* AwardSnub: Six of his nine movies have been nominated for a combination of 16 Oscars, yet they have won only one award. Several critics have admitted this was on purpose and that his films had the best visuals and sound of the year; however they could not bring themselves to the vote for them because they were movies about things like giant robots from outer space which were based on a toy line. The one exception was for ''Pearl Harbor'' in the Sound Editing category and ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' was the only other movie nominated for the award that year.
* CriticalDissonance: The second ''Transformers'' movie illustrates this best: made about one billion dollars in theaters, critics raged about how atrocious it was, resulting in razzies for worst movie, screenplay and director.
** The third possibly more so, since its also recieved a considerable amount of hate, and is now the fifth most highest grossing film of all time.
** Michael Bay could be the ''poster boy'' for this trope, with all his films being critically panned, but still smash hits at the box office. The only real exception, being financially ''and'' critically successful, has been ''Film/TheRock'', and that's likely due to SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery.
* EthnicScrappy: Has been accused of using at least one per movie.
* FanDumb / HateDumb: [[CaptainObvious Do we really even need to say it]]? Just simply proclaiming your (dis)liking to his movies will will make fans/haters [[StopHavingFunGuys bash your taste in movies]].
* FanHater[=/=]OpinionMyopia[=/=]InternetBackdraft: If you like his films, get ready to be accused of being a redneck or having ADHD.[[note]]But see the look on some people's faces if they realize they are saying it to people who really ''do'' have ADHD.[[/note]]
** Critics have openly attacked the intelligence of fans for making ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'' a success despite their reviews. Moviebob's review for ''Inception'' was particularly scathing, comparing fans of the series to Carl from Aqua-Teen Hunger Force in terms of intellect and taste, saying said film was "...too cerebral for fans of Transformers."
*** Which is incredibly unfair, as there are plenty of moviegoers who like both.
** He's also said that he doesn't make movies the critics want to see. He openly admits that his movies are meant to be popcorn fun. This, of course, is a BerserkButton for three groups of people: professional critics, amateur critics, and people who extremely value the views of critics. The very idea that a director would '''intentionally''' make a movie solely for "entertainment" instead of "art" is seen as pissing right in their Wheaties.
*** Though the fact his films are perennial Oscar contenders’ means his peers actually recognize to some degree what he has done.
* GrowingTheBeard: While ''TheIsland'' wasn't the hit people expected, it was praised for having a much more involving storyline than what usually appears in his films. And yet the film failed to make money.
* MemeticBadass: [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "You mess with Michael Bay and you mess with America!"]]
* MisBlamed: Although not entirely blameless for the film's problems, Bay did not put the RomanticPlotTumor into ''Film/PearlHarbor''. That was RandallWallace. Also, he swears that it was ExecutiveMeddling that tried to turn it into another ''Film/{{Titanic}}''.
** One review of ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'' described a confusing shot, and the reviewer actually wrote, "Michael Bay has a lot to answer for." Blaming Bay for a ''Creator/UweBoll'' movie's problems.
** Believe it or not, but there are certain fans that blame Michael Bay for the different robot designs used in the Transformers movies as if he personally drew them up himself. [[FanDumb Nevermind the fact that EVERY different Transformers series features a new style]].
** The Hatedom is so strong for some people that they're willing to write off any movie that Bay is involved in producing as being horrible before it even comes out. Never mind that it's his production company that's been producing the recent horror movie reboots (''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 Chainsaw]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 Elm Street]]'', ''Film/FridayThe13th2009''), but he's not the sole producer.
* NecessarilyEvil: His reputation as being an overly-controlling director may partially be justified by the '''massive''' amounts of practical effects he uses. If something goes unexpectedly, someone could get seriously hurt, or worse. The fact that you can't economically re-shoot blowing something up also factors into it.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The way people describe his movies, you'd think they were the worst things ever made. You wouldn't know this by looking at the sales figures for Transformers.
* [[LoveItOrHateIt Love Him Or Despise Him]]
* [[ItsPopularNowItSucks True Art Is Not Popular]]: ''TheIsland'' was held by critics as [[GrowingTheBeard probably his best movie]], but bombed at the domestic box office. Strangely it is his only non BadBoys film not to be nominated for an Oscar
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Every film he has made with extensive visual effects has been praised for the level of detail and pushing the prior boundaries, even if the film as a whole may have been flawed. Even Creator/GeorgeLucas admitted to looking to ''Film/PearlHarbor'' for inspiration on the opening sequence of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.