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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Reviews

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May 21, 2017
The definitive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. An all-time favorite of mine. How can you not love it? (First viewing - Childhood)
May 3, 2017
No way not good at all not surprised by having it be a bad movie
April 2, 2017
Not great by any means, but fun to watch if you're a kid. I certainly enjoyed watching the Turtles beat up Shredder, and most likely you will too.
March 21, 2017
first up why the hell dose this have a 40% as of march 21 the tmnt movies haven't been nearly as good as the show but that still means I agree with most people that tis is the best it doesn't have a 1 highlight but instead multiple in my opion action istnt the best but character development and comedy is what most people agree is what makes it good, 80 out of 100
½ March 16, 2017
Despite its campiness, the origanal TMNT (1990) is far from bad. This is a fun, enjoyable, and overall good movie.
½ March 14, 2017
Overrated to say the least. It was more about the uninteresting side character Danny then it was about the title characters. All the Turtles acted like Michelangelo and the character balancing was off. Donatello gets no attention and is a virtual non-entity in this film and continues to get shafted in the sequels. The final battle was anti-climatic and made Shredder look like a joke. Kids will no doubt like this film but it doesn't hold up anymore due to its dated gags, music, slapstick laughable fight scenes, and pedestrian direction. This film is proof that rose tinted glasses are a heck of a perception bender and why some films never get properly reevaluated.
March 7, 2017
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is basically 90 minutes of film-making errors. In virtually every major scene set items, camera gear, or puppet operator are accidentally included in shot, and the Turtles rubber animatronic costumes have hard surfaces that accidentally bend inappropriately. At the time, this the most commercially successful indie film ever released, due to the film being an extension of a kids marketing craze, which ended up with the TMNT being about the fourth or fifth highest selling toy product globally. The hit soundtrack and excellent stills portraying the film as a grunge-noir action comedy with cool retro style sets helped pique interest, but the actual film doesn't have a second act, and the supporting cast simply can't act. Some great martial arts scenes though, with plenty of action and silliness. TMNT plays more like a series of video test shoots for a proposed film than a proper movie.
Super Reviewer
January 17, 2017
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.
December 9, 2016
One of the few comic films from this era that stand the test of time. A classic.
November 22, 2016
The critics are morons. This is a great movie. The dynamics between the turtles are perfect, and the human characters are also engaging. It's just a lot of fun.
½ November 5, 2016
This movie sucked. It pissed me off , them big forehead , samurai turtle looking ass. Graphics sucked, effects were not good , id rather pluck each one of my hairs on my head than give this movie a 5 star.
½ October 21, 2016
So 90s! A very fun kids' movie that I still enjoy.
½ October 19, 2016
A surprisingly well done transition from comic to cartoon series to live action cinema. The look of the film is dark, gritty with some directorial style to give the film a distinct personality. There is also a thoughtful focus on the human characters that don't dumb down the dialogue and mature tone that was given.

The turtles are what you'd expect them to be which is totally gnarly ninja dudes who use colorful banter to full effect. Some could say that they undermine the darker tone, but if you know the source material then its expected and welcome. You know what you're in for.... besides why change something that worked so well in the first place for the sake of being dark?

April O Niel and Casey Jones help support the 4 main mutants and are entertaining themselves. Holy crap was Shredder well done. He was like a ninja Darth Vader. He reminded us why he was such a good villain on the cartoon show.

This is a worthy adaptation of the source material treated with some care for fans and and filmgoers of all ages. It is cheesy and has moments of juvenile hijinx, but it also has heart, humor, visual artistry, and crowd pleasing fun to match all the impressive martial arts. I may be nostalgic, but this will live on for generations to come.
½ October 11, 2016
Checked it out of pure nostalgia. Some of the worst childish shit Ive ever seen, topping cheesieness in almost every scene, just plain horrible.
September 4, 2016
This is quite possibly the greatest movie ever made. As a standalone film it has defined what we know as the turtles by mixing elements of dark and light moments. This film is the ninja turtles. The effects are fantastic. The fights are great. The comedy funny. The drama exciting. And splinter has some of the best lines in film history. Time to recognize people. Cowabunga!!
August 20, 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combines the best elements of both the grittier comics and goofier animated series, and offers fun Martial Arts sequences and top notch FX by Jim Henson.
August 16, 2016
This is a timeless, perfect film that is perfect for Ninja Turtles fans as well as those who wish to be Ninja Turtles fans!
August 12, 2016
I didn't think it was as good as TMNT but definately a classic, I adore this movie.
August 11, 2016
A coming of age film with growing pains and valuing of family at the most dangerous times. I love the character development throughout of the turtles wether it was Raphael realizing he needs his brothers to overcome his anger demons to Leonardo becoming a true leader for his brothers. The plot is simple and story ends up becoming a cliche of jealousy. Overall the movie delivers on the aspects of growing up and reaching your destiny to become who they were meant to be.
July 18, 2016
Though not perfect, it is still the best Turtles movie ever made. They borrowed some of the lightheartedness from the show as well as some of the darker elements from the comics. And it works together pretty well. Even though the acting was off there were still some good costumes. I'm sure that if they made this today they would have even better costumes (but Michael Bay owns them now). It's a lot of fun to watch to bring back the nostalgia of the classic ninja team. Cowabunga!
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