Parents' Guide to

Transformers: Age of Extinction

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Occasional thrills can't save plodding, messy sequel.

Movie PG-13 2014 166 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 13+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 13+

Crass and much too long...

First, at 166 min. this movie becomes a relentless cacophony of violence that results in mind numbing boredom. "What? Another climactic battle? There have been two already!", said my son. Had it been edited down to 110-120min. with just a touch more character depth, it would have rivaled a good Marvel movie. Second, and like the others in the franchise, it is entirely out of touch with the #metoo movement. There is a moment of overt sexism at nearly every break in the violence. Further, the primary female character is largely portrayed as a sex object that can be strong in spite of being a woman, rather than because of it. Lastly, there is gratuitous use of crass language. I'm no language prude and have worked to teach my son that all language has value when used appropriately (I've always felt that the occasional well placed expletive has value). But in this movie, much of the foul language was not used to powerful dramatic or comedic effect, but feels like it was invoked as a lazy device to make the movie seem more mature than it really was.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24):
Kids say (81):

This movie is saddled with cliched dialogue, sexist and stereotypical characterizations, and an overlong plot that never seems to end. Michael Bay is known as an overconfident director of mega-budget action films. While he admittedly has the technical skills to make the genre occasionally thrilling with his signature use of slow-mo shots during fast-paced battle sequences, there are really only a few moments when a discerning audience will feel they got their money's worth in this latest, ridiculous installment. Otherwise, unless you're a tween/teen, it's probable you'll end up rolling your eyes through the bulk of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Let's not even harp on Reynor's terrible Irish accent (the screenwriter should have just made him Australian, since the Aussie actor's Irishness was only brought up once), on the gratuitous but predictable shots of women's bodies (every female character looks like a model and wears tight or revealing clothes), or on the laughable plot developments that reduce all Chinese characters into martial arts experts and all political employees into either hacks or traitors. In the end, the run time tells it all. With very few exceptions, action movies have no business being nearly three hours long. At least Tucci looks like he's having a blast playing a Steve Jobs-like innovator, and the friendly Autobots will be met with applause. But even a few admittedly awesome, jump-worthy action moments can't save this from being yet another hugely expensive but ultimately mediocre installment in a franchise that just needs to end.

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