yet distinctive tonal shift in this new edition.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: The Australian

The Australian

Transformers: Age of Extinction, despite the hopeful ring of finality in the title, is merely another chapter in the saga, and far and away the worst one so far.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: National Post

National Post

Waaayyyy too long but not as bad as some are painting it to be. If this is your thing, what I, or other critics think, won’t matter anyway.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald

Tri-City Herald

[Compared to Michael Bay’s earlier work in Bad Boys and Armageddon], the Transformers films resemble out-of-control art school projects – crass without being remotely watchable, as if mocking the very notion of entertainment.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It’s almost impressive how Michael Bay figured out how to make robots fighting each other the antithesis of fun.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

Movie Mezzanine

Presumably there’s some kind of story going on here but director Michael Bay doesn’t seem all that interested in it so why should you be? But more often things just happen because EXPLOSIONS!

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: The Vine

The Vine

This isn’t as much entertainment as an attempt to beat the moviegoer into submission with repetitive action scenes and two-dimensional characters.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

Transformium, wow! Meant to be funny, but is really a whole lot of stupid.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: MovieWeb

Occasional thrills can’t save plodding, messy sequel.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media

The worst part is, with a semi-capable script and a more focused delivery, Michael Bay could have had a pretty stellar Transformers movie, instead of yet another Bay-splosion filled bit of clunky chaos.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: We Got This Covered

We Got This Covered

“You can’t keep spending money on junk to make new junk!” Tanned teen Tessa pleads with her pops. Clearly, she doesn’t realize she’s in a Michael Bay movie…

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle

Apparently these days all movies have to be dark, grim, joyless, and not allowed to be fun just for the sake of entertaining an audience. I loved every moment of this big, dumb, over the top extravaganza. It’s why Summer Blockbusters exist.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine

Eclipse Magazine

This tepid fourth installment is actually an improvement over 2011’s ridiculous Dark of the Moon entry. But that’s like saying the flu is better than pneumonia. Either way, a high threshold for pain is required.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Us Weekly

Us Weekly

Congratulations, Denise Richards; you’re no longer the most laughable movie scientist of all time.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Houston Press

Houston Press

It’s just noise, color and movement. It’s like a “Baby Einstein” video for teens, but infinitely louder and dumber. And so very, very long.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

Combustible Celluloid

Transformers: Age of Extinction oversimplifies and stupefies what was already a dumbed down formula for a successful summer action blockbuster.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com

Examiner.com

A pummeling, two hour and 45 minute assault that essentially dares the audience to keep track of what’s happening.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: The Verge

The Verge

Action can be exciting. But chaos gets boring fast.

June 27, 2014Full Review Source: San Diego Reader

San Diego Reader

 

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