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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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...while the visuals are terrific, the plot is a distracting clunker that feels like it was written one line at a time by a bunch of overexcited fan-board commentators playing a round-robin storytelling game.
Everything should look familiar to longtime turtles fans -- their underground sanctuary, complete with video games; the rooftops where the heroes convene at night, surveying the city. But it all looks and feels reconceived, refreshingly so.
There are endless scenes in which the turtles sit around discussing their feelings. All the talk of anger management and sibling rivalry is sure to test the attention spans of viewers in every age group.
The animated fight scenes are both beautiful and realistic. You forget you're watching a computer-animated feature. In a film about ninja turtles, you couldn't really ask for anything more. Other than perhaps a sequel, that is.
The turtles themselves may look prettier, but are no smarter; torn irreparably from their countercultural roots, our superheroes on the half shell have been firmly co-opted by the industry their creators once sought to spoof.
It has a dreadful Ghostbusters-Stargate plot, virtually no decent jokes, but toss in a little digital skateboarding, a lot of digital swordfighting (gunplay, too), a couple of 'Cowabungas,' and you've got yourself a hit. They hope.
Now and then one character accuses another of glorifying violence, 'that brute vigilante junk.' Talk about hypocrisy: Without the brute vigilante junk, this 82-minute picture would be approximately 2 minutes long.
Ditching the cheeky, self-aware wink that helped to excuse the concept's inherent corniness, the movie attempts to look polished and 'cool,' but the been-there animation can't compete with the then-cutting-edge puppetry of the 1990 live-action movie.