Sep 16, 2019
The clunky sporadic brilliance of yore is gone; in its place is a big, slick, hollow juggernaut, slathered in nostalgia, sentimentality, and a hollow winking irony meant to substitute for humor or ideas.
Aug 31, 2018
I just hoped for more vaudevillian anarchy and less sentimentality. Sometimes, it is a mistake to revisit your childhood with the same expectations.
Jan 26, 2018
None of it comes off as clever as it probably did on paper.
May 2, 2012
As a died-in-the-wool Muppets fan, this overripe nostalgia trip only almost captures that Henson magic. There are moments of exhuberance, but they're scattered and isolated.
Feb 13, 2012
Henson's Muppets had a nice line in dry wit. They were anarchic. Segel's are corporate stooges.
Feb 11, 2012
The film's broad smiles and big-heartedness are bracingly disingenuous, the self-referential jokes well handled. Only the affection emanating from the audience is sincere.
Jan 4, 2012
Under James Bobin's direction, however, the outing feels cheap and strangely small-screen.
Jan 3, 2012
I am a fan of The Muppets and I'm glad to see them making a comeback. Maybe if this movie is a hit, they'll make a sequel where they'll actually get to be the stars of their own film.
Dec 3, 2011
Overall I found the movie a bit too cloying and self-aware to distinguish itself from the mass of kiddie flick pap.
Nov 23, 2011
The Muppet charm, always more at home within the intimate frame of a TV set, is gone here.
Nov 23, 2011
Except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad.