Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie 1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is exactly as advertised: one-liners, brawls, and general silliness. Good for the young at heart, irritating for everyone else.

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In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas. The intrepid heroes -- Michelangelo (Robbie Rist), Donatello (Corey Feldman), Raphael (Josh Pais) and Leonardo (Brian Tochi) -- are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of Splinter, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it's up to the plucky turtles to stop him.

Cast & Crew

Judith Hoag
April O'Neil
Elias Koteas
Casey Jones
Josh Pais
Raphael, Man in Cab
Michelan Sisti
Michaelangelo, Pizza Man
Leif Tilden
Donatello, Foot Messenger
David Forman
Leonardo, Gang Leader
Michael Turney
Danny Pennington
Jay Patterson
Charles Pennington
James Saito
The Shredder, Oroko Saki
Todd W. Langen
Screenwriter
Bobby Herbeck
Screenwriter
Graham Cottle
Co-Producer
Rizwan Chowhan
Executive Producer
John Fenner
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (31)

  • So should you take your kid to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? I'm not recommending that you do - this movie will not enrich your child's worldview.

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The one subplot that could have been milked, about a young friend of O'Neil's who falls in with the gang, is handled indifferently and fails to supply much in the way of a youthful identification figure.

    May 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The cynicism of the motion picture industry will be apparent to any child who is exposed to the many product plugs for a nationwide pizza delivery company.

    August 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As a movie, Ninja Turtles would make a better cereal. It looks like it needs a little milk and mother-wit poured over it, something to make it snap, crackle and pop.

    August 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones.

    August 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids.

    August 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Pretty good for its year, Full of funny moments most of them are silly, The fight scenes were good fun but the story is abit silly, Kids will like it and that's all this film goes for as it's very faithful to the 80's/90's cartoon TV series.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2016
    As good as it was ever going to get, and that's seriously saying something. Look, I'll admit that I'm under the sentimental influence, but the thing is I've been back to this movie many times, and not that long ago. It still has that special something for me, and I certainly don't consider it a guilty pleasure. It's very much a labour of love.
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  • Dec 28, 2014
    Never beat the original film down Michael Bay!
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2013
    Cowabunga! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles come out of the sewers and onto the big screen in this live-action feature. Investigative reporter April O'Neil discovers that a mysterious crime syndicate known as the Foot is behind a crime wave that's sweeping New York City, and when they go after her a group of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles come to her rescue. Jim Henson's Creature Shop has created some interesting character designs for the Turtles, but the acting is rather poor. And, the writing is also weak; particularly the dialog, which is extremely cheesy. The soundtrack however, is impressive and fits the hip-hop style of the '90s. For what it is, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a campy ramp that's a bit of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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