For all its agonizing true-life trappings, has the staying power of a grand-scale video game. Manhattan's sushi bars are in no danger of going dark.
Jonathan RosenbaumChicago Reader
If you decide to hit the concessions stand (where you're bound to have lots of company), I'd suggest going out for popcorn during either the first hour or the third, because the second features some pretty good big-screen effects involving planes, ships, and explosions.
J. HobermanVillage Voice
The chaos is convincing, but, less ruthless than Steven Spielberg, Bay eschews D-day panic and mutilation.
David SterrittChristian Science Monitor
Fiction and fantasy to evade reflection on the world we actually live in.
Michael SragowBaltimore Sun
A brain-dead buddy-movie tearjerker with semi-tasteful romance and tasteful gore mixed in with the derring-do.