I've seen Transformers 3 and while visually impressive(each one of them is) it lacks in major areas. Now I'm not going to bash it as some critics do because I know it delivers in basically what people have wanted from it. When I saw it at the midnight showing everyone stood up and applauded at the ending of it, which I thought was odd. I would just like to ask, don't all the movies seem the exact same? They are just an exercise in redundancy. Each one has similar build-up for same payoff. I mean in the first one, the middle was shot in the desert, and the climax was in the city, ends with Optimus saying something patriotic. In the second one, the middle was the city, the climax was the desert, and again ends with Optimus. And in this one the climax was again in the city, things go back to normal. There seems to be a lot that can be done with this series and for them to be so similar is unimaginative to me and the most inexcusable part of the franchise.
With the first one I thought it was fun but not a brain in it's body. I didn't hate it. With the second one it was more of the same just more annoying. I just find the third one boring. Other things that annoy me about Transformers 3. I hate how Shia LeBeouf seems to scream all of his lines in this movie. Then there was that strange Nicholas Cage-esque freakout he had in the film. Also doing the fade to black with Inception type noises in the third act were unnecessary and amateur. I've never seen that done during a film only trailers. The abuse of making the Autobots save the humans at the last second about a dozen times made me roll my eyes.
All in all I've seen a lot worse. And don't think it merits as much bashing as it gets.