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.
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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.
When a film can waste a character actor as respected as Fichtner, you know there are bigger problems beyond a slightly hackneyed script.
Those poor old Teenage Ninja Turtles should have been left tin hibernation.
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.
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.
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
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Quotes
|Michaelangelo:||She's so hot I can feel my shell tightening.|
|Raphael:||We can hear you!|
|Donatello:||Maybe he's a Jedi?|
|Raphael:||I only saw Batman once.|
|April O'Neil:||What are you?|
|Donatello:||Technically, we're turtles.|
|Michaelangelo:||And we're teenagers. But we can still have adult conversations.|
|April O'Neil:||So you're...Ninja Mutant Turtle Teenagers?|
|Donatello:||When you put it like that, it sounds ridiculous!|
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