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Turbo Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 15, 2013
Kids should be game for the ride, and the colourful characters offer humour and poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2013
After the originality of the hero, the filmmakers borrow too heavily from other movies; the similarities to "Ratatouille" and "Cars" are almost distracting.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 19, 2013
the movie seems to understand its own near-abject ridiculousness ... without getting overly nudge-nudge wink-wink ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 18, 2013
[An] energetic, funny cartoon about a plucky garden snail.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 17, 2013
"Turbo" isn't a perfect cartoon, but it's so likable that, like its humble hero, you have to root for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
July 17, 2013
A derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that's peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 17, 2013
A sort-of escargot-meets-"Cars" adventure, it has some sharp vocal turns and remains fun even when its inventiveness runs out of gas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 17, 2013
Turbo won't set the world of animation on fire, but it's a fun movie.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 17, 2013
Ultimately, "Turbo" nicely lives up to its diminutive hero's credo of, "No dream is too big, and no dreamer too small" - a pleasant thought, for people of all sizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 2013
Let's face it: Kids aren't a very demanding audience. If there's color, movement, and a high quotient of silliness, they're happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
July 17, 2013
DreamWorks' 3-D confection ... featuring Ryan Reynolds as a garden-trolling slowpoke who dreams of Indianapolis 500 glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 17, 2013
Turbo's colourful trek to product placement-littered Indianapolis is as rote as it gets, but little viewers won't care about predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2013
Honestly, they pretty much had me at "racing snails."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
July 17, 2013
Great voice talent in a story that puts the "go" in escargot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 16, 2013
Even in the absence of originality, there is fun to be had, thanks to some loopy, clever jokes (the script is by Darren Lemke, Robert Siegel and David Soren, who directed) and a lively celebrity voice cast ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 16, 2013
Has some appealing characters, a few laughs and then devolves into a predictable Tortoise and the Hare spinoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 16, 2013
"Turbo" has just enough heart to make it to the winner's circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 16, 2013
An easy recommendation, well-considered and well-executed, a treat for anyone who likes comedy or ambitious takes on make-believe worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
Content to be merely cheerfully clichéd, it's an assembly-line kids' film that, unlike its daring protagonist, risks little, and thus reaps only modest rewards.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 16, 2013
A fresh, fast and funny little fable about a freakishly fast garden snail who tries to enter the Indy 500.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Arizona Republic
July 16, 2013
There's certainly no harm in seeing "Turbo." Competent, pretty funny in places, awfully nice to look at, that sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 16, 2013
All Turbo does is give Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg the easiest paychecks they'll ever make, and its corporate overlords the chance to sell a few toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 16, 2013
For all its chronic familiarity, the movie has its minor pleasures, many of them visual. Though at this point it's basically a given that a new studio-animated movie will look good, Turbo often looks downright exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2013
An attractively designed but narratively challenged, one-note film.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
July 10, 2013
While there's no denying that the film is a harmless, wholesome, and heart-warming ride crafted with polish and skill, it's also so predictable that you'll see every twist in the story driving down Fifth Avenue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 10, 2013
Co-writer/director David Soren's story offers little that even the average 6-year-old couldn't imagine, though the film's considerable charm comes through via its characters and sense of humor.