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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 34

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: 36
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 11

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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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

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller

Aug 12, 2014

$51.2M

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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (34)

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

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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[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 movie overflows with funny moments, and Constantine is a terrific character.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register
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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...

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
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.

April 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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?

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
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.

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)

Audience Reviews for Muppets Most Wanted

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.
July 16, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

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.
July 3, 2014
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

for me, a tad better than the last muppets film. i think the biggest problem with the last film remains in this one, which is a misuse of characters. walter has cemented his place in the series, but at the expense of long standing characters who deserved more of a spotlight. overall the jokes were good, and the story was a lot of fun.
April 30, 2014
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

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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    1. Dominic aka Number Two: The world capital of comedy...Berlin, Germany.
    – Submitted by Peter A (3 months ago)
    1. Animal: Bad frog, Bad frog!
    – Submitted by Alex R (3 months ago)
    1. Constantine: My name first, then space bar, space bar, space bar, your name.
    – Submitted by Matt R (3 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
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