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The Smurfs Reviews

August 9, 2011
To play The Smurfs Drinking Game you will need: Two 500cl bottles of Blue Bols (per player), one white sleeping cap, ample powder-blue face paint and too much spare time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 29, 2011
Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama.
July 29, 2011
The Smurfs ends up being just below average, it won't give you nightmares, and small ones might dig it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 29, 2011
That two sequels have been announced is terrifying.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 29, 2011
It's raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the Smurf word substitutions more naughty than nice ("Who Smurfed?" or "Where the Smurf are we?"). That's Smurfed up.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4 stars
July 29, 2011
The Smurfs mostly takes place in a grown-up world of cosmetics advertising and expectant parents. Without a child character to interpret and join the action, it's a pretty dull way to introduce young viewers to the new blue crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 29, 2011
Director Raja Gosnell also made "Scooby-Doo" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." At least for families, this is a bit smurfing better than those.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 29, 2011
I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 29, 2011
'The Smurfs" is a lot like the characters' theme song: sweet, repetitive and grating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 29, 2011
Kids are sure to find it smurf-errific, smurf-ilicious or just plain smurfy. Adults will happily settle for smurf-ectly inoffensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2011
[A] relentlessly witless and cynical children's movie packed with potty jokes, product plugs and double-entendres along the lines of "What the Smurf?"
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
July 28, 2011
On a hot summer day, "The Smurfs" is a decent enough excuse to haul the little ones into an air-conditioned theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 28, 2011
"The Smurfs" has brains, heart and style, which will endear it to adults as well as young viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2011
There are a handful of genuinely sweet scenes in Smurfs promptly undone by adult actors and filmmakers, who must believe that the little blue troublemakers couldn't maintain a film on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 28, 2011
Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has proved he can save just about any sinking ship (see prime-time awards shows such as the Emmys or Tonys), cannot make this boat float.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 28, 2011
Smurfs are the Barneys of the fantasy world.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 28, 2011
A better movie than anyone could have possibly expected, thanks in large part to an honest effort by Harris in a thankless role.
July 28, 2011
In all, the worst parts of "The Smurfs'' can probably be summed up in two words: Smurf rap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 28, 2011
Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it's a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.
July 28, 2011
Does for children's entertainment what lead paint does for children's toys.
July 28, 2011
...the adults who take [the kids] to see the movie won't feel too good about themselves, or their existences, or the state of life on the planet, as the lights go up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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."
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 28, 2011
For all the digitally enhanced Smurfness, the results are remarkably mirthless.
July 28, 2011
Actual kids may find this fun, but for adults, watching The Smurfs may feel a little too much like trying to wrangle an overcrowded kiddie birthday party.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 28, 2011
Why does the villain Gargamel have a name that sounds like a sore-throat product? Why are there countless male Smurfs and only one female? (The mind boggles.) Why do they only know one song, and why is it so irritating? So many questions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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+