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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 133
Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: While it may not reach the delirious heights of The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted still packs in enough clever gags, catchy songs, and celebrity cameos to satisfy fans of all ages.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: While it may not reach the delirious heights of The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted still packs in enough clever gags, catchy songs, and celebrity cameos to satisfy fans of all ages.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 63,750

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Movie Info

Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film … More

Rating:
PG (for some mild action)
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
James Bobin , Nicholas Stoller
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 12, 2014
Box Office:
$51.2M
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Muppets Most Wanted

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (36) | DVD (1)

Too much of the joy imparted by Muppets Most Wanted has too little to do with the Muppets themselves.

Full Review… | March 26, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

[It] isn't as giddily entertaining as its predecessor but much of the charm remains, making this an ideal destination for a family excursion.

Full Review… | March 23, 2014
ReelViews
Top Critic

Kids will enjoy it, and there are more than enough clever gags to keep parents amused. But the film lacks the tenderness and rich nostalgia that made The Muppets such an improbable delight.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The songs are infectious, but the rest (despite turns by Tina Fey and Ty Burrell) lacks some of the gang's usual feel-good joy.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The new Muppet movie is as sweet as a bowl of tapioca. And about as interesting.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The movie overflows with funny moments, and Constantine is a terrific character.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

( ... ) having two Kermits means there's not enough of the no-nonsense Miss Piggy.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Truth be told, the film's a bit dodgy, too. The gags and songs are not as funny as last time around and the plot drags from time to time, but Tina Fey is great fun as a Broadway-loving gulag guard and the Muppets are as adorable as ever.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
Movie Talk

While there are many things to like about "Muppets Most Wanted," including its goofy musical numbers and random cameos, it is ultimately let down by a bland plot that is not nearly as engaging this time around.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Examiner.com

The Muppets wanted you to laugh and cry. Muppets Most Wanted wants to you cry with laughter.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

While The Muppets felt like an event, Muppets Most Wanted feels like exactly what it is: a follow-up. Maybe that's not the worst thing...

Full Review… | May 18, 2014
MovieCrypt.com

"The Muppets" are moving in a positive direction as they start returning to the style and entertainment value embodied in the original movies and TV series.

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
Cinema Sight

How can you not love any sequel which, right from the beginning, warns viewers that it won't be quite as good as the original?

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's difficult to regard Muppets Most Wanted as anything other than a significant disappointment...

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

The plot is ponderous and overloaded, with a running time pushing a not-very-kid-friendly two hours.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
Columbus Alive

Brett McKenzie's songs are the true star and saviour in Muppets Most Wanted. Yet should another Muppets movie be in the works, needed are the right actors to bring something more than a name above the marquee.

Full Review… | April 12, 2014
Matt's Movie Reviews

This terrific sequel doesn't need to waste any time getting the gang back together and so dives head-long into the type of loopy, cameo-encrusted adventure that made the first run of Muppet films way back in the 1980s so much fun.

Full Review… | April 11, 2014

Lacking a lot of the eternal fun that made the Muppets stars four decades ago, "Muppets Most Wanted" is a by the book sequel which occasionally rises to funny thanks to its humorous human co-stars.

Full Review… | April 11, 2014
MediaMikes

The magic is largely missing this time. It starts promisingly enough with a rather good song about the pitfalls involved in doing a sequel but, after that, invention seems to flag and many opportunities are missed.

Full Review… | April 11, 2014
The Australian

Sight gags, slapstick and puns abound as you'd expect, with James Bobin again keeping the Muppets moving at a brisk pace, at least most of the time.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Flicks.co.nz

Henson would, once again, be proud, of this very funny, very silly, extremely well-made, colourful, joyous movie ... It's all great fun, and it's all very, very Muppet.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
ABC Radio (Australia)

The fact is that Henson never lost his appreciation for non-conformity, whereas Bobin and Stoller are company men at heart. Yet the Muppets have a life of their own, and it's good to see them live on.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Sydney Morning Herald

A lot of effort has gone into giving it the look and feel of a '60s heist movie. Sadly it had a disappointing opening at the US box office. It deserves better.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Sydney Morning Herald

Overall, it's a thoroughly decent outing with the beloved cloth creatures.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Film School Rejects

Muppets Most Wanted is essentially the 'B-Side' to The Muppets. It almost ensures that the Muppets are left to gather dust on a shelf awaiting the desperation of a true fan filmmaker to resurrect them once again.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
2UE That Movie Show

It's no Godfather Part II, but as far as sequels go, it's not bad either.

