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The Muppets Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 7, 2012
A film bursting at the seams with sheer, unadulterated joy: watch it, and the world seems just that little bit brighter...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 3, 2012
It may not entirely work as a movie, but The Muppets shines as a piece of touching pop nostalgia.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
December 5, 2011
The purity of the nostalgia turns this franchise film into a love letter to childhood.
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
December 2, 2011
All of our old favorites are here, from Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy to the original grumpy old men, Statler and Waldorf, along with a number of celebrities in amusing cameos...
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
November 24, 2011
You can rest easy - if you have previously loved the Muppets, you will likely currently love The Muppets.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 24, 2011
The chorus of one of the songs declares, 'I've got everything that I need, right in front of me.' For 120 minutes, that's precisely how I felt.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 23, 2011
[Filmmakers] hew close to the essential innocence informing the Muppets' silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2011
The Muppets is a triumph of simplicity, innocence and goofy jokes. It's a triumph of felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
November 23, 2011
A mixed bag then: The Muppets isn't the best or the worst of Kermit's big-screen capers. At least it's a reminder that here's one frog who isn't about to croak.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 23, 2011
It's nice to see the band back together. And when Kermit busts out the banjo for "Rainbow Connection," you might even go for your lighter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 23, 2011
Like Statler and Waldorf, older viewers may kvetch and cavil about the details, but when that red velvet curtain goes up, we wouldn't give up our balcony seats for the world.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 23, 2011
No fourth wall is safe in The Muppets, and that's a great piece of news.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 23, 2011
The Muppet charm, always more at home within the intimate frame of a TV set, is gone here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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November 23, 2011
Segel and his team are not Jim Henson -- but they've done justice to the lovers and the dreamers.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 23, 2011
Is it perfect? No. Is it a lot of fun and does it successfully revive this inspired franchise? Absolutely and let's seriously hope so. A world without Kermit is just too hard to face.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 23, 2011
Except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 23, 2011
During the movie's best moments, I recalled exactly what my long-gone father's roars of laughter sounded like.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 23, 2011
"The Muppets" is both a delightful family film about the Muppets and a winking, self-referential satire about how lame the Muppets are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2011
The Muppets treats its titular heroes with affection and respect, even as Fozzie Bear shows off his "fart shoes" and toilet humor abounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 23, 2011
The Muppet relaunch is as it should be: the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational treat you could wish for on a holiday weekend.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2011
The Muppet franchise is revitalized with "The Muppets," a funny, wickedly self-aware musical that opens by acknowledging they've outlived their shelf life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 23, 2011
Kids today will have the same kind of fun at The Muppets they have at all films of this kind. Adults, however, will connect in a deeper way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 22, 2011
The Muppet legacy is in no way sullied, but the over-the-moon magic is missing. They should try Hare Krishna.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen Xers who grew up with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Dr. Teeth, but also the tykes who've never even heard of Jim Henson, The Muppets has none of the easy confidence of the original TV show or the 1979 movie.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
November 22, 2011
The film is loaded with everything Muppets fans love: loopy musical production numbers, very funny montages, some hilarious asides and weird little moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2011
I've never seen a movie so perfectly balanced between unabashed nerdiness and hipness. It's transcendent that way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2011
There are a few stumbles, but not too many, and by the time Gary and Walter get to a showstopping number that asks the burning question - "Am I a man, or a Muppet?" - you are completely hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 22, 2011
Blending self-deprecating comic asides with high-spirited showmanship, the movie captures the essence of Jim Henson's classic 1970s TV show and 1979's The Muppet Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 22, 2011
"The Muppets" made me feel warm and Fozzie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 22, 2011
Even when it gets bogged down in angst and misconceived moments -- a Muppetized take on "We Built This City" belongs on the cutting-room floor -- The Muppets remains fundamentally likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 22, 2011
The plot, as you may well imagine, is secondary to the barrage of jokes, songs, fourth-wall violations, and occasional celebrity cameos that are part and parcel of the big-screen Muppet experience.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2011
"The Muppets," the troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 22, 2011
It's time to see the Muppets, it's time to see this show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 22, 2011
"The Muppets" is clever and current without being cynical, smart without being condescending, funny without being exclusionary to grown-ups or to kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 22, 2011
They're still all great fun (even if, with Jim Henson gone and Frank Oz not participating, not everyone sounds quite as they did at the beginning).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 22, 2011
These are the same old, adorable Muppets, as sweetly innocent and likable as ever. Winking at itself, the movie is casually, amusingly self-reflexive.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 22, 2011
It's fun to spend time with these characters again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 22, 2011
Those who fondly remember "The Muppet Show" will get a kick out of seeing old friends again; those who don't just might realize what they missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 22, 2011
A delighted woman behind me almost needed oxygen as she watched Camilla and her singing chicken gals do a cheeky, clucking rendition of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 21, 2011
No matter who you're taking to the movies, and even if you're going by yourself, you can't go wrong with this one.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 21, 2011
For kids, blessedly unironic by nature until wised up by nurture, the movie is just shiny, funny, and filled with songs...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 21, 2011
The Muppets may have been born out of a desire to revive a dormant franchise that was once a cash cow, but there isn't a single beat in the film that feels crass or opportunistic. This one is from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 21, 2011
The challenge Disney has with The Muppets is to show a new generation what the fuss was all about. Slam-dunk. The movie slaps a smile on your face you won't want to wipe off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 21, 2011
If Segel's efforts aren't quite sensational, that's okay. They're still inspirational, celebrational and - most important - Muppetational, a concept that's been in sadly short supply as of late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2011
"The Muppets'' marks a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's creations after a 12-year big-screen absence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 18, 2011
Effortlessly blending wised-up, self-reflexive humor with old-fashioned let's-put-on-a-show pizzazz, The Muppets is an unexpected treat
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 18, 2011
A mostly winning return for childhood favorites from a prior century looks to accomplish its goal of pleasing old fans and winning new ones.