These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Award Snub: 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 Monsters, Inc. was the only other movie nominated for the award that year.
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 The Rock, and that's likely due to Rule Of Sean Connery.
Fan Hater/Opinion Myopia/Internet Backdraft: 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.
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." This is despite the fact that 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 is a Berserk Button 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 recognize to some degree what he has done.
Growing the Beard: While The Island wasn't the hit people expected, it was praised for having a much more involving storyline than what usually appears in his films. Yet the film failed to make money.
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 horror movie reboots (Chainsaw, Elm Street, Friday the 13th (2009)), but he's not the sole producer.