- Hank Sartin, Time Out, November 18, 2011
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, November 17, 2011
For the bot-neutral rest of us, two-and-a-half hours of mostly incoherent special effects may be a bit much.
- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, October 18, 2008
I challenge you to name another movie about an alien robot come to save the world while disguised as a yellow Camaro. Isn't it just an intergalactic Herbie the Love Bug?
- Kyle Smith, New York Post, July 31, 2007
It's a big, cool, dopey, noisy, non-stop action powerhouse. It's also too long by a half hour and it left my ears ringing, but it's a lot of fun.
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, July 16, 2007
With Transformers, director Michael Bay has once again claimed the year's top honors for loud, stupid filmmaking.
- Rex Reed, New York Observer, July 11, 2007
The action sequences are so turgid it's sometimes hard to tell which 'bot is doing what, but with Bay steadily hurling fireworks you won't really pause much to think about that, or about how truly inane the story is.
- David Germain, Associated Press, July 11, 2007
Not a movie, just one gigantic commercial for Hasbro.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, July 11, 2007
The film's hurtling visuals and snappy pace (even at two-plus hours) allow many a postmodernist to escape overreaching tendencies.
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, July 07, 2007
Divorced from reality, even movie reality, Transformers becomes an action film in traction. Its relentless product placement makes it seem like a 2hr. 22min. General Motors commercial. And the film has just enough collisions to be a crashing bore.
- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, July 06, 2007
The welcome mat is out for Michael Bay's cheerfully dopey saga inspired by the popular shape-shifting toys from the '80s.
- Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal, July 05, 2007
What keeps Transformers watchable is LaBeouf and the computerized effects, which are often startling. When Sam's Camaro muscles up into the Bumblebee bot, it's like watching every boy's fantasy of his first pair of wheels.
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, July 05, 2007
Transformers is the comic-book movie on steroids, a fusion of sound and fury and sci-fi plotting that leaves plenty of room for a franchise.
- Mike Pearson, Denver Rocky Mountain News, July 03, 2007
This is a movie to see on the big screen.
- Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News, July 03, 2007
The whole movie has a lightness of tone, an affection for its own cheesiness.
- Dana Stevens, Slate, July 03, 2007
Bay, at heart, isn't a fantasist; he's a literal-minded maestro of demolition. But then, that serves Transformers well during its climax, a spectacular clash of the heavy metal titans, and a primal reminder of why boys love their toys.
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, July 03, 2007
The illusion is shattered whenever the 'bots start talking or the action stops. Bay tries to gloss over the infantile plot, but it would take a lighter, wittier touch to square the movie's pedestrian script.
- Tom Charity, CNN.com, July 02, 2007
Above all, Transformers is the biggest-budget kaiju movie of all time...one of those Godzilla Versus Other Monster-Suit Guys Trashing Mini-Tokyo flicks. Only with robots
- Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly, July 05, 2007
No one should be expecting much from Michael Bay except fast pacing and decently choreographed explosions. With Transformers, he doesn't even make it that far.
- Tasha Robinson, AV Club, July 03, 2007
Thank god the Transformers speak primarily in proper nouns--if they hadn't shouted "Optimus! Megatron!" every time they struck a blow, I'd have no idea what was happening.
- Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, June 23, 2009