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

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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
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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.
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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
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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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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2014
The plot of Turtles II hinges on toxic waste and that turns out to be a pretty accurate description of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Neither as fun nor as faithful to the spirit of the original comics. It's a bigger, slicker movie, but not a better one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 6, 2001
Next time, if the Turtles really want to hurt 'em, they should call on Hammer.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Didn't seem quite as good as the first -- at least, in terms of reproducing the atmosphere of the original.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Today's kids are learning from the Turtles that the world is a sinkhole of radioactive waste, that it's more reassuring to huddle together in sewers than take your chances competing at street level, and that individuality is dangerous. Cowabunga.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.