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Transformers Age of Extinction opens to lukewarm reviews

Michael Bay's latest Transformers installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, opened yesterday to less than stellar reviews by the critics.

Mark Wahlberg is the new lead in Bay's fourth installment of the Transformers franchise
Mark Wahlberg is the new lead in Bay's fourth installment of the Transformers franchise
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Paramount

The critics have spoken and apparently Michael Bay's latest Transformers, isn't very good. As far as highly anticipated summer blockbusters go, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was among the most talked about heading into the summer season. As it currently stands, Michael Bay's latest live-action Transformers, is the worst reviewed film of the franchise.

On the heels of a cast and theme reboot, the franchise underwent a few changes from the previous releases, that did little to boost the recent releases appeal to critics. The fourth installment of the Transformers franchise is currently at a 17% on popular critic review aggregation site Rottentomatoes.com, while noted movie critic Richard Roeper gave the film a D, claiming "the longer the movie goes on, the less interesting it becomes; it just wears you down".

The biggest change to the franchise came in the form of Mark Wahlberg, who was brought on to play the lead Cade Yeager, while Shia LaBeouf's character, Sam Witwicky, was retired after three films. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the previous three Transformers films received reviews of 57%, 19%, and 36% respectively. One thing worth noting, is that with each film, the "audience" reviewed the films much higher than the critics with Transformers: Age of Extinction receiving a respectable 72% by the 155,752 users that rated the film to date.

The good thing for Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures (the film's production company) is that the previous Transformers may have been shunned by the critics but still performed very well at the global box office. The first film raked in over $709 million dollars while the 2nd and 3rd films brought in $826 million and $1.1 billion respectively (Wikipedia - Transformers films).

Update--

As it currently stands, according to Hollwoodreporter.com, Transformers: Age of Extinction is nearing $1 Billion dollars at the global box office. Positive movie reviews do not always equate to box office dollars. Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures can attest to that. If Age of Extinction is to reach $1B (only $110M away), it would be the second, billion dollar installment of the franchise.