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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Reviews

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January 11, 2018
Now these are The Ninja Turtles at their finest, It gets the tone right, not too "for the kids" there's something in there for the hardcore fans. God Bless this Masterpiece!
December 23, 2017
Classic and iconic. Been a fan of the turtles for a long time. For the first turtle movie they hit the mark. No complaints.
½ December 6, 2017
I haven't seen any of the cartoons or read any of the comics, but I really enjoyed this movie. It's fun and has a dark tone that I really like (even if the sequels would get rid of that). It has lots of awesome action scenes that make this movie great.
½ November 21, 2017
Pretty good, but not the best.
November 21, 2017
Are turtles lactose tolerant? That was the main topic of discussion for us as we watched this film for our podcast. The film maintains some charm after so many years, and represents peak Jim Henson technology, before the CGI virus took over everything.
October 28, 2017
The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids
October 19, 2017
To this day I am still amazed at how awesome this movie is. This movie could have been just another campy kids movie... but It's not. It has a great story with actual emotion, they went with a dark and gritty tone. The practical effects hold up to any current movie, if not better.
October 7, 2017
I really totally love this movie when I was kid who seen this cartoon on VHS tapes I really so excited to watch this movie for my childhood so much but I really enjoy.
½ October 1, 2017
40%?? This is why I focus more on the audience score. For a movie based on the Ninja Turtles, its dark, gritty tone made it both enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Not perfect, but extremely ambitious for what the source material provides, and does an excellent job bringing these characters to life.
½ September 3, 2017
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an overall fun kid-friendly action yarn that tells the tale of four mutated turtles who are raised in the sewer by a mutated rat. When they realize that a threatening force is at work making mayhem of New York City they, with the aide of a local news reporter (Judith Hoag) and a rogue petty thief (Elias Koteas) work to put a stop to the madness. Filled with great creature effects from the Jim Henson Company it may well wear on your patience if you are an adult; but for kids it is still a treat.
August 22, 2017
A nostalgic favorite that still holds up, surprisingly.
August 17, 2017
An entertaining movie that easily updates the kids show into a solid film adaptation with enough juvenile humor, social commentary and pizza to satisfy any person who can get past the dated costumes and graphics.
July 21, 2017
Before the Michael Bay-produced explosion-fests, there was this surprisingly better-than-average 1990s movie. It attempts a tricky attempt at balancing a dark tone in regards to its father-and-son themes with the turtles and Splinter as well as the Shredder and the teenagers that form part of the Foot Clan along with a series of witty, humorous one-liners to keep children entertained. It's not perfect but it's not terrible either. It has some flaws but I can still understand why this movie holds a special place inside the hearts of '90s kids. The martial arts sequences are well-choreographed, the humour can be funny at times and the animatronics look pretty impressive for its time, especially when you take into account, the film's small budget. Some of the good old-fashioned '90s cheesiness does weigh it down a bit but the humorous nature of its action sequences especially during that little Michelangelo and Foot Clan ninja doing their little weapon-presentation-thingy and father-son themes help make it a shell of a good time. *tumbleweed goes rolling along the ground* I'll let myself out :(
July 15, 2017
Bit of a laugh that people call it a commercial then compare it to the cartoon which was five or six years of toy commercials.
Still one of, if not THE best cartoon/comic live action movie ever made.
½ July 9, 2017
By far the best TMNT movie, classic goodness.
June 22, 2017
The critic rating is a bit harsh, as the original TMNT film had a somber tone at times that removed much of the cheesiness that the rest of the franchise films suffer from. This was the most cinematic of the films, and the only one I would ever consider watching again.
½ June 20, 2017
A fun adventure. If you liked the cartoon, you'll like this one

½ June 16, 2017
Forget the reboot, this is a timeless classic!
June 11, 2017
Puts the new one to shame, makes you appreciate this original even more after watching the new re-make. 1990 version is the bomb!
June 7, 2017
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.
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