Full Review… | April 6, 2014
Concrete Playground

Audience Reviews for Muppets Most Wanted

I enjoyed The Muppets: Most Wanted, it's the Muppets and I am a passionate fan after all. I am protective of them though, and it's tough for me to admit this but the new film isn't without its failings. How to I criticise one of the things I love most in this world? Well, I'm going to try... Firstly, the beginning sequence is brilliant, I still have the opening song in my head; "We're doing a sequel..." is a very knowing song, making light that the last film did very well so another film has been commissioned but also makes light of the fact that sequels aren't generally as good as the first. This would have been funnier had it not been true. I'm not sure the film ever gets as good as the great beginning sequence but it does have some wonderful touches. I think the biggest problem is that there are too many humans. Kermit and his evil lookalike Constantine get most screen time over the rest of the Muppets, the human actors get the rest leaving the rest of the Muppets, many of our favorites, with very little at all. They make light that they didn't include many old favorites from the first film and they make up for this with probably my favorite cameo of the film, the inclusion of Robin. This wasn't really good enough though, Pepe and Rizzo seem to be regarded as new characters and so are left out even though they've been around for 18 years (Pepe) and 30 years (Rizzo) and yet characters like 80's Robot, who isn't even a Muppet is still there since the last film. Gonzo had about ten lines throughout the whole show! I'm afraid that The Muppets are loosing their way again through no fault of their own. The day Disney bought them was a disaster. I'm sure this will sell a lot of merchandise for them but after the last film it should have been better. The Muppets are still wonderful though, this film is still very funny but only during the Muppet parts. We need more Muppets, why can't the producers get that through their heads? How do they think the Muppets gained so much success and popularity in the first place? I'm sure they're still thinking that Puppets on their own surely can't carry a film but they're so wrong, they've done it many times before. Like Dr. Bunsen Honeydew points out, this isn't actually the sequel, it is the seventh sequel to the original film. My criticism may sound harsh but that's only because The Muppets are the greatest thing in the world and their films are little pieces of genuine magic. They've got the performers, they've got the music, they just need Disney and the producers to understand them and to listen to the fans. Ricky Gervais, whom I dislike immensely, seems to be a big reason many are put off from this film. It's obvious that he has been chosen to be a part of this film because he is bankable rather than because he can add anything or even fits in (he doesn't). It's great but with focus it could and should be better!

http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/muppets-most-wanted-dir-james-bobin.html

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Even more self-aware than the first and far less funny, "The Muppets Most Wanted" may have a likeable cast, but nobody can pull it off as well as Jason Segal and Amy Adams did in the first film. Having cameos is one thing, but having cameos to drive this story was kind of overwhelming and I just expected to see more which didn't make it very special. After Kermit is framed by a criminal mastermind who looks just like him, he joins the muppets and begins to ruin their show. This film has a little less cheese throughout it, but that is also what made the first one so special, so everything this sequel tries to do kind of works against it. "The Muppets Most Wanted" is liable for what it is, but in the end, it is just a cleverly written comedy that does not have much flare. Would I recommend it to fans of the first? Yes, but do not expect too much.

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KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

So at the start of this movie there is a little musical number with some lyrics rhythmically explaining that sequels are never quite as good, a cute self referential/self mocking gag. Well umm...gee, what can I say accept...bingo! Yes this whole movie is almost one big self referential joke crammed full of obligatory pop culture references that just make you groan and slump your head into your hands.

The plot unfolds around a master criminal who happens to look identical to Kermit and is the number one criminal in the world. This amphibian wants to steal the British Crown Jewels with the help of Ricky Gervais who is the second best criminal in the world. So its a crime heist not too far off from 'The Great Muppet Caper'. So the fuzzy gang are trying to rejuvenate their show but are actually being used by the criminal duo who are unravelling a mystery that leads them to the Crown Jewels. Its all very 'Mr Bean-esque'.

