Bumblebee Reviews

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December 22, 2018
The special effects surrounding these robots' radical changes isn't as wow-inducing as it was 11 years ago, but at least Bumblebee tries to tell a story while it employs them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 18, 2018
Bumblebee exudes some of the tediousness of a reformed sinner who decries hedonism, trying hard to convince us that it now believes in something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 4, 2019
The sixth instalment in the Transformers movie series is the best yet, but that is not saying very much because of the low bar set by the other five.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 17, 2018
Bumblebee may sport a thoughtful character arc and a throwback vibe, but it's not meaningfully different than the other five entries in the Transformers series.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 21, 2018
After the cacophonous abomination that was Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, I suppose the mere whiff of competency smells good in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2018
[Knight] replaces Bay's occasionally enticing flair with a series of ... uninteresting visual and storytelling choices that have been seemingly dictated by ... focus groups.
December 20, 2018
While there are elements here that work, including Steinfeld's impressive performance as a formidably sullen teen, it's still, at heart, just another damn Transformers movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 18, 2018
For his live-action debut, Knight slips into Bay boomboom mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2018
Finds a little charm in going back to the story's children's entertainment roots -- just not a lot of entertainment
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2018
113 minutes (and feels longer) of a lukewarm, John Hughes-ified clone of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 31, 2018
Where the Bay "Transformers" movies alternated between ecstasy and dullness, "Bumblebee" is consistently middling.
January 11, 2019
...a mildly watchable, geared-towards-small-children diversion that could (and should) have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2018
While Bumblebee has evidently been designed as a film that adults and children can enjoy on different levels, this risks leaving both somewhat unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 26, 2018
If only not being terrible was the same as being good; Bumblebee is still just reheated nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 29, 2018
I suppose after a steady diet of moldy-green, one-month-old bread, even a bite of slightly stale, one-week-old bread would taste delicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 26, 2018
A frustrating joy ride. It'd be twice as good if it was half as long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2019
At last: a "Transformers" movie with the humor and heart of the source material.
January 3, 2019
In what feels like a reboot Knight takes the character of Bumblebee and crafts an immensely satisfying, heartfelt film that the entire family will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 17, 2018
An absolute charmer. This is the best Transformers movie to date, and Hailee Steinfeld's best role. Little kids - and people who were Transformers fans as little kids - will especially love this.
December 21, 2018
Basically just good enough to let us forgive all of the Transformers films since the '86 original. Hailee Steinfeld carries it as the best human lead in the films yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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