The Muppet Movie Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 1, 2015
Jolson sang, Barrymore spoke, Garbo laughed, and now Kermit the Frog rides a bicycle... If you can figure out how they were able to show Kermit pedaling across the screen, then you are less a romantic than I am: I prefer to believe he did it himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

People Magazine
June 1, 2015
With charm for the kids and in-jokes for their parents (when Kermit's bicycle gets mangled, he quips, "I thought I was gone with the Schwinn"), Muppet creator Jim Henson tries to give everybody a little something.
Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
June 1, 2015
The cast are all here, along with the technical wizardry, but the dialogue staggers from one leaden gag to another and there is an unmistakeable note of desperation throughout.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 17, 2013
As expected, Fozzie the Bear and the old geezers Statler and Waldorf receive the lion's share of the choice lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 15, 2013
while The Muppet Movie is certainly entertaining, the shift to a coherent, linear, feature-length narrative deprives the film the show's brilliantly structured inanity
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 13, 2013
With his Muppets, Henson found a balance between fuzzy post-hippie positivism and self-deprecating wit, and he added in the same quality that made many of the era's cultural phenomena so charming: simple problem-solving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 2, 2013
'The Muppet Movie' is one big road trip, and like 'The Blues Brothers' there's a payoff not just at the end, but around nearly every corner. Music only sweetens the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
November 25, 2011
This isn't about one sock puppet's search to be all that he can be. It's about a community combining their talents to bring joy to the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 21, 2011
The most condensed and purified expression of the starry-eyed optimistic humanism that defined all of Henson's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
First Muppet movie is a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
January 16, 2009
The Muppets were formally inventive long before Charlie Kaufman came on the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Richard Luck
Film4
May 6, 2008
One of the funniest family films of the 1970s.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 6, 2008
Cute without being insipid, funny without being childish, The Muppet Movie contains enough magic to please all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Skow
TIME Magazine
May 6, 2008
The transition from the yank-'em-off-if-they-bomb lunacy of the TV show to the coherent narration of the film is not a complete success.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 6, 2008
Jim Henson, Muppet originator, and Frank Oz, creative consultant, have abandoned the successful format of their vidshow, and inserted their creations into a well-crafted combo of musical comedy and fantasy adventure.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 14, 2006
Not only was The Muppet Movie a great children's movie in 1979, one that viewers of all ages could enjoy, but it's still a great children's movie today.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Slapstick chases and weak movie references look tired, while the attitude towards Miss Piggy and Camilla the Chicken is, well, less than progressive.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 7, 2006
...a passable but awfully slight big screen introduction to Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 17, 2005
Few family films have the breadth of appeal of The Muppet Movie, the best screen evidence of the Muppeteers' dedication to magnificent illusion. [new DVD review]
| Original Score: 4/4
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
November 28, 2005
The Muppet Movie has never suffered, still one of many great reasons to be a movie buff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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