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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 4

If it's not quite as sharp as The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan is still a smart, delightfully old-fashioned tale that follows the formula established by the first two movies -- a madcap adventure assisted by a huge group of human stars.

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Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

If it's not quite as sharp as The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan is still a smart, delightfully old-fashioned tale that follows the formula established by the first two movies -- a madcap adventure assisted by a huge group of human stars.



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Jim Henson's Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway in this charming film that also chides show business and its foibles. Kermit the Frog has just put together a successful variety show at Danhurst college (probably somewhere between Amherst and Dartmouth), and although he would like to mount it on Broadway so he would have a hit and be able to marry Miss Piggy, he cannot find backers. The Muppets are then forced to take jobs to support themselves, and it is

Jun 5, 2001

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4) | DVD (10)

A genuinely fun confection of old-fashioned entertainment.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie is breezily fun and every bit as entertaining as its predecessors.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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During the 94 minutes of this delightful movie, the Muppets graduate from college, hit New York, are parted and reunited minutes before curtain-up, with Kermit saved from amnesia by a right hook from Miss Piggy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The fact that this plot is not original does not deter you, Kermit, nor should it. It's still a good plot.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite including some of the darkest overtones of any of the Muppet movies, [it] is undoubtedly the sweetest and most nakedly good-natured, almost to the point of dysfunction.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Maybe the least-appreciated and best Muppet movie.

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

Not as good or as hip as its predecessors, but the Muppet gang remains fairly charming.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not as good as the original Muppet Movie, but close.

June 26, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

The Muppets are always great. Heartbreaking plot with a joyous end.

July 14, 2003

The weakest of the Henson-era Muppet movies, but still a charmer.

June 12, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Runs a close second to The Muppet Movie for pure Jim Henson magic.

August 16, 2002

Simply an overblown East Coast copy of the original Muppet Movie.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...medium rare...

June 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for The Muppets Take Manhattan

Not the best of the Muppet films, alittle dull actually but there are still some excellent set pieces, the Muppets all riding bikes, the Mahattan scenes all look nice but the Broadway scenes are kinda plain and abit tooooo theatrical haha
Its just missing that zany Muppet magic, just abit too flat, still a better movie than most kiddie films these days, pure family fun.
October 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

The best of the Muppets.
May 14, 2011
Lucas Martins

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A great Creation from the mind of Jim Henson, with great songs, puppetry, plot, and acting. The only i didn't like was the random moment when kermit gets amnesia and i just thought it was useless for the movie
February 7, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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For my 215th review, I'll be doing my favorite of the numerous Muppet movies, "The Muppets Take Manhattan"! Its got comedy, music, and great writing. Its what you'd expect from a movie that both kids and adults will enjoy.

The plot follows the Muppet gang as they come straight out of college. After performing a successful play in fron of the campus' students, the gang plans to take their play to Broadway and get it produced. Much hialarity and funniness ensues.

I'm not a big fan of musicals but I do enjoy watching them. This one has great toe-tapping tunes that anyone will be humming and singing for years to come. The amazing puppeteering allows the characters to perform the musical sequences amazingly.

Like a lot of the Muppets movies and specials, this one has great writing. The dialogue is so funny. Who knew puppets and humans can have great chemistry together? A smart script is the key to a good movie in my opinion. Trust me on this one, folks!

As we come to a close, all I want to say is that this is the best Muppet movie ever!!! The music is well composed, the songs have great lyrics, the writing is perfects, the jokes and gags stay funny and fresh and never wear, and its entertaining! "The Muppets Take Manhattan" is just as good as "The Muppet Movie"! Wait, I take that back! Better! But I can't decide if the original is better or worse. Hence the fact that they have the same ratings.

Me writing this review is making me more anticipated for Jason Segal's Muppet movie that will be out later this year. Can't wait to see the Muppets come back to the screen for the first time in 12 years. Yes. Its been that long.


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January 19, 2011
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