I've just been over several of the reviews and now what's mystifying is of course the fact that the consensus is worse than ROTF which many here will agree was a bad movie by most standards. However, consensus from those that have seen the film so far has been positive - and largely centering around one thing... The transformers are more at the emotional core of this film than in previous ones. That said, I am finding several reviews that have a problem with this or that have a problem with humans being sidelined for it - this is the precise opposite of what a lot of other people wanted and I'm now wondering if there really is a problem with critics not being able to relate to a non-human emotional core of a film. Compare this to Godzilla which, I will admit, is a good film. But the emotional center is in fact the humans of it - same goes for Pacific Rim which is more spectacle than Godzilla was and both reviewed better than AoE. On top of this ROTF and DotM rated better and the emotional center was again the humans. So aside from running time which I think everyone can agree is too long I am honestly starting to think that a lot of reviewers do have a core problem with a non-human emotional center to a film.