Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)



Critic Consensus: Not only is the movie's juvenile dialogue unbearable for adults, but the turtles' dopey and casual attitude towards physical violence makes them poor kids' role models.

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The crime-fighting Turtles -- Michaelangelo (Michelan Sisti), Donatello (Leif Tilden), Raphael (Kenn Troum), and Leonardo (Mark Caso) -- return in this quickly made sequel to the popular superheroes' first film. The story concerns arch-enemy Shredder, who kidnaps nutty professor Jordan Perry David Warner, the man who invented the infamous ooze, in order to use the ooze to destroy the Turtles. Shredder enlists his hapless German shepherd puppy named Rahzar and a baby snapping turtle named Toko and dips them in the ooze to turn them into horrible and imposing ninja warriors. But on the Turtles' side is proficient kick-boxing pizza boy Keno (Ernie Reyes Jr.), who uses his moves to help the Turtles stop Shredder and his monster warriors. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Paige Turco
as April O'Neil
David Warner
as Prof. Jordan Perry
Michelan Sisti
as Michaelangelo/Soho Man
Leif Tilden
as Donatello/Foot Soldier #3
Kenn Troum
as Raphael
Mark Caso
as Leonardo
Kevin Clash
as Splinter
François Chau
as Shredder
Raymond Serra
as Chief Sterns
Ray Serra
as Chief Stems
Mark Ginther
as Rahzar
Kurt Bryant
as Tokka
Kevin Nash
as Supershredder
Joseph Amodei
as Pizza Parlor Owner
Nick DeMarinis
as Parlor Assistant
Brian Tochi
as Leonardo
Kelli Rabke
as Teenage Girl
Susan Essman
as Soho Woman
Lee Spencer
as Foot Member
Gianpolo Bonaca
as Foot Member
Mark Doerr
as Freddy
Tim Parati
as Crew Member
John Brady
as TGRI Assistant
John E. Brady
as TGRI Assistant #1
Bill Luhrs
as TGRI Assistant
Jon Thompson
as TGRI Worker
Michael Pressman
as News Manager Phil
Rick Colella
as Teenage Thug
Dewey Weber
as Foot Recruiter
Sasha Pressman
as Old Woman Sophie
David Pressman
as Old Man
Gregory Salata
as Promoter
Lisa Chess
as Audience Member
Vanilla Ice
as Himself
as Disk Jockey
Gregg Salata
as Promoter
Mak Wilson
as Promoter's Aide
Mark Grinage
as Dancer #1
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (15)

I don't think my negative reaction is a case of a parent forgetting the sort of mindless entertainment that he himself enjoyed as a child; rather the turtle fights are more depressing than joyful.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The artful grunge is gone -- and so's the edge. The whole movie is bright yet colorless

August 6, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

More dialogue-heavy and somewhat less frenetic, this sequel is somewhat more to my own taste.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One finds in them the same unabashed enjoyment of color and movement, of spectacular athletics and outrageous stunts, that animates the Hong Kong action cinema as a whole and makes it so superbly entertaining.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If the new film is considerably less imaginative than your average Punch-and-Judy show, it is, nevertheless, a step up from last year's turtle-fest.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
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The plot of Turtles II hinges on toxic waste and that turns out to be a pretty accurate description of the film.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze


Sillier than the original and it's a little disappointing that they had to recast April, but still fun to watch. I can't say this is as good as the original because it feels like a step down, but I always enjoyed this one the most growing up and that still holds true. It doesn't take itself seriously at all, but still retains what makes TMNT fun (unlike number 3). There are times when they take the silliness too far, but overall it is pretty enjoyable and kids will most certainly love it. It has a special charm that is unexplainable to me.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

The sequel to the cult children's film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" definitely loses the flare that made the first film so enjoyable, but the puns and choreography is more clever and dumb than ever, making this still a fun film to watch, even though you know you are viewing a pretty bad movie. Again, I respect anyone who bashes this trilogy, because I will have nothing to back it up, but the Turtles are just so loveable that you can't deny it's slight charm it has over you. The direction is fine, the acting is still hilarious, and the plot is even more preposterous this time around and the return of the main villain is never explained. I had a lot of fun watching this film, but I have no trouble admitting it is pretty lame. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze" is not terrible, but if I return to the series, it will be to the original!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

4 turtles and a canister of ooze is what's on the table in Michael Pressman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Pizza too.

Cheesy, yet radically amusing is how the story plays out for its 80 minute entirety. Definitely, not as strong as its predecessor, but easily more entertaining. There isn't much in the way of character buildup, especially when all of the major characters have already gone through that in the first film.

While lacking emphasis on the individual weapons of the turtles, the martial arts segments have excellent choreography. The scenes at the end with music provided by Vanilla Ice is worthy of note. "Go ninja, go ninja, go!"

For 4 people in turtle costumes, the acting is what it is, backed by acceptable voice work. Paige Turco gets lost in the shuffle as April O'Neil. Ernie Reyes Jr. gets a chance to showcase top notch martial arts skills.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze passes by as quickly as a ninja vanishes. Cowabunga!

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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