Michael Bay on Transformers 4 and movie critics

News Simon Brew
4 Jul 2014 - 07:40

Director Michael Bays comes out fighting in the face of widespread critical disdain for Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Well on its way to a probable $1bn gross at the worldwide box office is Michael Bay's latest movie, Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It's been the least well critically received of the four Transformers movies to date, but that's having little to no impact on the box office numbers it's stacking up. Few movie franchises see critics and audiences so markedly apart.

Yet Michael Bay, at the Berlin press conference for the film, is not - as you might expect - allowing such things to affect him. "I work as hard as I can and I'm glad that people are liking the movie besides the critics, let's just forget the critics". He added that "the people in the audience are liking the movies - that's what I make movies for".

Furthermore, Bay argued that "I think that they should make it mandatory for reviewers that they sit in the audiences - just be themselves surrounded by a real audience". Bay said that he's seen the film around 25 times with such a crowd, and "they applaud, they laugh, they cheer. I don't know what movie [critics are] reviewing".

You can see the full Berlin press conference here.

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