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The Muppets (2011)


Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 197
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 43
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 87,833


Movie Info

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their … More

PG (for some mild rude humor)
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Jim Henson , Jason Segel , Nicholas Stoller
In Theaters:
Mar 20, 2012
Box Office:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Muppets

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (197) | Rotten (9) | DVD (8)

A film bursting at the seams with sheer, unadulterated joy: watch it, and the world seems just that little bit brighter...

Full Review… | February 7, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

It may not entirely work as a movie, but The Muppets shines as a piece of touching pop nostalgia.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The purity of the nostalgia turns this franchise film into a love letter to childhood.

Full Review… | December 5, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

You can rest easy - if you have previously loved the Muppets, you will likely currently love The Muppets.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
Top Critic

The chorus of one of the songs declares, 'I've got everything that I need, right in front of me.' For 120 minutes, that's precisely how I felt.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
The Atlantic
Top Critic

[Filmmakers] hew close to the essential innocence informing the Muppets' silliness.

Full Review… | November 23, 2011
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Serving as both a wondrous stroll down your childhood and a fantastic introduction to Kermit and company, this is a warmly inspired nostalgia kick that will delight both longtime fans and endear the franchise to a new generation.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

What is a Muppet? Is it something one is born? Is it something one chooses? Is it a state of mind? Is it a lifestyle?

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Flick Filosopher

The Muppets never went away, and "The Muppets" is a celebration of that. It's time to play the music, and it's time to light the lights.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

The giddiness that Jim Henson & Friends brought to the original Muppets is missing. The antic energy, the old vaudeville/TV variety show references are just plain alien to modern kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A Muppet film that not only lives up to the franchise legacy and, for some, might just end up being one of their all-time favorite adventures with Kermit and the gang.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

The muppets are back, just like we remember them, with catchy tunes and meta humor. Also, a great cast of cameo appearances is paired with a fun story and iconic characters that haven't been detrimentally modernized.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
We Got This Covered

A luminous and loving tribute to the man who breathed life into nothing but felt and faux fur.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

Marvellous. The Muppets manages to revitalise the family classic to create a hilarious and life-affirming delight.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

You can tell that these filmmakers grew up cherishing what was best about the Muppets. ... From the script to the colors to the body language, it all has Henson's heartbeat.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

As a died-in-the-wool Muppets fan, this overripe nostalgia trip only almost captures that Henson magic. There are moments of exhuberance, but they're scattered and isolated.

May 2, 2012
Projection Booth

An energetic return to form reminding audiences, both young and old, why everyone should love The Muppets.

Full Review… | April 4, 2012

Everything here just works. Its weird, colorful world is breath of cinema fresh air. The Muppets is a world where you just have to believe that these "muppets" are real and not question the whys and how of it.

Full Review… | March 28, 2012
Eclipse Magazine

If you're not a joyless maniac with a soul of anthracite then you will work hard to imagine how this project could have been better handled.

Full Review… | March 19, 2012
Irish Times

Warrants multiple viewings. I am currently considering raising my children on this film. If you don't come out feeling complete joy, you might want to check with your parents that they didn't find you in a crashed spaceship in a cornfield.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
The Popcorn Junkie

Disney's "The Muppets" is a solid family movie that breathes new life into an old franchise. Who'd have thought that were even possible?

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Movie Metropolis

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Movies for the Masses

Beneath the cleverness you'll find warmth, sweetness and real affection for our fine felt friends.

Full Review… | February 13, 2012
Movie Talk

Henson's Muppets had a nice line in dry wit. They were anarchic. Segel's are corporate stooges.

Full Review… | February 13, 2012
The Ooh Tray

During The Muppets' numerous highlights, movie-going is rarely this much fun.

Full Review… | February 13, 2012

The film's broad smiles and big-heartedness are bracingly disingenuous, the self-referential jokes well handled. Only the affection emanating from the audience is sincere.

Full Review… | February 11, 2012
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Muppets


"The Muppets" may be one of the corniest films of 2011, but it is happily one of the best. Jason Segel and Amy Adams lead the Muppets back to stardom, as a new Muppet (Walter) is fantasized of one day meeting the entire gang. When he travels to see them, he realizes that the Muppets studio is going to be torn down by a ruthless billionaire in order to savage the oil underneath. In order to save the theatre, the Muppets must perform one last show. After breaking the fourth wall countless times, having numerous (fantastical) musical numbers, a charming script, and an overwhelmingly joyful amount of cameos, "The Muppets" definitely concludes with a heartwarming lesson that will have all families (fans or not) applauding in tears. The jokes are endlessly funny and there is never a dull moment (disney pun). I absolutely loved the Muppets, but it does have it's moments of being a little over-cheesy and a few times will overshadow the story when they address the audience, but that will not stop me from calling this movie fantastic! "The Muppets" are back!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

i have to start by saying that i grew up on the muppets, that im a huge fan, that i loved watching this film, and that i thought it was very solid, thus the solid score. i had some big issues, but lets start with the good. well, really the only good we need is the muppets. theyre just amazing. i dont own a kermit watch, but i understand walter's fandom. we should really be getting a new muppets film every few years. however, i had some issues here as well. my kids laughed at the fart jokes, but they are really sub standard for muppets material, and felt out of place. the big show that the film led to was very underwhelming. i hoped for something involved. the celebrity appearances were also underwhelming, and a bit disappointing in terms of purpose. the end was rushed and very anti climactic, and was weakened by an obvious plot hole in the development of the major conflict in the film. and my biggest issue was that the entire plot device of "we dont talk and need to get the band back together" undermines the frequency of their activity over the past few years, such as their network Christmas special just a couple of years ago, and the establishment of their lore and material of previous muppets films and tv shows. i know it sounds like im being overly critical of a movie with a bunch of puppets, but they are more than puppets to me. it didnt have to be perfect, but i did want the film to respect previous continuity of the characters, and this is one of the main things i felt that it was weak in. i was also disappointed that we didnt get any rizzo. apparently he was in a scene, but he didnt speak, and i missed him altogether. overall, i actually did really enjoy it, im glad it got made, and i hope that we dont have to wait too long to see these characters again.

danny d

Super Reviewer


Fun. Silly. Stupid.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


The Muppets!!!

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The Muppets Quotes

So you guys aren't getting back together?
This is going to be a really short movie.
– Submitted by Jillian L (15 months ago)
How come you didn't use me in the montage? I thought my story was pretty interesting.
You wanna get back together?
Okay. Classic.
– Submitted by Jillian L (15 months ago)
No drums! No drums! Jack Black said no drums!
– Submitted by Jillian L (15 months ago)
Wow Gary, I think it's so cool you're taking Mary to Los Angeles! I can't believe you guys have been dating for ten years!
Well, yeah, Mary wanted to do something really special for our 10th anniversary, and she's always wanted to go to Los Angeles!
Make sure and send me a postcard from the muppet studios!
– Submitted by T R (2 years ago)
Elderly Aisan Woman:
Is this Universal studios?
Tour Guide:
Yes it is.
– Submitted by Josh S (2 years ago)
September? That's almost six months from now!
Fozzie Bear:
That's nothing. Once, I waited a whole year for September.
– Submitted by Sarah C (2 years ago)

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