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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 88

Neither entertaining enough to recommend nor remarkably awful, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles.

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 30

Neither entertaining enough to recommend nor remarkably awful, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles.

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The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan. Based on

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In one way, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a triumph for producer Michael Bay in that it is equally as godawful as his Transformers: Age of Extinction and a hit nonetheless.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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It's essentially a Transformers movie - a Michael Bay production complete with mass destruction, urban panic, white-hot lighting, inane quips, product placement, explosions and, well, Megan Fox.

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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I had to draw on my own ninja training and reflect intensively on the transitory nature of all phenomena, just to fend off the profound yearning for death.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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It's pretty much business as usual: one personality trait per turtle (with the most screen time for party-dude Michelangelo), lots of wisecracks, plenty of thin-crust product placement (Pizza Hut this time around), and even a last-minute cowabunga.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Turtles fans might have been looking for their own Avengers. They get Alvin and the Chipmunks on performance enhancers and mass-market pizza instead. In Hollywood, history repeats first as farce, then as marketing.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn't so much provide brainless enjoyment as it pummels the viewer into submission. "Shell-shocked" is a reasonable description of the experience.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Apparently designed as a Michael Bayhem gateway drug to hook the few kids considered too young for 'Transformers' movies, this grim and charmless update is about the last thing the culture needs: The 'Dark Knight' of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies.

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Kinda fun and enjoyable despite its dubious pedigree, not because of it. I got the distinct feeling this movie deserved a better treatment than it got from its makers.

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

This is frankly disposable entertainment, but to some degree it's a welcome parody of earnest superhero movies like those directed by Christopher Nolan, which for all their self-importance are fundamentally just as silly.

September 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The tone is light, the visual effects are outstanding and the unfairly maligned Megan Fox does a perfectly swell job at the centre of all the action in this heavy-hitting reboot of the cheesy 1980s mock-superhero phenomenon.

September 12, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

IT'S hard to figure out what's the most annoying thing about this TMNT reboot.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Michelangelo - or 'DJ Mikey' as he frustratingly demands to be known - harasses Fox's character, mentioning how she makes his shell harden (while she's unconscious, natch). He even wears a puka shell necklace, because he is the absolute worst.

September 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Something about a reptile in a ninja mask makes my heart sink.

September 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

A movie like this doesn't have to be serious to be good (or even just fun), but the people who make it have to take it seriously.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

I've seen Real Housewives with greater range, and making Fox the film's emotional center is, in the words of another Arnett character -- a huge mistake.

August 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

If you're a child, or a particularly undemanding adult with an inexplicable weakness for fluke popular culture of the 1980s, you'll be delighted with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

August 23, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

A ridiculously plotted and distressingly violent action movie that never makes the case for its own existence.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

There is barely any plot to speak of, and what little there is gets disposed of quickly, as though the film was humiliated by it.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

his is an impressive, action packed film with some terrific humor and an expectedly hokey plot that is both to its benefit and detriment.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

I think kids can get on board with most of what this latest edition offers; as a lifelong fan of the franchise I only wish that the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" got to be in their own movie more.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

The film isn't without it's flaws, but the gamble to use CGI/performance capture to bring the turtle boys to life pays off, and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is a solid opening to what hopefully becomes another series of fun summer films.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

Faithful to its predecessors in that it is loud, dumb, and aimed at 11-year-olds (and not the smart ones, either).

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

By this point in the season, there's something to be said for generic bombast that at least has the courtesy to come in under two hours.

August 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Reboot offers impressive action, distracting innuendo.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Another loud, obnoxious, ninety minute commercial with no grasp on what makes the source material it's adapting so appealing.

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

An insanely enjoyable and off the wall good-time at the movies. A terrific re-boot to a classic series that I and many others grew up with and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Producer, Michael Bay and Director, Jonathan Liebesman have delivered an explosive, hilarious and tremendously exciting guilty pleasure that you can watch again and again. This movie packs plenty of over the top martial arts action, spectacular special effects, outrageous humor and a lot of heart. The Turtles are done extremely well, they have great chemistry together and capture the real heart and essence of the Turtles and their brotherhood. William Fichtner is excellent. Megan Fox is surprisingly good in the film and really goes for it in this film. A non-stop action-packed joy-ride that's just awesome. A roller-coaster ride you don't want to get off of. One of the summers best and most enjoyable movies. A sensational adventure.
September 11, 2014
allan913

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Though all its glory comes from the effects work from behind a computer, the Michael Bay-esque Ninja Turtles are still a lot of fun. With exciting action sequences and great turtle banter, fans of the franchise should able to enjoy the film, as long as they go in with an open mind. Only then is the changed origin story and weak performances admissible. For those NOT familiar with the franchise, beware.
September 7, 2014
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Here's an updated take on the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". The rubber suits are out, and the CGI is in. Basically there isn't much to the movie, the turtles meet April O Neill and then battle Shredder to save New York. They joke around and love their pizza. This was surprisingly better than I anicipated it to be, however, I was hoping for a lot more humor. After seeing something like "Guardians of the Galaxy", it's eye opening as to how funny this could, and should have been. It does have some laughs, but it' too few and far between. For a turtles movie it is too dark at times. The action is phenomenal and the effects are top notch. Overall, it's good and probably the best of all the Turtle movies. Excited to see where the franchise goes from here, just hopefully it gets funnier.
August 22, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Even though a lot of audiences like this movie, I'm just not in the mood for praising it since Bay is getting addicted with advertising in the middle of the movie and for me its getting worse since Transformers 4.. Megan Fox as April so lovely but she really can't be look ugly isn't she?
August 20, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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    1. Michaelangelo: She's so hot I can feel my shell tightening.
    2. Raphael: We can hear you!
    – Submitted by Jagger C (35 days ago)
    1. Donatello: Maybe he's a Jedi?
    – Submitted by Kelly S (38 days ago)
    1. Raphael: I only saw Batman once.
    – Submitted by Beck S (39 days ago)
    1. April O'Neil: What are you?
    2. Leonardo: We're ninjas.
    3. Raphael: We're mutants!
    4. Donatello: Technically, we're turtles.
    5. Michaelangelo: And we're teenagers. But we can still have adult conversations.
    6. April O'Neil: So you're...Ninja Mutant Turtle Teenagers?
    7. Donatello: When you put it like that, it sounds ridiculous!
    – Submitted by Beck S (39 days ago)
    1. Donatello: I'm the one who licks the icing off the Pop-Tarts every morning and puts them back in the box.
    – Submitted by Rodrigo H (40 days ago)
    1. Shredder: I don't believe in fairy tales.
    – Submitted by Trina B (41 days ago)
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