Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

Critics Consensus

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

40%

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Total Count: 50

80%

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User Ratings: 251,966
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Movie Info

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is the live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles--Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello--have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of a large city. Under the guidance of a ninja master Splinter the Rat and television reporter April, the Turtles embark on a mission to run crime out of the city and battle the warlord Shredder. The Turtles have been designed by Jim Henson Productions and effortlessly fit into the live-action surroundings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Cast

Judith Hoag
as April O'Neil
Elias Koteas
as Casey Jones
Ray Serra
as Chief Stearns
Josh Pais
as Raphael/Man In Cab
Michelan Sisti
as Michaelangelo/Pizza Man
Leif Tilden
as Donatello/Foot Messenger
David Forman
as Leonardo/Gang Member
Michael Turney
as Danny Pennington
Jay Patterson
as Charles Pennington
Raymond Serra
as Chief Sterns
James Saito
as The Shredder
Sam Rockwell
as Head Thug
Robbie Rist
as Michaelangelo
Kevin Clash
as Splinter
Brian Tochi
as Leonardo
Louis Cantarini
as Cab Driver
Ju Yu
as Shinsho
Cassandra Ward-Freeman
as Charles' Secretary
Corey Feldman
as Donatello
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Movie Hoodlum
John Rogers
as New Recruit
Robert Haskell
as Tall Teen
Joshua Bo Lozoff
as Beaten Teen
Tae Pak
as Talkative Foot
John D. Ward
as Movie Hoodlum
Kenn Troum
as Talkative Foot
Winston Hemingway
as Police Officer
Joe Inscoe
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

  • 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.

    Aug 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.

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

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

    Aug 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children.

    Aug 6, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | 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.
    Super Reviewer
  • 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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