Why critics say ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is ‘2017’s most toxic movie’

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“Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth movie in Michael Bay’s already critically maligned franchise, is out this week, and the reviews aren’t looking good.

The movie has a 15% rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and critics are having a field day with their creatively harsh criticisms of what might be the worst movie in the franchise and one of the worst movies of the year.

Critics agree that the story is hard to follow and that it’s just not as much fun as the previous films, and some critics say it seems as if Bay just doesn’t particularly care anymore.

Here are some of the things critics are saying about “Transformers: The Last Knight”:


The story is so complex that it’s impossible to explain or comprehend.

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“I am not going to try to explain the story – after watching this movie I may never try to explain another story ever again.” –Observer

“A movie that is at once loud yet incoherent, complex yet idiotic, and expensive yet worthless.” –Star-Telegram

“Either this movie is dumb or I am.” –ScreenCrush


It makes other bad movies look good.

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“2017’s Most Toxic Movie” –Rolling Stone

“Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. This one makes the summer’s other blockbuster misfires look like masterpieces.” –Rolling Stone


It feels like Michael Bay no longer cares if the movies in this franchise are any good.

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“Perhaps the most dispiriting thing about this entry in this already-quite-dispiriting franchise is that Bay does not particularly seem to care one way or another this time.” –Paste

“Michael Bay is back with another mammoth budget to throw at the screen in the latest Transformers monstrosity.” –The Independent


It’s a waste of Sir Anthony Hopkins.

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“At one point Sir Anthony Hopkins (‘Remains of the Day,’ ‘Shadowlands’) says: ‘What a bitchin’ ride.’ That’s all you need know.” –Concrete Playground


The few intriguing parts of the film are too brief.

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“All the best moments in the movie – pure images, devoid of symbol and, for that matter, nearly empty of sense – go by too fast, are held too briefly, are developed too little.” –The New Yorker


While the other “Transformers” movies aren’t great, they’ve at least been fun and exciting to watch. “The Last Knight” isn’t.

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“Michael Bay’s Transformers films have been many things, but until now they’ve never been boring.” –ComingSoon

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