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Notes from a Darkened Theater: Transformers, the Facebook Movie and Pixar Grants a Last Wish

Fans of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise can stop waiting to exhale: Thanks to more than 600 sellouts, including 274 for midnight screenings scheduled tonight, Revenge of the Fallen is already a box-office hit. Numbers like that have placed it among the top 25 pre-sellers of all time, but a nagging question remains: Is it any good?

No. A typical Bay production, Revenge of the Fallen is gratingly chaotic, rife with deafening explosions, witless dialogue and painstakingly conceived visual effects that look as phony as they are. It will be a Megatron-size hit – no amount of critical derision can derail this train – but it remains an embarrassing cultural artifact, and the year’s worst film to date.

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