For a movie that you'd think would have been slaughtered by the critical elite, TRANSFORMERS wasn't as lambasted as I would've thought. Check these blurbs:
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's goofy fun with a lot of stuff that blows up real good, and it has the grace not only to realize how preposterous it is, but to make that into an asset."
Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"The effects are put to brilliant use. ...Bay even allows the humans their humanness, too -- elsewhere, John Turturro and Anthony Anderson are very funny in smallish parts, and [Julie] White steals the movie."
Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Though it's at least 20 minutes too long and uneven dramatically, the acting is sharp, and it features some of the most spectacular action and effects sequences of any movie of its kind."
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"... a screeching metal, smash-and-crash, extreme-action movie lover's dream come true. It's also a wildly absurd, visceral fantasy and far more fun than it ought to be."
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great special effects + Shia LaBeouf - flimsy story = lotsa fun."
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"While Bay succeeds in creating a seamless mix of computer-generated effects with live-action, the real treat of his film is the flesh-and-blood LaBeouf. He is LaBomb."
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"In Bay's world, which is more about metal than people, every action sequence must be edited like a cinematic seizure and every extreme-telephoto image must be jammed headlong into the next."
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Transformers is way better than anyone could have expected from Michael Bay, the director who gave us Armageddon and Pearl Harbor."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"This is one fun summer movie. Totally ridiculous. Big and loud. Senseless. Campy and dumb. But great fun."
Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"To paraphrase Montgomery Burns: I'm no art critic, but I know what I hate...and I didn't hate Transformers."