Nisha Gopalan
December 15, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Transformers: The Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
86 minutes
performer
Norman Alden, Jack Angel
director
Nelson Shin
author
Ron Friedman
genre
Animation

We gave it a C

This robot saga is Welles’ last film — and it’s no Citizen Kane. (Welles voices a sentient planet.) The plot? The Decepticons seek to destroy the virtuous Autobots. Punctuated with awful hard-rock songs (notably ”The Touch,” covered by Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights), this adaptation of the old TV cartoon is more pop-cult fromage than filmmaking.

EXTRAS include commentaries, a pop-up-video track, and a peek at 2007’s CG/live-action Transformers movie.

For nerds: B+
For civilians: C

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