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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is produced by MICHAEL BAY (director and executive producer of the blockbuster Transformers franchise), Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Ian Bryce, and directed by JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans).(c) Paramountmore
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Evan Daugherty, Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2014
Box Office: $191.2M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Megan Fox
as April O'Neil
Pete Ploszek
as Leonardo
Johnny Knoxville
as Leonardo (voice only...
Jeremy Howard
as Donatello
Noel Fisher
as Michaelangelo
Will Arnett
as Vern Fenwick
Tony Shalhoub
as Splinter (voice only...
William Fichtner
as Eric Sacks
Whoopi Goldberg
as Bernadette Thompson
Madison Mason
as Councilman
Taran Killam
as McNaughton
K. Todd Freeman
as Dr. Baxter Stockman
Paul Fitzgerald
as Dr. O'Neil
Malina Weissman
as Young April O'Neil
Venida Evans
as Subway Hostage
Mikal A. Vega
as Sacks Bodyguard
Chris Wylde
as Reporter
Chance Kelly
as Mr. Rivetti
Rick Chambers
as News Anchor
Leyna Nguyen
as News Anchor
Derek Mears
as Dojo Ninja
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (33)

It has hints of heart, and one or two good sequences, but a rent-a-baddie villainy, a poor storyline and paper thin characters leave it floundering in generic action territory.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Fan The Fire

Liebesman's remade The Amazing Spider-Man.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014
The Ooh Tray

When a film can waste a character actor as respected as Fichtner, you know there are bigger problems beyond a slightly hackneyed script.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
SFX Magazine

Cowabunga? Cowabuggeroff!

Full Review… | October 19, 2014
Observer [UK]

Those poor old Teenage Ninja Turtles should have been left tin hibernation.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014

An exercise in product-placement so blatant it makes the last Transformer outing seem subtle by comparison.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
Irish Independent

Audience Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nothing that made the original films (minus the third) fun and enjoyable was retained in this new revision of the series. Missing is the goofball humor, cheesy but acceptably fun storylines, and worst of all: the camaraderie between the turtles. All of this is replaced with generic blockbuster action sequences and no hint of style. This is just CGI overload with bad dialogue and rote storytelling. Worst of all it is completely uninteresting and boring. I'm willing to accept changes if done well, but all of the changes in the new version didn't work and it felt like the soul of the series was completely missing throughout. Do not waste your time on this.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


Jonathan Liebesman dishes out the plain old cheese pizza in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sliding in at a mere 90 minutes, it is a quick viewing. Aside from a mediocre 15 minute opening, the pace picks up and moves at a quick stride the rest of the way. The problem is that the back-story is poor, the characters aren't built up, and the plot details are too simple for its own good.

A ton of action explodes its way onto the screen. Highly stylized and heavy reliance on CG is both its shining moment and downfall. The CG allows for some adrenaline packed material, but at the same time, there isn't enough down-to-earth martial arts choreography.

The mixture of CG and real life characters don't work all that well. Megan Fox and Will Arnett have terrible characters and too much screen time in comparison to the real stars of the show, the 4 turtles. Thanks to the lack of time focused on the turtles, the voice-work takes getting used to; however, it is much better than watching any of the human characters.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has its ups and downs leaving a picture that just slides on by.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


Aside from the occasional turtle-humor, this live-adaptation is mediocre at best. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes' disarray origins strays away die-hard fans and its obscure narrative leaves audiences befuddled, leaving room for much, much more room for improvement if it's to launch into a brand-new film franchise. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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