Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2015
Kitschy nostalgia trip with some martial-arts violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 6, 2014
While Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello are the spunky, upstaging stars of the film, they also have a better cast and story to work with.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2014
One finds in them the same unabashed enjoyment of color and movement, of spectacular athletics and outrageous stunts, that animates the Hong Kong action cinema as a whole and makes it so superbly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 21, 2010
This is one of those rare sequels that actually lives up quite nicely to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine
May 18, 2008
This lacks the darkness and subtlty that makes th first film so good, and so adult, but its simplified plot and gags will appeal to the under tens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 10, 2007
The murky lighting, uninteresting human characters and violence of the original have been modified in the more amiable sequel, mostly to good effect.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2007
One can have a reasonably amusing time with this predictable sequel, which is a bit longer on action and shorter on wit and character than the original.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The bigger budget is a blessing.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The Turtles, when not battling Shredder or providing Vanilla Ice with the basis for a rap number, kid around in enjoyable ways.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 27, 2003
The muppets look mighty fake, and Vanilla Ice was better in Cool as Ice, but check out wrestler Kevin Nash as Super Shredder.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
Even more fun than the original!
| Original Score: 3/5
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Donna Britt
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The second TMNT has enough jokes aimed at adults to make for a relatively painless outing for parents forced to take their kids to see it.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The production values are wonderful (due in large part to the work of Animatronic Puppeteers and Jim Henson's Creature Shop) and the script is quick and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 14, 2014
Hellbent on being innocuous, high-spirited fun, but it just comes off as shrill and shallow and dimwitted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2014
I don't think my negative reaction is a case of a parent forgetting the sort of mindless entertainment that he himself enjoyed as a child; rather the turtle fights are more depressing than joyful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
August 6, 2014
The artful grunge is gone -- and so's the edge. The whole movie is bright yet colorless
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 6, 2014
The plot, as primitive as it is, still isn't very clear; it never acquires the spontaneity or the force of a true "story" but seems to exist mainly as a pretext for the familiar Ninja banter so beloved of the cult, as in "Cowabunga, dudes," and such forth
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2014
More dialogue-heavy and somewhat less frenetic, this sequel is somewhat more to my own taste.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 6, 2014
This sequel is less abrasive than its predecessor and was considerably less successful at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2014
If the new film is considerably less imaginative than your average Punch-and-Judy show, it is, nevertheless, a step up from last year's turtle-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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