First up I didn't like the film title, second up why can't we have Muppet movies based around classic tales/legends/fables again? why am I not seeing a Muppet Robin Hood? Anyway the story putters along in a gentle manner dotted with the odd musical number which on the whole weren't too bad, I quite liked the Gervais and evil Kermit duet. It did seem like there would be a song every other five minutes at one point but thankfully not. I did actually like the character of 'Constantine' (evil Kermit), at first I thought he was merely a cheap Kermit clone (kinda is) but he is voiced really well by Matt Vogel and is quite humerous at times. A Russian accent coming out of Kermit along with some nice evil facial expressions which are simply Kermit's face scrunched up into a snarl...was unexpectedly funny. Gervais wasn't the outright satirical funnyman we all know this time around but he gels well with his mean green accomplice.

The other amusing factor was the the second duo of Sam Eagle and Ty Burrell who plays a French Interpol Inspector. Despite the fact Burrell is clearly doing a hammy 'Inspector Clouseau' impersonation I can't deny that he does it well helped along by the stuffy Sam Eagle. Both bumble around in a predictable way looking for clues, Sam being the more keen by the books man/eagle, where as Burrell is the more laid back lazy not quite so intelligent European.

The movie bounces around from one pretty destination to the next giving us fancy looking set pieces and not much else really. Most of the Muppets don't figure too much this time, nothing from Gonzo, Rizzo, Fozzie etc...or new boy Walter! and naturally there are many pointless needless cameos. I know these Muppet films have always had cameos but they used to be from real legends of the silver screen, these days its the dregs of pop culture like Lady Gaga and Sean Combs *groan*. Still can't work out what the Celine Dion singing cameo was about, she just appears for absolutely no reason what so ever and vanishes again! hope it was worth the money sheesh!

I knew I wasn't gonna like this film much, I am a huge Muppet fan and grew up with the gang but ever since the final Muppet fantasy (Muppet Wizard of Oz) things have just gone down hill for me. Its all become very bland dull and chock full of annoying pop culture references and placements, the lovely fairytale fantasy element has all but gone. While the film wasn't terrible I wasn't overly impressed either. It just ticked along through unoriginal mundane formulaic fodder, no traditional Muppet hysteria present anywhere...until we reached the inevitably plain and predictable ending. What really summed it all up for me was the fact they tried to dodge the glaring problem of little imagination and creativity by going for this all out slightly satirical self referential gag angle like some sort of cover up, hoping no one will notice its all old hat.

I guess it just manages to squeeze over the pass mark because its the Muppets and you can't help but love em. That is still no excuse for a lazy movie relying on familiar faces to bring in the dough, unfortunately they do seem to be doing this, shoving our fave Muppets on the big screen for some easy earnings. I'm happy for more Muppets but lets get back to the fantasy/sci-fi side of things please, it works so well with Jim Henson's creations. I'm waiting for the Muppet version of Dracula please...anyone.

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phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

While 2011's "The Muppets" was an excellent family film, its sequel turns out to be a solid kids movie, lacking the sharp script and creativity of its predecessor. There's still fun to be had here though, with decent musical numbers and charming characters.

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Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Muppets Most Wanted Quotes


Dominic aka Number Two:
The world capital of comedy...Berlin, Germany.
– Submitted by Peter A (5 months ago)
Animal:
Bad frog, Bad frog!
– Submitted by Alex R (6 months ago)
Constantine:
My name first, then space bar, space bar, space bar, your name.
– Submitted by Matt R (6 months ago)
Rowlf the Dog:
Walter has quit the Muppets? We just did a whiole film about him joining the Muppets!
– Submitted by Brian K (6 months ago)
Constantine:
I don't think you know what you want.
Miss Piggy:
Yeah I do, I just told you wh..
Constantine:
Shhh. If you stick with me, I can give you what you want.
– Submitted by Cameron N (6 months ago)
Walter:
There's only one guy in this world who can save us! There's only one frog who can restore order, bring justice, and set things right!
Fozzie Bear:
You are talking about Kermit, right?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)

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