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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Reviews

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 6, 2014
Despite brisk direction by Steve Barron, plus unbridled energy and fine special effects, an overt glorification of violence is still at the crux of this stunt film.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Between the dubbed dialogue and the dark visuals, the cumulative effect is curiously dislocating.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 6, 2014
A movie that displays two traits nobody would ever associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It is grim and it is no fun.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie is nowhere near as bad as it might have been, and probably is the best possible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 6, 2014
Elias Koteas scores as a mock-turtle vigilante, and there are some nifty turtle effects from the Henson Creature Shop, but little else hits the target, despite Barron covering the cracks with fast editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
August 28, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
November 4, 2002
Panderingly kid-centric and obnoxious commercialism at its most profitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 46/100
Eric D. Snider
November 29, 2003
Let us not contemplate the sorts of lustful images that must run through the mind of a hormonal teen-age turtle.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Joins the limited but infamous ranks of Comics Characters Who Never Should've Gotten Their Own Live-Action Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Muppetry coaxes campy '90s hit out of its shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2014
Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2014
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 3, 2011
...an uneven, needlessly episodic adaptation that simply isn't able to justify its feature-length running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
May 27, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 28, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
There is no excuse
| Original Score: 0/5
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