The Happytime Murders Reviews

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August 31, 2018
The connoisseur of filth within me is pleased to report how wonderfully nasty much of the felted proceedings here are to behold.
August 30, 2018
With multiple scenes of drug-snorting and depraved puppet sex, including an admittedly hilariously drawn-out ejaculation scene...it's worth emphasising that this is definitely not one for the kiddies.
August 29, 2018
Fatally confuses crassness with subversion.
August 27, 2018
"The Happytime Murders" is, basically, disgusting. But even when it's reprehensible, it's not always bad.
Top Critic
August 24, 2018
This premise holds some promise, but The Happytime Murders is a joyless, soulless slog, wasting the efforts of co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks. (Only Maya Rudolph, playing Phil's ditzy but puppet-tolerant secretary Bubbles, escapes pity.)
August 24, 2018
A few critics are calling it the worst movie of the year. Unfair! This R-rated look at a serial killer running wild in a puppet-populated L.A., has what it takes to be a contender for worst of the decade.
August 24, 2018
Although "The Happytime Murders" isn't much fun to watch, it was clearly a blast to make.
August 24, 2018
I've been on "Sesame Street." I know Elmo. Cookie Monster is a friend of mine. "Happytime Murders," you're no "Sesame Street" . . . and you're not "Avenue Q" either.
August 24, 2018
Comedies this broad come down to percentage games and (in what has become a ritual for me, alas), I estimate less than 10 percent of screenwriter Todd Berger's jokes land.
August 24, 2018
Thanks must go to the underpaid puppeteers who crouched, ducked and manoeuvred all over Happytime's set, only for their physical labour to be used in service of a Sesame Street-meets-Bright mess.
August 24, 2018
The gags work, for awhile at least, and Berger's script is sharp enough that it never lets its juvenile edges get the best of it.
Top Critic
August 23, 2018
When it becomes obvious that the film is merely interested in being naughty for the sake of it, the pace sags like Kermit's limbs.
August 23, 2018
Once our initial LOL shock at the tone of "Happytime Murders" wears off, we begin hankering for something more - yet the movie is content mostly just to up the outrageousness, piling on material as liable to make us cringe as laugh.
August 23, 2018
Everything about the movie is stunted - from the running time to the production values to the story.
August 23, 2018
...we just keep hoping the filmmakers will cut this thing short, and they do, and we thank them for that.
August 23, 2018
What starts off as an amusing idea quickly crosses the line from lewd to crude, with sex jokes both visual and verbal that don't improve with repetition.
August 23, 2018
The knowing handling of noir conventions and clever metaphor for race relations of Brian Henson's R-rated fluff bath were all treated with greater grace and more panache 31 years ago in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
August 23, 2018
In "Happytime," Jim Henson's son seeks to take Muppetry to a whole new level. Too bad that level is the sewer.
August 23, 2018
"The Happytime Murders" can't be that outrageous-it's too late-but it has its moments, several of which are provided by Ms. Rudolph, putting a spin on the girl-friday role.
August 23, 2018
Forgettable, regrettable, inexcusable.
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