TMNT Reviews

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October 6, 2007
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.
March 31, 2007
What remains is intensely numbing action scenes, poor plot machinations and joyless character sketches all rendered in exquisitely cold CGI.
March 31, 2007
Words cannot easily express how profoundly unrewarding it is to revisit the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
March 31, 2007
A passable brand rebooting exercise that will impress younger kids even if it doesn't satisfy older fans.
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.
March 23, 2007
It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.
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.
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.
March 23, 2007
TMNT offers some real thrills. The computer animation gives the turtles relatively believable expressions, movements, musculature and (green) skin tones.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2007
The turtles themselves occasionally look like they're made out of plasticine, but hey it's way better than watching four grown men prance about in rubber shell suits...
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