"Transformers: The Lost Knight" reviews are still pouring in, so it's not official, but it looks like the sequel is on track to becoming the worst reviewed installment of the blockbuster franchise.
At the moment, the fifth "Transformers" movie holds a 16 percent approval rating from critics counted, so far, on Rotten Tomatoes. Only 13 out of 80 reviews were deemed "fresh," which means a lot more "rotten" reviews could pop up by Friday and the approval rating will plummet, or perhaps more positive reviews could boost it to match or surpass the 18 percent approval rating 2014's "Revenge of the Fallen" received. "two-and-a-half hours of racist robot torture" as well as an "incoherent mess."
"Unless audiences have suddenly grown weary of the decades-old property upon which it's based, 'The Last Knight' seems destined to continue the series' multiplex supremacy, considering it serves up even more of the very nonsense that made its prior outings such gargantuan hits. So sure of its everything-in-your-face-now ethos that it doesn't even wait until mid-credits (à la Marvel) to provide its sequel-teasing stinger, 'Transformers: The Last Knight' tramples cinematic technique and etiquette with reckless abandon, a monument to Hollywood “awesomeness” in all its unholy forms. Look upon it, and despair."
"Anyone capable of explaining the near-incomprehensible storyline deserves a prize of some sort ... The sprawling action includes a flashback depicting the Transformers battling Nazis and an explosive battle at Stonehenge that keeps you on the edge of your seat with concern for the ancient stones. And while there's no shortage of large-scale set pieces, the storyline provides so many opportunities for attempts at droll humor, most of it involving Hopkins' dotty character, that the proceedings start to resemble drawing-room comedy. It's all an overstuffed mess, but that was true of the previous entries as well, and audiences obviously don't seem to mind."
"Get to the fifth installment of a film series, especially a sci-fi action one with a reputation for mindless bloat, and you can generally assume you'll be looking at the franchise's most dreadful offering yet. But — surprise — the fifth “Transformers” movie, “The Last Knight,” is far from the worst in this continuing experiment in noisy nonsense based on Hasbro toys. That is thanks largely to two words: Anthony Hopkins."
"You would think that after five attempts, Michael Bay would eventually figure out how to make a coherent Transformers movie. Apparently not. I challenge anyone — including this film's four writers — to explain the story of Transformers: The Last Knight, how the characters get from point A to point B, and why any of it matters. I maintain that it cannot be done. Either this movie is dumb or I am."
"How's the old joke go? Oh, yes: Man visits a lunatic asylum, sees one of the inmates repeatedly hitting himself on the head with a hammer. 'Why are you doing that?' he asks. The lunatic replies, 'Because it feels so good when I stop.' That's a surprisingly on-point description of what it's like to watch “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Two and a half hours of being hit on the head with a hammer and it feels really good when it stops. Also, you'd have to be a lunatic to pay for the experience."
"There are a few action sequences of shocking coherence in 'Transformers: The Last Knight,' the fifth of Michael Bay's clang-clang-clang-went-the-robot adventures, but fear not, fans of the franchise: if you're here for the director's trademark chaos editing (where fights go from points A to D to Q), toxic masculinity (and female objectification), comedy scenes rendered tragic (and vice versa), and general full-volume confusion, you'll get all those things in abundance."
"It's dizzying at first, then exhilarating, then nauseating, and then, finally, numbing. At one point during the big climactic showdown, I realized I'd stopped even trying to process what was happening in front of me. There didn't seem to be any point. The crashing noises and flashing lights would continue with or without my attention."