Transformers: Rise of the Beasts | Top critics, reviews and ratings
The Transformers franchise has become one of the most successful and popular in the history of science fiction and action cinema. The series has now produced six films, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (64%) has just been released internationally, ensuring that the saga will continue to gain a large number of followers around the world.
The original idea for Transformers came as a toy line from the Japanese company Takara Tomy in the early 1980s. The toy line featured robots that could transform into vehicles, quickly becoming a hit in Japan. In 1984, Hasbro acquired the rights to distribute the toys in the United States and began work on creating an animated series based on the characters, which became an instant hit.
The Transformers animated series centered on the adventures of the Autobots and Decepticons, two factions of alien robots fighting for control of the universe. The popularity of the animated series led to the creation of a line of Transformers comics and merchandising that included toys, clothing, and other products.
In 2007, Transformers made the leap to the big screen, with the franchise’s first film directed by Michael Bay. Starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, Transformers featured a mix of action, adventure, and science fiction and quickly became a box office success, grossing more than $700 million worldwide and establishing the franchise as a major force in summer cinema.
Five more Transformers movies followed, each directed by Bay and featuring an all-star cast which included actors like Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, and John Cena. In 2018, Bumblebee, a spin-off directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, was released. This film was the first in the entire franchise to win over critics and audiences, thanks to a convincing, intelligent, and funny script, along with the charismatic performances of its cast.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (64%) wants to continue the legacy of Knight’s film, and although criticism has been divided, Steven Caple Jr.’s film has managed to tip the scales towards good opinions. Reviews highlight Caple Jr.’s ability to balance memorable moments of action, adventure, humor, and intrigue, in a film that finally brings freshness to this franchise.
Here’s what critics of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (64%) are saying:
Marshall Shaffer in The Playlist:
“It is the loud and meaningless insistence that submission to sensory overload should be above any other narrative consideration.”
Alberto Corona in Cinemanía:
“Everything sounds, then, like recycling, algorithmic operations devoid of lubricious drives, and yet it occasionally manages to retain the charms of that child’s game. (…) you can imagine that Michael Bay, somewhere and despite everything, is also going to manage to enjoy this film.”
Valerie Complex in Deadline:
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the latest in this franchise of high octane, doesn’t stand out among previous films as anything more than a money-raiser.”
Diego Batlle in Other Cinemas:
“The foray into the Steven Caple Jr. saga seems made to order, on automatic pilot, and the result is a film routine and pure formula, without surprises or flashes of any kind.”
Loretta Chantiri in Spaghetti Code:
“The seventh film in a franchise that some would have believed lost or forced, but that returns with all the strength of Optimus Primal to visually delight fans and non-fans of the saga with an amazing CGI show, and at the same time to formally start what will be a new cinematographic universe.”
Fran G. Matas in Vandal:
“It is one of those popcorn films that has everything and for everyone: adventure, hints of mystery, emotional moments, a dash of humor, tense chases, dashes of horror, and of course, plenty of spectacular action.”
Liam Crowley in Comic Book:
“Transformers has always been about spectacle, and Rise of the Beasts complies in all respects. The action is fast-paced. Relationships are sincere. The threat is palpable, and more importantly, it leaves the franchise in the most intriguing position it’s been in in years.”
IGN’s Matt Donato:
“Director Steven Caple Jr. executes Beasts Awake like a summer movie which is a crowd-pleaser and makes me feel like a kid rewatching Saturday morning cartoons, only on a grander and more exciting scale.”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is rated as having the highest viewership of the franchise to date, so it looks like the saga isn’t going anywhere soon.