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The Muppet Movie Reviews

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
June 1, 2015
The cast are all here, along with the technical wizardry, but the dialogue staggers from one leaden gag to another and there is an unmistakeable note of desperation throughout.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Slapstick chases and weak movie references look tired, while the attitude towards Miss Piggy and Camilla the Chicken is, well, less than progressive.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Skow
TIME Magazine
May 6, 2008
The transition from the yank-'em-off-if-they-bomb lunacy of the TV show to the coherent narration of the film is not a complete success.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 15, 2013
while The Muppet Movie is certainly entertaining, the shift to a coherent, linear, feature-length narrative deprives the film the show's brilliantly structured inanity
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
Regardless of your interpretation, it's a movie that's great to share with parents, with siblings, or with children, and it maintains a mature comedic edge that will leave multiple generations enjoying the same experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 1, 2015
Jolson sang, Barrymore spoke, Garbo laughed, and now Kermit the Frog rides a bicycle... If you can figure out how they were able to show Kermit pedaling across the screen, then you are less a romantic than I am: I prefer to believe he did it himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Great tunes, funny cameos, snarky puppet freaks ... what's not to love?
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 30, 2002
God, I miss Jim Henson.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 21, 2011
The most condensed and purified expression of the starry-eyed optimistic humanism that defined all of Henson's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
First Muppet movie is a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 14, 2006
Not only was The Muppet Movie a great children's movie in 1979, one that viewers of all ages could enjoy, but it's still a great children's movie today.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 6, 2008
Jim Henson, Muppet originator, and Frank Oz, creative consultant, have abandoned the successful format of their vidshow, and inserted their creations into a well-crafted combo of musical comedy and fantasy adventure.
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 4, 2005
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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
genius!
| Original Score: 5/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
November 28, 2005
The Muppet Movie has never suffered, still one of many great reasons to be a movie buff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 2, 2013
'The Muppet Movie' is one big road trip, and like 'The Blues Brothers' there's a payoff not just at the end, but around nearly every corner. Music only sweetens the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
A great movie to watch when you want to feel like a kid again, which is why it is such a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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