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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slightly better than No. 2 but still crude and very violent.

Movie PG-13 2011 154 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 53 parent reviews

age 13+
age 13+

A little bit better than Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

My rating: PG-13 for Non-stop action, violence and language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (53 ):
Kids say (143 ):

It's not likely to be the movie of the summer like the original in 2007, but if you've got a teen boy, it's going to be a must-see nonetheless. The target audience for Transformers: Dark of the Moon probably doesn't care whether it's good or not; they just want their fix of Michael Bay's signature explosions, metal-on-metal battles, and scantily clad damsels in distress. More discerning audiences, however, will be slightly reassured that this installment is better than the awful Revenge of the Fallen; for one, there's less offensive material (although there are still some squicky lines, like when Mrs. Witwicky muses whether her son's got some hidden "skills" that are responsible for him landing two such "world-class hotties" as girlfriends), and secondly, you might not want to leave 20 minutes into the movie.

But just because this "threequel" is mediocre rather than horrible doesn't make it worth two-and-a-half hours of an audience's time. It's laughable (when will screenwriters realize that a woman can't run for her life in stilettos?) and in desperate need of a merciless editor (this isn't an epic like The Lord of the Rings, so there's no need for it to be over two hours). The best part is seeing McDormand and pal John Turturro joke with each other on what was probably the easiest acting job of their careers. Of course, young boys will get a kick out of the Transformer battles, the space-race history lesson, and living vicariously through Sam (whom every male -- human or Transformer -- calls "lucky" for having the babelicious girl on his arm).

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