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49. 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'
Under the most basic definitions of good and bad, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' probably qualifies as bad: the plot is ridiculous and the performances are cardboard-thin. (The female lead is played by a Victoria's Secret model, for goodness sake!) That said: who cares about basic definitions?! 'Dark of the Moon' was the biggest funhouse of the year, an exercise in excess and overabundance that seemingly only had one thing on its minuscule brain: melting the audience's faces. Mission accomplished! Directed with a fevered brilliance by Michael Bay, 'Dark of the Moon' improved on the horrendous 'Revenge of the Fallen' by remembering what makes a good 'Transformers' film: exploding giant robots and Shia LaBeouf wise-cracks. This was the Milton Berle of summer blockbusters -- a thoughtless bit of pop-art that was the biggest thing in the room. -- Christopher Rosen