Critics Consensus

Transformers: The Last Knight Has Neither the Touch Nor the Power

Plus, The Big Sick and GLOW Season 1 are Certified Fresh.

by | June 22, 2017 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we’ve got Michael Bay (allegedly) bidding farewell to the blockbuster Transformers saga with its fifth installment (Transformers: The Last Knight, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins). What are the critics saying?


Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) 16%


The Transformers toy line was all about delivering fun that was “more than meets the eye,” but the live-action films it’s spawned have focused on visual thrills above all else — to their continued critical detriment and vast financial gain. It’s obviously too soon to tell what the box office holds for the fifth installment in the series, but as far as the critics are concerned, this weekend’s Transformers: The Last Knight offers more of the same; instead of serving up relatable characters or a compelling, sensible story, it races from one boffo, CGI-driven set piece to the next, using Anthony Hopkins and Merlin the Wizard to continue building the franchise’s vast alien robot mythology. Judging from the way the past Transformers features have performed, that’s just fine with audiences — and if you’ve enjoyed the Michael Bay-helmed saga thus far, there’s little reason to expect your mileage will vary much this time out. Plan accordingly, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.


What’s New on TV

GLOW: Season 1 (2017) 95%

With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017) , a dramatic look at traditional gender roles in Iran through one woman’s battle to maintain control of her life, is at 100 percent.
  • Nowhere To Hide (2017) , a documentary taking viewers inside a family’s harrowing experiences in a war-torn area of Iraq, is at 100 percent.
  • Paulina (La patota) (2017) , about a woman’s dangerous uphill battle to do relief work in a poverty-stricken indigenous community, is at 100 percent.
  • The Big Sick (2017) , starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan as a couple whose budding relationship is complicated by cultural concerns and a life-threatening illness, is Certified Fresh at 97 percent.
  • Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) , a documentary look at the dangers facing the Fourth Estate in modern America, is at 94 percent.
  • In Pursuit of Silence (2017) , a documentary about noise’s impact on modern life and the potential value of seeking out silence, is at 94 percent.
  • The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) , about a man who faces death — among other things — during a grueling trek through the wilderness, is at 83 percent.
  • The Beguiled (2017) , about the sexually charged chaos that erupts when a Civil War soldier is taken in by the residents of a Southern girls’ school, is at 73 percent.
  • The Bad Batch (2017) , about a woman kidnapped by cannibals in a lawless wasteland, is at 45 percent.

Tag Cloud

TNT crime thriller sitcom Creative Arts Emmys zombie RT History comiccon Grammys DC Universe justice league Martial Arts spy thriller composers adventure supernatural Christmas Dark Horse Comics CBS All Access cats Box Office CBS golden globes sports Pop VH1 DirecTV diversity Nat Geo Ellie Kemper biography Esquire NYCC Sneak Peek Nickelodeon Syfy Super Bowl GLAAD vampires Opinion Musicals Podcast ABC Family Premiere Dates Certified Fresh CNN OWN thriller President Fantasy TLC Lifetime Polls and Games Marathons Schedule Spike Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Awards Nominations ITV Food Network Election Hulu BET Year in Review Thanksgiving Britbox LGBTQ TruTV Holidays Extras Showtime 2015 Acorn TV Spring TV MSNBC Netflix Marvel ratings Pirates Teen ESPN historical drama TBS AMC Winter TV X-Men Musical Watching Series TCA Interview transformers Logo 007 Fall TV TCM what to watch Animation police drama PBS Amazon Photos politics romance Rom-Com Star Trek Masterpiece Calendar MTV 45 Paramount Network cooking Adult Swim Tomatazos crime Oscars Best and Worst Drama FXX USA Sundance Mystery First Look Cosplay DC Comics Fox News Universal Disney Channel Star Wars based on movie Character Guide science fiction Toys USA Network boxoffice The CW Kids & Family binge Reality Competition TV E! History Freeform Red Carpet Infographic technology dramedy aliens Mindy Kaling Mary Tyler Moore Music dceu docudrama ABC singing competition Comedy 21st Century Fox Lionsgate YA war FOX Paramount Cartoon Network SDCC Warner Bros. Western SundanceTV Action period drama Starz GoT Pixar A&E GIFs Countdown BBC America Writers Guild of America serial killer cinemax Disney Bravo Video Games Emmys Rock psycho WGN 2016 Sundance Now Comedy Central El Rey CMT Tumblr TIFF Crackle Horror discovery See It Skip It harry potter Winners HBO cops Superheroes dc 24 frames Trivia Sci-Fi political drama crime drama TCA 2017 VICE NBC APB E3 social media BBC TV Land talk show The Arrangement Reality Rocky Country FX Summer 2017 Ghostbusters Biopics Valentine's Day medical drama PaleyFest Trailer Comic Book travel IFC American Society of Cinematographers Set visit