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The Smurfs Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
If your kid loves this, your kid needs to read a book, or even, heck, play a video game. At least you can tell video game characters apart.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012
Filmgoers who enjoyed the cartoon (or comic strips) as a kid will very likely be left with the taste of sour Smurfberries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 28, 2013
The Smurfs is a cute family film that suffers from being a little formulaic and uninspired, and the CGI smurfs don't look like the original characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sarah Ward
Trespass
September 15, 2011
The current incarnation of The Smurfs bears little resemblance to the classic cartoon, in a film likely to leave anyone other than hyperactive children feeling blue.
Clarissa Meffan
MovieFIX
September 15, 2011
Takes the 80s favourite kids' cartoon and embellishes it with special effects, New York cliches and gutter humour so that the end result is a shiny but shallow copy of all that was great about the original TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
September 8, 2011
Likely to enthral very small children only, The Smurfs starts with promise but peters out into something bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
July 29, 2011
When pointless movies like this come out, I can't help but wonder what these talented artists could have been doing besides earning this paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2011
'The Smurfs" is a lot like the characters' theme song: sweet, repetitive and grating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Clem Bastow
The Vine
October 26, 2011
The film indulges in a level of product placement not seen since the glory days of Mac & Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2011
The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
July 27, 2011
I don't mind this sort of claptrap for kiddies if it's executed well and the filmmakers invite adults along for the journey. But there's nothing to recommend about The Smurfs. Every obvious joke is covered, every morsel of cuteness exploited.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
September 15, 2011
The Smurfs isn't smurfing awesome, but it's also not a complete pile of smurf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
July 29, 2011
The film doesn't quite hold the audience's interest for its entire running time. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
July 29, 2011
If you remember the characters fondly, this theatrical version will do little to enhance that memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2011
Pop singer Katy Perry's Smurfette faces award questions about being a rare female smurf, and blurts out, "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it."
| Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2011
Helmer Raja Gosnell has shown a mighty knack for soul-crushing drivel, including the Scooby-Doo movies and Big Momma's House, and he delivers the spastic, hollow and color-soaked experience you expected.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2011
"Look at that Smurfing hipster, in his Smurfing ironic mustache and Smurfing Peyo T-shirt."
Full Review | Original Score: 21/2 pink ponies out of five
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
August 11, 2011
After a fairly promising start with a few chuckles, it fails to maintain the momentum, and by the drawn-out end audiences are likely to start fidgeting. Especially the adults.
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
August 12, 2011
Recycles the fish-out-of-water plot of Alvin and the Chipmunks and doesn't have any original ideas about what to do with the tiny characters once they are at large among us.
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
July 28, 2011
The film is raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the "Smurf" word substitutions more naughty than nice ("Who Smurfed?" "Where the Smurf are we?"). That's Smurfed up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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