BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reviews

By Drax Largo on August 7th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Cowabunga, dudes.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a reboot that plays as if it were made from a starter kit. Everything comes right out of the 2014 blockbuster catalog.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Orange County Register

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Attached to this movie, the title no longer sounds zany; it looks like a series of keywords.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: New York Times

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There is something half-hearted about the entire film, as if those behind it were involved not because they wanted to make it, not because they should make it, but just because they could.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

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There’s no lack of craft here, but there’s certainly an absence of character.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: NPR

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Not much of an effort is made to differentiate the personalities of the turtles, who all frankly look as grotesque as a Terry Gilliam cartoon.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Toronto Star

Toronto Star
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Say what you will about the rubber-suited ’90s films, at least they explored the dynamic a little.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: National Post

National Post

[T]hese characters are fodder for an effects demo reel.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies

Mark Reviews Movies

A reminder that we should keep our guard up when we suspect creative choices coming from the stockholders’ perspective.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Guardian

Guardian

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivers a slightly different take on the series… and though it gets some things wrong along the way, it gets just as much right.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com

Bullz-Eye.com

Loud, frenetic and exhausting, it’s really too violent for younger children and too dumb for adults who aren’t driven by sheer nostalgia.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion

One Guy’s Opinion

It’s nearly impossible to gauge what constitutes a “good” Turtles film, but this one delivers the requisite thrills, visual effects, and humor as well as one can reasonably ask for.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

The Michael Bay-produced version of TMNT is a lot worse than you think.

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: Central Track

Central Track

Very much a live-action cartoon (albeit one just Dark ‘n Gritty enough to merit a PG-13 rating), right down to lines like, “Drain all of their blood – even if it kills them!”

August 7, 2014Full Review Source: San Diego Reader

San Diego Reader
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