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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Toys come to life in big, boomy explosion fest.

Movie PG-13 2007 144 minutes
Transformers Poster Image: Three Transformers' faces above the movie title; three humans underneath

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age 11+

Based on 55 parent reviews

age 8+

Campy action is fun, not very realistic.

I don't remember exactly how old I was when I saw this movie the first time, but I know for a fact I was under ten. I was a pretty sensitive kid back then, but I don't remember anything in this movie upsetting me. I had a great time. Violence: Human soldiers are disintegrated by alien robots in several scenes. One sequence briefly depicts a man being impaled by a blade, several people are killed when large, throwing star styled discs are launched into their chests. Humans are shown using real guns in a variety of situations, but never against other humans. Some of the Titular giant robots are killed or injured, losing limbs or even being decapitated. Being completely mechanical, this isn't particularly shocking, but they do groan in pain, and glowing blue fluid flows from their injuries much like blood would from a human. Sexuality: While the female lead is depicted as competent, and honestly braver the main protagonist at times; she is also almost always wearing very short shorts, and has her midriff exposed. Consumerism: The film is based off of a toy line, which also sold action figures inspired by the movie. When I was young I didn't really buy any of them, but I'm sure some kids did. The film never really feels like a commercial, but it was clearly produced because Hasbro wanted to move more stock. Positive messages: There is a general message about self sacrifice throughout the film. The protagonist risks his life for the greater good, and the primary robot character offers to sacrifice his own life to save the world. The phrase "No sacrifice, no victory" is used to convey the moral of the story. Language: "Damn" "Hell" "What would Jesus do?" single use of the word "M***terbation" Positive Role Models: The heroes are portrayed as honorable and selfless. Unfortunately, both of the black characters are really only there for comic relief, and feel slightly stereotypical.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
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age 12+

Be warned: You WILL get asked “What does m******** mean?”

Be warned: if your kids don’t already know, you are 100% guaranteed to be asked “What does ‘masturbating’ mean?” I wish we had known this before we sat down to watch the film with our 9 and 12 year old daughters. We had not planned to discuss the concept of masturbation with our 9 year old just yet, and would have preferred the infantile director Michael Bay not be the one to force our hands on that point. If he’d been sitting on the couch with us when that scene came up I would have turned to him and very politely given him a solid sock on the jaw for taking that choice out of our hands, (Yes, the CS review does mention the use of the word in passing, but that does not convey how foregrounded the moment is. Not something that has any chance of passing over a kid’s head, unlike some of the other language in the film.) Beyond that, what is there to say, other than that Transformers is about as dumb as a film can get. Plus it’s insanely long. So long, in fact, that my kids were starting to zone out at what was ostensibly the most exciting part of the film. Tedious beyond belief. And sexist, a little racist. Feels like it was written and directed by an adolescent boy who just discovered girls.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (55 ):
Kids say (174 ):

Big and boomy, this toy-based movie skimps on plot and character development, instead focusing on its decidedly spectacular explosions. Though the opening voice-over offers a cursory backstory, it hardly matters why these giant robots have come to Earth. The point is much simpler: They blow stuff up. Just keep in mind that Transformers is most likely too intense for the kids who are the most interested in playing with Transformers toys.

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