Every Transformers Movie Ranked From Worst to Best
Later this week, the 5th (gulp) Transformers movie from Michael Bay will be coming to theaters. Whether or not you’ve hated these films, they continue to make money both in the United States and overseas in absurd quantities, almost guaranteeing that new installments in the franchise will be made until those box office numbers start to dwindle. But until that glorious day comes, let’s take a look at how the Michael Bay Transformers films stack up to each other:
#5: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
I struggle calling this a movie. Honestly, it’s closer to an advertisement for Bud Light or Oreos.
Ditched is Shia LaBeouf for Mark Wahlberg and others. Unfortunately, we are given the worst of Michael Bay’s cringy dialogue between actors that appear to have no idea what they’re doing. The film even stops dead in its tracks to discuss child sex laws in an attempt at a joke. Like the others Transformers films, the run time of the film is bloated by completely annoying, frustratingly tedious melodrama. Michael Bay has never had a grasp for being an “actor’s director,” causing the characters to act bizarre since they don’t know the context of the scene.
What makes Transformers: Age of Extinction horrendous is its complete lack of intelligence. The final act takes place in Beijing only to gain a better international box office for the film while including the 4th McGuffin to the franchise in which we have zero understanding.
If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a completely incomprehensible plot that’s just plain annoying, not to mention that the Dinobots were the big draw for the film and were only on screen for all of about five minutes.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 18%
Metacritic Score: 32
MovieBabble Score: F
#4: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
After the disaster that was Age of Extinction, Michael Bay and company created a writers’ room to come up with new ideas for the franchise that would seem fresh and inventive. However, The Last Knight gave us more of the same.
We have yet another attempt by Cybertron to terraform Earth into a new planet for a crop of Transformers to take over. However, our “heroes” uncover another plot device that can stop it. You can also count on another round of downright atrocious humor and dialogue between the characters that’ll make you wish that the film ends long before it gets close to the final act.
The most damning negative against The Last Knight, however, is how lazy the entire production feels. There’s an incredibly cynical attitude that’s ever-present throughout the film, mocking moviegoers for seeing the film. It’s as if the executives behind the film said, “We know that this movie is terrible, but it doesn’t matter because people will see it anyway.”
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 15%
Metacritic Score: 27
MovieBabble Score: F
*To read my full review of Transformers: The Last Knight, please click here.
#3: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
After the massive success of the first film, everyone was clamoring for another Transformers film. But Revenge of the Fallen quickly quelled that desire.
It has all the usual Michael Bay-isms such as an absurd amount of slow-motion, firework explosions, and pervy shots of Megan Fox. However, this time around it has practically none of the fun and many, many more eye-rolling moments. Once again Michael Bay and company prove that they are completely tone deaf in how to stage a proper joke with moments such as Sam Witwicky’s mom eating a pot brownie, Devastator having robot balls, and John Tuturro in a thong.
Revenge of the Fallen failed to realize what everyone loved about the first film: the Transformers. This time around, we have to sit around and wait for insufferable human characters to simmer down before another bloating action scene can occur.
To top it all off, the film includes two horribly racist robots that simulate illiterate African-Americans.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 19%
Metacritic Score: 35
MovieBabble Score: F
#2: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Dark of the Moon can be characterized as a pure guilty pleasure. Continuing with the theme, the first half of the film is terribly boring due to annoying characters and painful jokes. Do we really want to see Sam Witwicky try to find a job in a film also containing robots as tall as skyscrapers? I certainly don’t think so.
However, after an hour and a half of inconsequential interpersonal drama and army jargon, the action picks up considerably and packs a wallop as all of Chicago is destroyed. Michael Bay is certainly an easy target for criticism, but the one thing you can never complain about is the visual experience that his films create. Once the destruction starts occurring, Dark of the Moon becomes much more watchable.
You will never find MovieBabble praising Dark of the Moon for being a good film, but you can absolutely sit back on a lazy day and let your brain cells melt away as giant robots punch each other.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 35%
Metacritic Score: 42
MovieBabble Score: C-
#1: Transformers (2007)
Referred to by many as “the good one,” Transformers has a more streamlined plot that allows for you to sit back and enjoy one of the most stereotypical “popcorn films” to ever come to the big screen. The difference between this film and the others in the franchise is that much better script that acts a base for the destruction. The other benefit? It lessens the Michael Bay-isms that plague the other films because Bay didn’t feel the necessity to improvise during production. Every beloved Michael Bay film has either a solid script or actors that are great at improvisation (or a combination of the two).
But that’s not to say that there aren’t those eye-rolling moments that run rampant in the other films. Does the camera linger too long on Megan Fox? Yes. Is there annoying dialogue attempting to be funny? You betcha. Are there racists remarks passed off as humor? Definitely.
The difference? There’s enough fun and thrills to compensate.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 57%
Metacritic Score: 61
MovieBabble Score: B
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