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TMNT

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TMNT Reviews

Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
April 5, 2007

...while the visuals are terrific, the plot is a distracting clunker that feels like it was written one line at a time by a bunch of overexcited fan-board commentators playing a round-robin storytelling game.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tom Charity
CNN.com
Top Critic
March 31, 2007

A passable brand rebooting exercise that will impress younger kids even if it doesn't satisfy older fans.

Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
Top Critic
March 31, 2007

What remains is intensely numbing action scenes, poor plot machinations and joyless character sketches all rendered in exquisitely cold CGI.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
March 26, 2007

I guess if you read the comic strip and you played the video games and you watched the TV show and dug the earlier movies, you'll dig this new version. For me, I didn't do any of that stuff.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

Worst of all is the lack of genuine laughs. Writer-director Kevin Munroe has apparently forgotten that the Ninja Turtle phenomenon started as rib-nudging parody.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

Everything should look familiar to longtime turtles fans -- their underground sanctuary, complete with video games; the rooftops where the heroes convene at night, surveying the city. But it all looks and feels reconceived, refreshingly so.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

TMNT offers some real thrills. The computer animation gives the turtles relatively believable expressions, movements, musculature and (green) skin tones.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

There's an attention to detail in the visuals and sound design that pushes it up several notches above most kiddie fare. It's not art, dude, but it will do.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

There are endless scenes in which the turtles sit around discussing their feelings. All the talk of anger management and sibling rivalry is sure to test the attention spans of viewers in every age group.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

Time stands still during the many feeble jokes; the Turtles comic book came out in 1984, the last year you could get a laugh just by ending a sentence with the word 'dude.'

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

These characters don't feel like the turtles of old; there's not enough excitement to reinvent the franchise, and just barely enough to revive it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

Despite the doll-like cartoonishness of the human figures (O Pixar, what hast thou wrought?), the filmmakers seem to expect us to take this animated romp seriously. Too seriously.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

Completely pointless. Didn't three features in the early 1990s and countless cartoon incarnations take these crime-fighting critters as far as they could go?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

The animated fight scenes are both beautiful and realistic. You forget you're watching a computer-animated feature. In a film about ninja turtles, you couldn't really ask for anything more. Other than perhaps a sequel, that is.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

TMNT is a junk-food pastry. The plot is the wrapper. The action is the oily sponge cake. And the message -- family, family, family -- is the processed cream filling.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

The turtles themselves may look prettier, but are no smarter; torn irreparably from their countercultural roots, our superheroes on the half shell have been firmly co-opted by the industry their creators once sought to spoof.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
Top Critic
March 23, 2007

It's not exactly Renaissance art, but it is an honourable attempt to revive the turtle-tastic franchise.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

It has a dreadful Ghostbusters-Stargate plot, virtually no decent jokes, but toss in a little digital skateboarding, a lot of digital swordfighting (gunplay, too), a couple of 'Cowabungas,' and you've got yourself a hit. They hope.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gene Seymour
Newsday
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

What's lacking, except in too-quick flashes, are some of the subtler spices -- wit, self-mockery -- strewn through this franchise in all its various formats.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

Now and then one character accuses another of glorifying violence, 'that brute vigilante junk.' Talk about hypocrisy: Without the brute vigilante junk, this 82-minute picture would be approximately 2 minutes long.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

As a piece of film design, the movie is first-rate; on sheer aesthetics alone, it rivals Triumph of the Will for astonishments.

Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 21, 2007

This all-CG reboot is missing the goofy excitement of the old TMNT.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 20, 2007

Unlikely to achieve BFF status with the MMORPG set, this CGI feature is light on the LOL factor, heavy on the ADD action scenes, and, like, TOOIFM (Totally Out Of Its Freakin' Mind).

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
March 20, 2007

Ultimately, the movie seems driven more by the need to keep a toy line and franchise alive than any creative inspiration.

Peter Debruge
Variety
Top Critic
March 20, 2007

Ditching the cheeky, self-aware wink that helped to excuse the concept's inherent corniness, the movie attempts to look polished and 'cool,' but the been-there animation can't compete with the then-cutting-edge puppetry of the 1990 live-action movie.