The first reviews for Transformers: The Last Knight have been largely bad, with the movie getting panned by critics.
The movie currently has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which described it as “Cacophonous, thinly plotted, and boasting state-of-the-art special effects.”
“… Bogged down in backstory, lacks a real feel for its characters and still can’t find a way to make its robot-on-robot action exhilarating,” is how the film is described by Empire.
It was also panned on IGN, with writer Gav Murphy particularly displeased with the movie’s run time. He writes: “A film primarily about good robots fighting naughty robots has no business being two hours and twenty-eight minutes long.”
Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, who made his debut in the franchise in The Last Knights, also received some criticism.
“Watching an actor of Hopkins’ calibre swear at his robo-butler and attempt to wring out laughs by uttering the word ‘dude’ is painful – even for a Transformers movie,” writes a critic from the New York Post.
Critic Roger Ebert wasn’t also mincing words with his review. He writes: “In between, there’s a bit of mythology, some running and screaming, a ton of slo-mo, a dash of racism, a great actor wasted in a character who could have been named “Exposition Dump,” and so much incoherent noise that you’ll want to bang your head on the seat in front of you just to get some rest.”
The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw is especially scathing, writing: “Like so many of Bay’s movies, it is a machine for converting your brain matter into soup.”
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