The Transformers - The Movie
The Transformers - The Movie (1986)

90 minute animated toy commercial in which the Autobots battle the evil Decepticons. Notable only for great cast of voices!

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 8, 1986
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A surprisingly dark, emotional, and almost excessively cynical experience for Transformers fans.

Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

A 1986 computer-animated feature based on a popular TV cartoon show, further inspired, no doubt, by the philanthropic desire of Japanese and American toy manufacturers to keep their kiddie customers rolling in robots.

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Chris Sawin

The Transformers: The Movie has never looked or sounded better (referring to the 30th anniversary edition) and the new bonus features are captivating and amusing. Now if we could just get a similar treatment for G.I. Joe: The Movie...

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Still the only Transformers film worth watching.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

The anime-inflected look is generally impressive too, although the power-rock soundtrack is unsalvageable.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A joyless jumble, this box office dud is almost as wretched as the Michael Bay live-action twofer Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The real Transformers movie...

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Caryn James
New York Times

While all this action may captivate young children, the animation is not spectacular enough to dazzle adults.

Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

By far the best toy commercial ever made.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

An awful toy commercial in disguise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A classic 80's cartoon brought to the big screen in a fun way. Loved this back in the day.
Michael Edwards
Now I didn't grow up in the 80s but I did grow up with this show on DVD and VHS at my cousins house a lot so I did grow up with the original transformers… More
Alice Shen
You got the touch! You got the pooowwaaah! A bit dated and silly, but there's a rip-roaring soundtrack and a rousing adventure story.
Conner Rainwater
Now I'm sure an animated movie of The Transformers from the 80s might not mean much to most people, it's one of the most nostalgic childhood… More
KJ Proulx
It may be the first feature film that the Transformers have ever gotten, but honestly, it is not their best. This film centres around what most people hate… More
Aj V
I could understand young kids thinking that this is a cool movie for a while, and maybe the show would have helped me understand the background of the story… More