Critics Have Not Been Kind To “Transformers”

The critics have torn Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” a new one with the new film posting the worst critical aggregate scores of the franchise.

To see how they compare on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, here’s the scores for each film in the series thus far:

Transformers – 57% (RT), 61% (MC)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – 19% (RT), 35% (MC)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 35% (RT), 42% (MC)
Transformers: Age of Extinction – 18% (RT), 32% (MC)
Transformers: The Last Knight – 17% (RT), 30% (MC)

Paramount Pictures enforced an embargo on both reviews and reaction until 7pm on Tuesday night U.S. time – the same hour the first public screenings of the film began. Amongst some of the more choice quotes:

“There is no redemption to be found here, only suffering.” – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

“Transformers: The Last Knight comes in at 149 minutes, and each of those minutes lasts as long as the reign of Charlemagne.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Boggles the mind with its stupefying plot and throw spaghetti on the wall visuals. It is about as Michael Bay a film Michael Bay could Michael Bay. It is nonsense.” – Matthew Pejkovic, Matt’s Movie Reviews

“Megatrash as only Bay can make it, this represents some of the most inane drivel ever to (dis)grace the screen-and an obscene waste of money to boot.” – Frank Swietek, One Guy’s Opinion

“Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t so much a film as it is a catalogue of everything wrong with western civilization.” – William Bibbiani, CraveOnline

“Transformers: The Last Knight is an incomprehensible pile of scrap. Luckily, there’s an upside — you’ll forget every single stupid frame of this thing the moment you walk out of the theatre. – Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

“Freed of concerns like plausibility or story, you can simply gape in wonder at the ruthlessly thunderous images in front of you. Maybe that’s the feeling of brain cells dying a painful, anguished death” – Jake Coyle, Associated Press

“Watching an actor of Hopkins’ caliber swear at his robo-butler and attempt to wring out laughs by uttering the word “dude” is painful — even for a Transformers movie.” – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

“Even with the low bar set by Michael Bay’s previous Transformers movies, The Last Knight stands apart as an incoherent, disjointed work of visual anarchy, fanboy fantasy, mirthless mayhem and emo-starved characters.” – Dann Gire, Chicago Daily Herald

“To be fair, The Last Knight is about 15 minutes shorter than its predecessor. But it still somehow manages to feel even longer.” – Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is now in cinemas everywhere.