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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie



Critic Consensus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is exactly as advertised: one-liners, brawls, and general silliness. Good for the young at heart, irritating for everyone else.

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Movie Info

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is the live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles--Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello--have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of a large city. Under the guidance of a ninja master Splinter the Rat and television reporter April, the Turtles embark on a mission to run crime out of the city and battle the warlord Shredder. The Turtles have been designed by Jim Henson Productions and effortlessly fit into the live-action surroundings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovimore
Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bobby Herbeck, Todd W. Langen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 1997
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Judith Hoag
as April O'Neil
Elias Koteas
as Casey Jones
Josh Pais
as Raphael/Man In Cab
Ray Serra
as Chief Stearns
Michelan Sisti
as Michaelangelo/Pizza ...
Leif Tilden
as Donatello/Foot Messe...
David Forman
as Leonardo/Gang Member
Michael Turney
as Danny Pennington
Jay Patterson
as Charles Pennington
Raymond Serra
as Chief Sterns
James Saito
as The Shredder
Sam Rockwell
as Head Thug
Robbie Rist
as Michaelangelo
Brian Tochi
as Leonardo
Louis Cantarini
as Cab Driver
Ju Yu
as Shinsho
Cassandra Ward-Freem...
as Charles' Secretary
Corey Feldman
as Donatello
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Movie Hoodlum
John Rogers
as New Recruit
Robert Haskell
as Tall Teen
Joshua Bo Lozoff
as Beaten Teen
Tae Pak
as Talkative Foot
John D. Ward
as Movie Hoodlum
Kenn Troum
as Talkative Foot
Winston Hemingway
as Police Officer
Joe Inscoe
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14)

The one subplot that could have been milked, about a young friend of O'Neil's who falls in with the gang, is handled indifferently and fails to supply much in the way of a youthful identification figure.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The cynicism of the motion picture industry will be apparent to any child who is exposed to the many product plugs for a nationwide pizza delivery company.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

As a movie, Ninja Turtles would make a better cereal. It looks like it needs a little milk and mother-wit poured over it, something to make it snap, crackle and pop.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

Never beat the original film down Michael Bay!

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Despite dated puppet effects and sometimes cheesy dialogue, TMNT the movie is also surprisingly darker and more mature than expected. They absolutely nail the tight bond between father and sons with the turtles and Splinter. The action sequences are fun to watch even though they are relatively simple because of the limitations of the puppets. I have a soft spot for this film because I loved it when I was a kid. I sat down and rewatched it with the same giddiness I had as a child and it made me feel young again. Ultimately, it's not a great film, but I enjoy it and if you grew up on it I'm sure it holds a special place for you too.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

This live action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film definitely feels like it pays tribute to the old show in many ways, while also going a bit too far in some moments. I felt like the puns overshadowed some of the scenes, which I'm sure it was intended that way, but it took me out of the film in some portions. The witty humour is perfect in this film and the Turtles are all portrayed in an enjoyable fashion. It's nothing spectacular, but the direction is fine, the script is good enough, the animatronics of the Turtles is pretty impressive for it's time and budget, and the fight scenes are hilariously awesome to watch. This film holds a place in my heart as being dumb amazing fun!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Quotes

Leonardo: Awesome!!!
Michaelangelo: Righteous!!!
Donatello: Bosa Nova!!!
Michaelangelo: Bosa Nova?
Donatello: Chevy Nova? . . . . . Excellent!!!!!
– Submitted by Joe N (23 months ago)
Donatello/Foot Messenger: You're a claustrophobic!
Casey Jones: I never even looked at another guy!
– Submitted by Justin O (2 years ago)
Donatello/Foot Messenger: Good thing these guys aren't lumberjacks!
Michelangelo/Pizza Man: The only thing safe in the woods would be the trees!
– Submitted by Justin O (2 years ago)
Michaelangelo: Just ninja-kick the damn rabbit!
– Submitted by Chris R (2 years ago)

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