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The Muppets (2011)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 207
Fresh: 198 | Rotten: 9

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.

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 3

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.

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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

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Comedy, Kids & Family

Jim Henson, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

Mar 20, 2012

$88.6M

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

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It may not entirely work as a movie, but The Muppets shines as a piece of touching pop nostalgia.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comment (1)
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The purity of the nostalgia turns this franchise film into a love letter to childhood.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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You can rest easy - if you have previously loved the Muppets, you will likely currently love The Muppets.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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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.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (6)
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[Filmmakers] hew close to the essential innocence informing the Muppets' silliness.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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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.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
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?

March 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

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.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

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

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
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.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmwell

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 | Comment (1)
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An energetic return to form reminding audiences, both young and old, why everyone should love The Muppets.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

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.

March 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
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.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
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.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
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?

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

full review at Movies for the Masses

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

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

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (6)
The Ooh Tray

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

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (11)
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Muppets

The Muppets!!!
July 18, 2013
Lucas Martins

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The Muppets must reunite to put on a show and save their theater.
Like The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle a few years ago, The Muppets cashes in on its nostalgia, supposing that the audience misses their bygone days. And while I vaguely remember enjoying the show as a child, there isn't much about the original that this film brings back. Whereas The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle had some remarkably funny puns, there isn't much to laugh at here. I chuckled a couple times, mostly at the remarks by the two curmudgeonly spectators, but there weren't any guffaws. Most disappointing were the musical numbers with the exception of Chris Cooper's rap; during her songs it seemed that Amy Adams was forcing a grin, knowing she should look happy. The plot unfolds just as anyone knows it would.
Overall, I wasn't impressed by this film, but Muppets fans might find something worth liking if only for the nostalgia.
May 14, 2013
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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Not the gross disaster I was led to believe by some passionate friends, The Muppets is an ode to the begotten ways of the muppets (Marinette-puppets) that have been with with us for nearly fifty years. Originally created by puppeteer Jim Henson, the world of Henson studios has branched out into Sesame Street, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and films such as The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. The Muppets references many of these facets and has a tone that respects the ways of the old gang while also making them fresh for an entirely new generation of fans. The muppets really needed a reboot, and after twelve years without a theatrical release they won big time with a script by uber fans Jason Segel and Nicolas Stoller. The film warrants comparisons to the first film entitled The Muppet Movie (1979), as this as well is studded with a plethora of guest cameos, contains many songs, and makes in-jokes, references, and stays true to the original vision of these now remembered childhood icons. The take on this is that the muppets have been forgotten by society, and the group has to reform in order to keep their studio from the evil clutches of Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) who wants to drill there for oil. It's a kitschy premise, but one that is mocked throughout. The tone is surprisingly dark for a children's film, which I generally liked, because it wasn't as waylaid as previous films which didn't have the same care and effort. Segel truly is a fan boy, and it's clear he's having a ball while shooting every scene. He and the cast did a bang up job of letting most of the screen time be dominated by the legends themselves, which I found refreshing. His and Amy Adams' performances were a bit hollow in spite of their forced enthusiasm, and though they remained cheery focal points, they didn't add much to the story. (That hurts me to say with Segel's appreciation and love so obvious and abundant.) The songs weren't all great, as evidenced by an evil villain rap from Chris Cooper, but I think they will mostly hold up in the future. It was sincerely enchanting throughout and a great way to introduce kids to a set of performers that haven't truly held the hearts of America since their groundbreaking show in the seventies. I'm glad to see the muppets looking fresh and unyielding to cop outs, thank God.
October 23, 2012
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

After the Muppets have been invisible in the cinemas for over 10 years now, so having a new muppet movie come out was a big surprise to me. But now that I've seen it, is my verdict that I think its a fantastic movie that is well worth your time, or do I think that it is a movie that you should definitely avoid at all costs? I actually think, it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, and it was kind of a disappointment. The film does very good at pulling at your heart strings and make you feel sorry for what happens to the characters, even if there are moments that are a bit iffy in the feelings. The pace of the film is very slow at some parts and it doesn't entertain as much as the past Muppet movies. I don't think it is a bad movie, but it doesn't give as much payoff as it could've been, especially for another Muppet film that I've been waiting to see in the theaters for over 10 years. Its good for kids, and you might be entertained by it, but overall it isn't the best Muppet movie, but it is good, but it isn't the best film I've seen this year.

2.5*s out of 5
Review originally written 12/4/11
August 13, 2012
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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    1. Gary: So you guys aren't getting back together?
    2. Kermit: No.
    3. Mary: This is going to be a really short movie.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (9 months ago)
    1. Rowlf: How come you didn't use me in the montage? I thought my story was pretty interesting.
    2. Kermit: Rowlf?
    3. Rowlf: Huh?
    4. Kermit: You wanna get back together?
    5. Rowlf: Okay. Classic.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (9 months ago)
    1. Animal: No drums! No drums! Jack Black said no drums!
    – Submitted by Jillian L (9 months ago)
    1. Walter: 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!
    2. Gary: Well, yeah, Mary wanted to do something really special for our 10th anniversary, and she's always wanted to go to Los Angeles!
    3. Walter: Make sure and send me a postcard from the muppet studios!
    – Submitted by T R (21 months ago)
    1. Elderly Aisan Woman: Is this Universal studios?
    2. Tour Guide: Yes it is.
    – Submitted by Josh S (23 months ago)
    1. Walter: September? That's almost six months from now!
    2. Fozzie Bear: That's nothing. Once, I waited a whole year for September.
    – Submitted by Sarah C (2 years ago)
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