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Roger Ebert: 'Transformers' Sequel Is 'Dumber Than a Box of Staples'

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' grossed an estimated $16 million in midnight screenings alone as it made its North American debut on Wednesday, but the blockbuster debut is doing little to please critics.

In fact, 'Chicago Sun-Times' critic Roger Ebert says the movie is 'dumber than a box of staples' with an 'incomprehensible' plot. He calls the sequel "a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments."

"The battle scenes are bewildering," he adds. "A Bot makes no visual sense anyway, but two or three tangled up together create more confusion. I find it amusing that creatures that can unfold out of a Camaro and stand four stories high do most of their fighting with fists. They have tiny little heads, except for one who is so ancient he has an aluminum beard."

And although negative reviews won't hurt the movie as it prepares to take over the weekend box office, unfortunately, Roger Ebert isn't the only one blasting the Michael Bay film. Here is a compilation of what some of the other critics are saying:

"Like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan!" - The Guardian

"Sums up everything that is most tedious, crass and despicable about modern Hollywood!" - Daily Mail

"Good when it's good, but extremely, shockingly, horrifyingly bad when it is bad." - Waffle Movies

"Quickly collapses into big-budgeted tedium - all dressed up with nowhere to go." - Critic's Notebook

"This film is a poster child for the idea that more does not always equal more." - Austin Chronicle

"The effects are still awesome, but they've lost their novelty factor. As for everything else, it pretty much sucks." - Montreal Film Journal

"An action blockbuster so loud, ugly and exhausting that criticism seems beside the point." - The Age

"A giant, lumbering idiot of a movie!" - Daily Mirror

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is looking at a five-day haul in the $130 million-$150 million range, which will definitely be a huge opening.

June 25, 2009 |

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