Paramount Pictures Transformers: The Last Knight

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

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3.8


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 121 expert reviews, the Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures Transformers: The Last Knight placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
3.1
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
5.2
120,222 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
“The Last Night” lands a lot of good laughs with its cartoonish robots and equally over-the-top chemistry between its two leads.
- Indie Wire
Working with John Wick cinematographer Jonathan Sela, Bay does bring a proper sense of grand blockbuster scale to The Last Knight with his camera angles and shot choices, as well as a dynamic sensibility to the proceedings in general.
- Screen Rant
Where Bay does impress though is his massive set pieces involving the humans. One particularly exciting action sequence involves Wahlberg running up a fallen space station which is being attacked not only by Decepticons but by giant tidal waves too.
- IGN
Stanley Tucci (one of Age of Extinction’s saving graces) thankfully returns in a brief alternative role, bringing a much-needed injection of funny that’s a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the mostly mean-spirited humour.
- Games Radar
As a visual spectacle, Transformers: The Last Knight certainly delivers. It's got the sexy sports cars driving fast and the massive robots blowing things up.
- Cinema Blend
It’s difficult to think of another film in recent memory where the director and writers have displayed such naked cynicism. Yes, the VFX and stunt coordination is all spectacular, as we’d expect from a film of this scale.
- Den of Geek
Although the fifth Transformers flick is mostly a random, ongoing cacophony of destruction, there are moments of bravery and heroism. One character declares that "without personal sacrifice, there can be no victory." Someone else suggests that we all can be heroes if we have the fortitude to step forward in a crisis.
- Plugged In
What experts didn't like
Action scenes are poorly choreographed, dialogue is weaker than ever, and plot twists make no sense. At one point, the leads are on a submarine and I couldn’t for the life of me tell you why. Not only is it transparent that no one involved bothered with the plot—Wahlberg has never given such a lazy performance as he does here—but the editing and effects are stunningly shoddy. There’s no geography to any of the scenes, so you can’t tell what the heck is happening. This film does not have a single memorable action sequence in it.
- Roger Ebert
Bay’s genuine determination to give you a good time still doesn’t result in fun. Overlong, overstuffed and soulless, for fans who grew up with Optimus and Co, The Last Knight will sting like a bee.
- Empire
The impenetrable fifth film in the franchise proves that director Michael Bay has run out of ideas. Despite the fact that Bay employs his usual technique of having characters shout descriptions of what is happening on the screen (sample dialogue: “Oh my God, look at that, it’s a big alien ship!”), the plot is a car crash of impenetrable stupidity.
- The Guardian
The craziest thing about the movie is that it practically dares audiences to grow anxious while watching its restless, bloated contents, and keeps tossing out shiny nuggets of entertainment to cloak from the overwhelming ridiculousness in spectacle.
- Indie Wire
Sorry to say, The Last Knight is not all that successful at being either of those things. Transformers: The Last Knight has a deeper mythos and bigger spectacle than its predecessors, yet still ends up being mostly hollow and cacophonous.
- Screen Rant
One of the main issues with the characters in The Last Knight is that they don’t just act the way they’re feeling, they announce almost every single mood they have out loud despite it being blatantly obvious. So when Stanley Tucci shows up three sheets to the wind, it’s not enough that he’s swerving from side to side on his horse like a Tom & Jerry cartoon, but he literally exclaims “I’m sozzled!” as if it wasn’t glaringly apparent.
- IGN
A generous trim of the flabby middle act would’ve helped the pace, but better yet would’ve been to shift the focus on to the robots, and particularly their historical counterparts, which would’ve provided a welcome respite from the same-iness of this entry.
- Games Radar
The action is certainly big, but it's far from satisfying. We don't see anything here that we haven't seen before in the previous installments. At least the last movie added dinosaur robots. This one does add something new to the mix, but we get so little of it, it's hardly worth bothering.
- Cinema Blend
Transformers: The Last Knight, however, Bay’s brand of maximalist action blockbuster seems to have curdled into self-parody. His fifth film in the transforming alien robot franchise is so loud, obnoxious and confusing that is almost defies description.
- Den of Geek
Two-and-a-half hours of bots reshaping themselves into vehicles and slashing, bashing constructs. But, frankly, Michael Bay's latest Transformer movie never transforms itself into anything worth watching.
- Plugged In

From The Manufacturer

Our world's greatest hero becomes our fiercest enemy when Optimus Prime launches a mission to save Cybertron by destroying Earth. Now Bumblebee and Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) must lead the Autobots in the ultimate battle to save mankind.

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4. Universal Studios Dune
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5. Paramount Pictures Star Trek: Insurrection
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6. Lionsgate Daybreakers
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7. Dreamworks What Lies Beneath
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8. Paramount Pictures Next
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An Overview On Fiction Movies

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If you’re renting or buying an older movie, one big question you’ll likely have is whether it stands the test of time. Today’s TVs are built to render visuals in vivid detail, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen movie supports that. Many older films have been digitally remastered to meet today’s high-definition standards, but you may find that not all of the movies online offer that.

In addition to visuals, the content of the movies themselves don’t always stand the test of time. What was unique or relevant to previous generations may no longer hold up. Some classics have been heavily imitated as well, making them seem less original when viewed after their successors. If you can think of the movie you’re watching in context, you’ll probably enjoy it more than if you compare it to today’s pop culture trends.

Lastly, you may wonder if the movie you’re choosing is family-friendly. Even if you won’t be watching with children, this is relevant. Profanity, violence and other mature content can be disturbing to some viewers, especially in extreme amounts. It’s important to look into that before you choose a movie to view, even if you’re watching a film that’s considered a classic.

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The Fiction Movie Buying Guide

  • Released in 1994, Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that put director Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s a collection of stories, woven together in creative ways. At the time, it was a gangster movie unlike anything ever seen before, bringing comedy and realistic dialogue to a genre that was traditionally very serious. The dialogue is, indeed, one of the best things about “Pulp Fiction,” making characters jump off the screen and entertaining you from start to finish.
  • No matter when you were born, there’s no escaping the ongoing legacy of the “Star Trek” series. In 2009, Paramount Pictures rebooted the franchise with “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams behind the camera, taking the series back to the beginning. The movie was a big hit upon its release, bringing fresh faces to the characters previous generations knew all too well.
  • Although Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” was a bomb when it was initially released, it might be worth checking out now that you can rent it for a low price. The biggest problem with “Jupiter Ascending” was the expense to make it, putting it in the tough position of needing to sell an extraordinary amount of tickets once it hit theaters. But you can’t go wrong with stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and a space opera just sounds like a great time, no matter what it’s about.
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  • Although Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” has plenty of light moments, don’t be fooled by the comedy. The movie has some extremely violent moments, as well as mature content involving drugs and sex.
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  • Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” had some big shoes to feel, and it did so capably. However, you won’t find the film as cerebral as “Pulp Fiction.” It’s designed for entertainment, with a big special effects budget that provides plenty to watch.
  • With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may find the story a bit hard to follow, and the characters don’t have quite the development necessary to make it a character-driven film.
  • Universal Studios’ “Dune” is one of those movies that seem to get better in retrospect. Today’s viewers can appreciate the artistic vision Lynch brought to the project. Since the screenplay follows the book fairly closely, that means you’ll also get a legitimately riveting story as well.