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

Michael Bay really need to stop thinking about making another Transformers movie, I'm serious.. Not only just because this third movie sucks, but he always had reasons to make up another story sequel after sequel.. Revenge of the Fallen were okay, in some fact it might a little more interesting rather than the first movie, but Dark of the Moon were completely out.. There's a lot of Michael Bay trying to mixed in here but IMHO that doesn't make any sense at all.. Like mixing the first approach a man ever made to the moon with some cybertron's secret, well good try but definitely not solid.. When some of the technology he tried to made in here like how a man can fly, how optimus suddenly can fly, and how most of everybody that watching this movie wasn't feel like fly while watching it? The performance from the cast were just okay, not good not that bad, except for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley since she only care about her looks.. Overall, the story could've been made more better with the unbelievable loss for Megan Fox (even though she's no better from Rosie, but at least she's already been a mascot for this movie and way more a 'useful' girlfriend) =p

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

4 stars

A slight improvement from its predecessor indeed. Just when you thought Bay couldn't topple his CGI works, he brings out this film. Stunning and mind blowing effects and action illustrates dominance throughout, but once again is brought down by the struggling script. 4/5

- fb1442511448, Saturday, August 25, 2012

2 stars

Impressive effects as always, but Michael Bay cannot and it seems will not produce another good film in the Transformers saga. The third instalment in the Transformers film finds more a repeat of the first then the second. Whilst the original sequel, 'Revenge of the Fallen' was the worst film I believe has ever been made, this third one does produce a slightly better hint of a plot and emotion. The explosions and action are all there as usual, and in true Bay style, too frequent and far too much. When the emotion does come along it is wrecked by the previous two hours of non-stop explosion, after explosion, after explosion... With a new central female protagonist alongside Shia Le Beouf as well, we see a slightly better performance by Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley than Megan Fox. But Sam Witwicky's parents as usual steal the show in well performed and perfectly timed small appearances and anecdotes. Overall however, as usual the film disappoints and disappoints. 'Transformers' the first was good, but then the sequel came along. Whilst 'Dark of the Moon' will never be able to rebuild the damage of the second, and in itself is a pretty poor film, it is better than its predecessor by a little way.

- fb100000212943704, Saturday, August 11, 2012