CRITICS RIP MEGAN FOX REPLACEMENT IN TRANSFORMER MOVIE



The summer blockbuster "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" brings back the battle between good and evil robots -- this time with a pulsating score, bigger explosions, and 3D action that's coming right at you.

The action flick spends a good deal of time blowing up Chicago, and includes a scene of actual base jumpers leaping off a high-rise. Many of the actors have returned from the last "Transformers" movie: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson.

But following a feud with director Michael Bay, the star Megan Fox, who played LaBeouf's girlfriend, was very publicly replaced with Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. To put it mildly, the critics have not fallen in love.

The Daily Mail may have fired the first warning shot over the new actress. Baz Bamigboye gave the movie three out of five stars and pleaded: "Come back Megan Fox, all is forgiven." The critic does note the movie is "technically sublime" even if the human supermodel "can't act."

Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum grades the movie a respectable B, but that may be despite the presence of the actress. The review notes, "In the interchangeable role of sex doll, Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley assumes the spot vacated by Megan Fox."

Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe assigns the sci-fi thriller just two out of four stars, and describes the English-born actress as "a replacement for Megan Fox, who is Judi Dench by comparison."

Both women get ripped in Bill Gibron's take for Filmcritic. He rated the movie a four out of five stars and called the third in the series a "crowd pleaser." Still, the review calls out Huntington-Whiteley as "no better or worse than the curt Kewpie Doll she replaced."

Get the picture? Good looking does not mean good acting. Well, you can't have everything.

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