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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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79

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 4

The Great Muppet Caper is overplotted and uneven, but the appealing presence of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang ensure that this heist flick is always breezily watchable.

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

The Great Muppet Caper is overplotted and uneven, but the appealing presence of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang ensure that this heist flick is always breezily watchable.

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The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed to escape and frame Miss Piggy as the thief. Kermit, Fozzie and the Great Gonzo set out on a mission to solve the mystery and track down the criminals

Jul 10, 2001

Universal Pictures

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During their late-70s heyday the Muppets won huge TV audiences with their corny puns and showbiz in-jokes, but stretched to feature length the formula loses some of its snap.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The songs are routine, but the inconsequential plot leaves plenty of time for engaging asides.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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We don't care about some dumb diamond the size of a baseball, and as Muppet fans we're probably also indifferent to Henson's ambition to satirize old movie genres.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie contains several more cheery, Disneyesque songs than are necessary, but they are made tolerable by the presence of Kermit and Miss Piggy.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The usual pleasures are all here, but the puppeteers seemed especially intent on giving themselves logistical challenges this time around.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Perhaps the shallowest of the three classic Muppet films... But even an imperfect Henson movie is bound to have quite a lot of charm.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Muppets in London on a retro musical robbery-romp.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

That first film with the muppet crew had to be a success; this time it was more difficult. Nonetheless, the caper plot that Henson and company worked out manages to hold adult interest for quite a while.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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...just as silly and uneven as its predecessor.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A brisk and consistently funny family entertainment. [new DVD review]

December 18, 2005
Groucho Reviews

still the second-best Muppet movie you'll find

November 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

My least favorite Muppet movie. But it's still the Muppets, so it's worth a viewing.

November 13, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Too much Miss Piggy. I always hated Miss Piggy. Kermit was too good for her.

October 17, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Lacks the warm wit of the original movie, but hey, the old-school Muppets were a funny bunch of freaks!

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Great Muppet Caper

The first Muppet movie was very focused on introducing characters and revolved around being a road movie, comedy. In this second of the Muppet films, our now established friends play various characters in a thriller concerning precious jewels being stolen from a fashion designer. Reporters Kermit and Fozzy must team up with a squadron of misfits and Miss Piggy in order to catch the culprits. The film respects its characters, but often makes a lot of in-jokes and meta references to the fact that the Muppets are playing characters, and also that Kermit and Fozzy are "identical twins" because they both wear hats. There are a lot of great musical numbers performed by the Muppets, including a water ballet routine by Miss Piggy in her true over the top fashion. The supporting actors are great, including a crotchety Charles Grodin, and an overly nice John Cleese, in a great cameo appearance. Wildly entertaining and certainly fun, the Muppets make yet enough grand old film.
August 7, 2014
FrizzDrop

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Of all the Muppet movies I've seen, I enjoyed this the least. I couldn't follow the plot at some points and the story just didn't intrest me. The Muppets solving a mystery just isn't my type. But there is still funny quotes and the movie has its moments. That is why I am giving this a 60%.

Funny dialogue scene:

(A truck driver is pushed out of his truck and is thrown next to a trach can. A person comes out of the garbage can next to him.)

Truck Driver: "What are you doing here?"
Oscar the Grouch: "A very brief cameo."
Truck Driver: "Me too."
January 18, 2011
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Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

A good story, but not as funny as the first movie. I liked this movie when I was a kid, but now that I see it again, it's not as good as I remembered. Anyway, it's enjoyable and kids will like it.
January 10, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

I'm sorry, but how does anyone NOT love the Muppets. Especially with Charles Grodin.
January 7, 2010
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

    1. Lady Holiday: We have to make drastic changes in the new line before the show tomorrow. All my girls are going around looking like barn-yard animals. Good heavens, who are you?
    2. Miss Piggy: My name is Miss Piggy and I would like to be a high-fashion model.
    3. Lady Holiday: Doesn't surprise me. Seems to be the way we're heading.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (18 months ago)
    1. Fozzie Bear: Excuse me, Mr. Holliday. Would you let Kermit go? If you hold him too long he'll just give you warts.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (18 months ago)
    1. Beauregard: You can call me Beauregard. where are you guys going?
    2. Kermit: The happiness hotel.
    3. Beauregard: Oh good, that's where I'm going. How do you get there?
    4. Fozzie Bear: Haven't you ever been there?
    5. Beauregard: Of course! I live there. I just don't know how to get there.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (18 months ago)
    1. Lady Holiday: Nicky, that's my new receptionist dancing out there!
    2. Nicky Holiday: Which one?
    3. Lady Holiday: The pig.
    4. Nicky Holiday: She's sensational.
    5. Lady Holiday: 45 words a minute, about average.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (18 months ago)
    1. Trucker: What are you doing here?
    2. Oscar the Grouch: A very brief cameo.
    3. Trucker: Me too.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Sam the Eagle: You are all weirdos!
    – Submitted by Dallin P (2 years ago)
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