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The Smurfs (2011)


Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 90

Critics Consensus: The Smurfs assembles an undeniably talented cast of voice actors and live-action stars -- then crushes them beneath a blue mound of lowest-common-denominator kiddie fare.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: The Smurfs assembles an undeniably talented cast of voice actors and live-action stars -- then crushes them beneath a blue mound of lowest-common-denominator kiddie fare.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 69,866


Movie Info

The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they're forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. -- (C) Sony … More

PG (for some mild rude humor and action)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
J. David Stem , David N. Weiss , Jay Scherick , David Ronn
In Theaters:
Dec 2, 2011
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Columbia - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Smurfs

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (90) | DVD (5)

To play The Smurfs Drinking Game you will need: Two 500cl bottles of Blue Bols (per player), one white sleeping cap, ample powder-blue face paint and too much spare time.

Full Review… | August 9, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Smurfs ends up being just below average, it won't give you nightmares, and small ones might dig it.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Top Critic

That two sequels have been announced is terrifying.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the Smurf word substitutions more naughty than nice ("Who Smurfed?" or "Where the Smurf are we?"). That's Smurfed up.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The Smurfs mostly takes place in a grown-up world of cosmetics advertising and expectant parents. Without a child character to interpret and join the action, it's a pretty dull way to introduce young viewers to the new blue crew.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

If your kid loves this, your kid needs to read a book, or even, heck, play a video game. At least you can tell video game characters apart.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

The Smurfs is a cute family film that suffers from being a little formulaic and uninspired, and the CGI smurfs don't look like the original characters.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
We Got This Covered

Filmgoers who enjoyed the cartoon (or comic strips) as a kid will very likely be left with the taste of sour Smurfberries.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

The kids might enjoy it, but The Smurfs is nothing but an annoying, noisy commercial for Sony products. Save for Hank Azaria's amusing take on Gargamel, the film is fatty junk food.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012

...a cynical extension, not even an earnest spin-off.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Film Journal International

The Smurf's is a cute film . . . if cute's your thing.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Once in awhile, a movie sets me searching for its origins. That's what 'The Smurfs' did. I guessed this movie wasn't quite what their creator had in mind - and I was right.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Call me Grouchy, but I say grown-ups should just say smurf it and avoid the film completely.

Full Review… | November 30, 2011

The film indulges in a level of product placement not seen since the glory days of Mac & Me.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
The Vine

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Movies for the Masses

The Smurfs isn't smurfing awesome, but it's also not a complete pile of smurf.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
The Standard

It is something of a relief that this energetic kids flick is partially better than it had any right to be.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Herald Sun (Australia)

The current incarnation of The Smurfs bears little resemblance to the classic cartoon, in a film likely to leave anyone other than hyperactive children feeling blue.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011

Takes the 80s favourite kids' cartoon and embellishes it with special effects, New York cliches and gutter humour so that the end result is a shiny but shallow copy of all that was great about the original TV series.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011

The Smurfs will likely be the best, most enjoyable kid film of 2011. And, yes, adults have been catered for. Dive in.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
The Age (Australia)

It's predictable kiddie fare and lags in the middle, but it's visually impressive, spirited and often fun.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

A smurfection of blue cutedom, The Smurfs (in 2D and 3D) makes good the promise that feeling blue can be a happy thing

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Everyone knows the Smurfs sing all day - and also that their song is repetitive and annoying.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Time to Play Magazine

Likely to enthral very small children only, The Smurfs starts with promise but peters out into something bland.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
The National

As the Smuppets take Manhattan, the script runs a blue streak of snappy self-marketing and sappy smurfimentalism. It's all so calculatingly self-smurmotional.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for The Smurfs

Dumb movie about Smurfs running around in NYC.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

While it is garbage in terms of the animation and the humor, it makes up for its good blend of animation and live action and I will admit the humor did suck but it did get a couple chuckles out of me. Also the voice acting isn't half bad either and each of the actors do decent jobs. I didn't really grow up with the Smurfs very much and didn't really start watching the series until about 4 years ago and I will say it is a fun show but this movie really does somewhat fail in terms of the humor and character traits of the characters that they are representing, but it is a decent movie but it definitely isn't for everyone and really you have to be in the right mood to watch it.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Why did I watch this movie? "Smurfity-smurf-smurf-smurf".... Wow, the word smurf was probably used about 200 times. The smurfs themselves? FREAKIN annoyin. Who would like these blue things? Character development? None? The villain? Equivalent in terms of cheesiness, acting, and gayness as that of any Power Rangers villain. The live action actors? ...........actually, they were pretty good LOL.
Other then that, I haven't seen a movie this nauseating and annoyingly frustrating in a very long time. Too many pop-culture references that are not children-friendly or good spirited. Plus, THEY SAY SMURF TOO MANY DAMN TIMES -- "Where the Smurf are we?" "Smurfette, I think I smurfed your smurfing mom last smurfing night with my smurfilicious smurf." sthu! Every single scene was so geared towards 3-D that the movie becomes a roller-coaster ride.
Not a good movie for children or for adults. Hell, it's not for anybody. Really really boring too. Not recommended by any means.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


Cute movie about the a group of Smurfs who end up in New York, looking for a way home. Similar to Enchanted.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The Smurfs Quotes

Gargamel: Azrael? Are you DEAD?!
– Submitted by Cameron D (21 months ago)
Gargamel: Your milking it, don't milk it.
– Submitted by Matthew R (22 months ago)
Greedy Smurf: Is anyone else reading these signs?
– Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
Smurfette: You messed with the wrong smurf....HIYAH!
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)
Smurfette: Hi Grouchy. Are you having a good day? Grouchy Smurf: Don't talk to me! You will have a smurfache.
– Submitted by Robbin B (2 years ago)
Odile: And everyone will know the name that is... Garbageman!
– Submitted by Eduardo T (2 years ago)

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