Michael Bay is no Nolan. He's not making a film to think about life and the core of humanity, and to be honest, I like that. I like having a film that isn't all about the 'art' or 'examining morality.' Sometimes I just need to turn off my brain and take in all the sweet, delicious sugar of a beautiful explosion.
Yes, his movies have dumb plots. Yes, there's are some rather immature or awkward moments. Yes, some of his films (ROTF especially) do break about if you stop and think.
But you know what? I can get over that. This is entertainment at its core. Pretty explosions and no theme or examining. Just lots and lots of violence.
I think all the hate critics give him is ridiculous, and in some cases, offensive. It just seems like overreacting when critics call an entire fanbase dumb or stupid, and I know this is the internet, but still. People have a right to like whatever they like, as long as its not really hurting anyone.