The Great Muppet Caper (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)



Critic Consensus: The Great Muppet Caper is overplotted and uneven, but the appealing presence of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang ensure that this heist flick is always breezily watchable.

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The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed to escape and frame Miss Piggy as the thief. Kermit, Fozzie and the Great Gonzo set out on a mission to solve the mystery and track down the criminals who stole the Baseball Diamond. There are fewer star cameos and songs in The Great Muppet Caper than in The Muppet Movie, although appearances from John Cleese and Charles Grodin are particularly memorable. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Great Muppet Caper

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Like its predecessor, this film is its own best fan.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

During their late-70s heyday the Muppets won huge TV audiences with their corny puns and showbiz in-jokes, but stretched to feature length the formula loses some of its snap.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

The songs are routine, but the inconsequential plot leaves plenty of time for engaging asides.

February 9, 2006
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We don't care about some dumb diamond the size of a baseball, and as Muppet fans we're probably also indifferent to Henson's ambition to satirize old movie genres.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie contains several more cheery, Disneyesque songs than are necessary, but they are made tolerable by the presence of Kermit and Miss Piggy.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The usual pleasures are all here, but the puppeteers seemed especially intent on giving themselves logistical challenges this time around.

June 7, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great Muppet Caper

The first Muppet movie was very focused on introducing characters and revolved around being a road movie, comedy. In this second of the Muppet films, our now established friends play various characters in a thriller concerning precious jewels being stolen from a fashion designer. Reporters Kermit and Fozzy must team up with a squadron of misfits and Miss Piggy in order to catch the culprits. The film respects its characters, but often makes a lot of in-jokes and meta references to the fact that the Muppets are playing characters, and also that Kermit and Fozzy are "identical twins" because they both wear hats. There are a lot of great musical numbers performed by the Muppets, including a water ballet routine by Miss Piggy in her true over the top fashion. The supporting actors are great, including a crotchety Charles Grodin, and an overly nice John Cleese, in a great cameo appearance. Wildly entertaining and certainly fun, the Muppets make yet enough grand old film.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Of all the Muppet movies I've seen, I enjoyed this the least. I couldn't follow the plot at some points and the story just didn't intrest me. The Muppets solving a mystery just isn't my type. But there is still funny quotes and the movie has its moments. That is why I am giving this a 60%. Funny dialogue scene: (A truck driver is pushed out of his truck and is thrown next to a trach can. A person comes out of the garbage can next to him.) Truck Driver: "What are you doing here?" Oscar the Grouch: "A very brief cameo." Truck Driver: "Me too."

Bentley Lyles
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

A good story, but not as funny as the first movie. I liked this movie when I was a kid, but now that I see it again, it's not as good as I remembered. Anyway, it's enjoyable and kids will like it.

Aj V
Aj V

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