Earth is again caught in the middle when the resurrection of an ancient Transformer appears to turn the tide against the Autobots in their longstanding war with the evil Decepticons.
" I miraculously survived a preview screening with a throbbing headache and slight nausea; others may not be so lucky. "
" It's a momentous achievement and it will make untold amounts of money and you should see it even though it's hateful and empty and preaches the worst kind of reactionary violence without even really meaning it. "
" The biggest casualties in this third installment of the robot franchise from director Michael Bay are storytelling and character development. "
" At 157 minutes, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" isn't just a movie. It's a sentence. "
" Marveling at its grotesque gigantism doesn't make this two-and-a-half-hour-long movie any less dull. "
" Fine actors like John Turturro and John Malkovich are encouraged to strip-mine the scenery. Frances McDormand, playing a government bigwig, can now rest content knowing she has given the worst performance of her career. (Not her fault, either.) "
" Rarely has a movie had less of a soul and less interesting characters. "
" Despite its manifest improvements, there is something so sour and unpleasant about the new film that it left me almost nostalgic for the innocent idiocies of its predecessor. "
" Bay provides his usual Bayisms: bloated close-ups, manly slo-mo, visual hyperbole and glamour shots of a hot babe standing amid the wreckage. "
" The third outing for a herd of toys that should have stayed in their boxes. "
" If you're going to make a movie in which some of your stars are animated toys and much of downtown Chicago is reduced to rubble, this is the way to do it: shamelessly, with no expense spared and no cliche avoided. "
" Easily the best Transformers of the series, Dark of the Moon is everything that's boisterous and lively about our big studio cinema. "
" Between Bay's obsession to make his 3-D matter and the artistry of the special effects legions amassed for the project, the visual payoff is striking. "
" One can argue that summer is built for spectacle. Now if only it could be truly spectacular, too. "
" Shot by shot, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, like all of Bay's work, has a meticulous commercial sheen that's distinctive and beautiful, but he never lingers on any one of them for long, and they rarely make sense in sequence. "
" The more action sequences, locations, actors, historical events, machines, effects, monosyllables, weapons, and American-flag close-ups the movie shoves in its mouth and ours, the less we're able to taste. "
" It's a lousy movie, but at least it's a lousy movie with a serviceable story, killer CGI and an action climax that goes on forever (at least an hour). "
" Watching Transformers: Dark of the Moon makes you die a little inside. Is this the future of movies? God help us! Michael Bay, you've done it again. "
" For good or ill, Bay is the soul of a new machine, the poet of post-human cinema, the CEO of Hollywood's military-entertainment complex. "
" OK, I'll admit it -- this is hard -- the big silly thing is sort of great. "
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