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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

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image via NY Daily News

#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

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image via The Telegraph

*To read my full review of Transformers: The Last Knight, please click here.

#3: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Ugh.

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.

Ugh indeed.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 19%

Metacritic Score: 35

MovieBabble Score: F

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image via Creators.co

#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-

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image via Collider

#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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image via icefilm.ru

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Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to provide insightful film analysis that is meant to educate and entertain. Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society.

19 Responses

  1. Dylan Langes says:

    I actually enjoy Dark Side of the Moon as a guilty pleasure. The action in it is awesome haha.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Hey I hear you there! I just wish the first half of the movie wasn’t so boring or else I might really like it lol

      • Dylan Langes says:

        I might just watch the last act this weekend. The story is dumb with Patrick Dempsey joining the Decepticons but that Chicago scene was awesome

      • Nick Kush says:

        Yes! Watching Chicago get obliterated is devishlishly good lol

  2. Jason says:

    I agree with most of this list. However, I would move Dark of the Moon to the worst. I hate that movie. I’ve only seeing it once and it was stupid. Plus, having Patrick Dempsey as a bad guy….come on!!!

    • Nick Kush says:

      Lol totally see your point there. Personally, I came out of this film with less of a migraine than 2 and 4 which makes me not hate it lol.

  3. I’m personally a huge fan for this. Probably one of the people that folks like you would want to stop going to see these so that it’d just flop and the franchise would stop. They are dumb and over the top and ridiculous in so many way. The third was the worst for myself. The fourth however is great mostly for the dinobots that should’ve been around more. Although, I also like it because it was filmed in Hong Kong, had some surprise faces from the Hong Kong film industry that I didn’t expect there and it was nice spending a good part of the movie trying to see which part was CGI Hong Kong and the real deal. 😉

    Great post!

  4. CalebRaves says:

    Not good when each movie is worse then the one that preceded it. Still a lot of great action tho.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’d have to agree there! Michael Bay definitely knows how to stage a great action scene.

    • jimbelton says:

      Nick’s second worst is actually the second film, so presumably the third was better. I liked the first, hated the second, and haven’t seen the others. Hard to believe anything could be worse than Dork of the Moon.

  5. raistlin0903 says:

    Honestly I am a huuuuggeee Transformers fan (it was my toy when I was young, and I have always enjoyed the cartoons immensely). The Michael Bay versions are totally different but enjoyable in their own way. Yes they are dumb movies, and at times make no sense whatsoever, but it’s just great entertainment when you are in the mood for something simple. I actually thought the second film was the worst of the franchise instead of part 4. Great post, hopefully part 5 will do it justice 😊

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