Box art for Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Slightly better than No. 2 but still crude and very violent.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third installment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise is less crude than the first sequel but more violent than the original. Tween and teen boys in particular will be interested in seeing this movie, but even younger kids who are familiar with the Hasbro toys may be curious about yet another live-action adaptation. Like all of director Michael Bay's films, there's a constant threat to all the characters -- in fact, humanity in general -- and an accompanying body count to match that sense of peril. Some robot deaths are particularly startling. Language is edgy, with frequent uses of "a--hole," "bitch," and "s--t" and two variations on the F-bomb. This is a dream movie for car, weapon, and military aficionados, but not so much for young girls, since the only three women in the film are stereotypes - the young blond "hottie," the tough older careerist, and the wisecracking middle-aged mom.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's nonstop violence. How does the filmmaker differentiate between Transformer-on-Transformer violence and violence against humans? Do you think the director gets away with depicting more violence because Transformers aren't people?
  • Although there's less stereotyping here than in the previous movie in the series, what are some instances in which characters of a particular gender, ethnic, or racial group are depicted in a stereotypical manner?
  • Despite the number of attractive male characters, why does the movie focus so much more on the leading actress' body? What message does that send audiences?
  • Nearly every scene features a product placement; is this realistic (because people do use particular brands) or is it distracting?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: For good or ill, Bay is the soul of a new machine, the poet of post-human cinema, the CEO of Hollywood's military-entertainment complex.

- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Thursday, June 30, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Slightly better than the second movie, but retains all of its problems - Massive implausibility, annoying characters, forced comedy and unnecessary romance. It's a good thing it looks so good.

- fb791220692, Thursday, May 31, 2012

1 star

I really wanted to like this movie. I'm not sure why I thought I would, I really despised the first sequel. The third chapter isn't much of an improvement. These movies spend way too much time following the lives of a bunch of stupid, phony, and annoying simpletons. I hate every human character in the film, they should all have their brains bashed in. The movie should focus on the machines, but the writers obviously aren't competent enough to pull that off. Outside of Megatron, Sentinel, Optimus, and Bumblebee, the rest of the machines are basically interchangeable. It makes for a jumbled mess. There are some scenes that are cool because they're big and loud. But I've seen "big and loud" done better too. This is effort was asinine. Avoid.

- fb100000040220993, Thursday, May 31, 2012

3 stars

A third transformers makes life better, well done to Micheal Bay. Strong action sequences and some powerful scenery makes you forget that Megan Fox left.

- scottgreen96, Sunday, March 25, 2012