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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 127 | Rotten: 33

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.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 10

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.

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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

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller

$45.8M

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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (127) | Rotten (33)

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

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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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.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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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.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The new Muppet movie is as sweet as a bowl of tapioca. And about as interesting.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The only thing better than one Kermit is two. And the only thing better than two Kermits is one with a Russian accent.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The way that "Muppets Most Wanted" grabs for the green is criminal.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

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.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
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.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
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.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
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.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
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.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

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

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

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

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Following on from The Muppets movie two years ago, their eighth feature film sees our heroes enjoying a grand world tour.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Muppets Most Wanted isn't the pinnacle for these beloved characters... but it should keep children entertained.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Tina Fey as a Siberian Gulag prison guard is one of the highlights of this happy Muppet sequel in which Kermit is replaced by a look-alike criminal frog and Ricky Gervais plays a crooked entrepreneur

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Not as fresh or consistently witty as 2011's revival, but contains plenty of inspired, hilarious musical numbers.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A superior sequel. (The film) takes a welcome, lighter approach than its immediate predecessor and wisely puts the Muppets front and center again.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Muppets Most Wanted is handily the funniest film ever set at a Russian gulag.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Descends into an adventure-movie rhythm that's never draggy or dull, but is also frequently no more than wistfully amusing.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

While this may lack the emotional clout of The Muppets star/co-writer Jason Segel's original reboot (leading man Ricky Gervais doesn't really do feelings), it doesn't skimp on good old-fashioned variety entertainment.

March 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are back, though their new film seems to vaguely be recreating the amusing if somewhat slight Great Muppet Caper. The same blend of Muppet-staple sweet goofiness and anarchy is still a pleasure to watch, causing me to laugh throughout; it's just that there are more leaden stretches between the laughs. The side stories have more interest and humor than the main storyline where Kermit has been replaced by a nefarious Russian doppelganger. Ricky Gervais is wasted as a criminal sidekick and he doesn't bring much energy to the film. Fortunately Tina Fey, as a gulag prison guard, and Ty Burrell, as a Pink Panther-like Interpol agent, rise to the occasion. Burrel, teamed up with Sam the Eagle, made the movie for me. Their comic interplay and rivalry is the best and gives way to the best use of sight gags. It's an amusing and agreeable film but there's a noticeable spirit missing, possibly from the departure of living Muppet Jason Segel as an actor and a co-writer. I was shocked that Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the 2011 movie, was the same man behind these new tunes. With the exception of maybe two songs, the remaining majority of the songs are downright dreadful. Within minutes of leaving my theater I could not for the life of me remember one of the tunes. The celebrity cameos are also less fun, many poorly integrated into the film, just the actors appearing and then vanishing. James McAvoy just walks onscreen to deliver a package. Is that the best use of everyone's time? Still, while a noticeable step down from 2011's The Muppets, the movie still has enough of the Muppet charm and silliness to entertain. It's just missing some of the magic that made their return so special.

Nate's Grade: B
March 27, 2014
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Nate Zoebl

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The cameo's make up for the rather dyer plot! Ricky Jervais is amusing but not even his comedic talents make up for this failure of a movie!
March 26, 2014
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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Any movies that stars Miss PIggy and Kermit can do no wrong. Add Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais and it's a winner. Plus great tips for robbing a bank if that particular skill is ever needed.
March 25, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

If the "Muppets" reboot a few years ago was to show the heart of the characters, this brings it back to the wackiness that everyone knows and loves. The Muppets are persuaded by their tour manager("Badguy"played by Ricky Gervais) to embark on a world tour. Only he is using the Muppets as a cover for the heists he pulls with Constantine, the World's Number One Criminal and a near clone of Kermit. Kermit is framed, and Constantine takes his place as leader of the Muppets. Basically it's an awesome movie. Tons of celebrity cameos, one of the best is Usher playing an usher. The story isn't nearly as heartfelt or sentimental as the previous movie, but that's good because it doesn't need to be. This is just the Muppets being hilarious and crazy. All the kids in our group(my boy, two nieces, and two nephews) all loved it and laughed a lot. Great family movie, and a great addition to this fantastic franchise.
March 24, 2014
Everett Johnson

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    1. Animal: Bad frog, Bad frog!
    – Submitted by Alex R (5 days ago)
    1. Constantine: My name first, then space bar, space bar, space bar, your name.
    – Submitted by Matt R (10 days ago)
    1. Rowlf the Dog: Walter has quit the Muppets? We just did a whiole film about him joining the Muppets!
    – Submitted by Brian K (26 days ago)
    1. Constantine: I don't think you know what you want.
    2. Miss Piggy: Yeah I do, I just told you wh..
    3. Constantine: Shhh. If you stick with me, I can give you what you want.
    – Submitted by Cameron N (26 days ago)
    1. 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!
    2. Fozzie Bear: You are talking about Kermit, right?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (29 days ago)
    1. Miss Piggy: Ich bin ein Berliner!
    2. Dr. Teeth: More like 'I'm Frankfurter'!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (29 days ago)
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