‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': Are Critics Saying ‘Cowabunga’? — Reviews

Fri, August 8, 2014 6:22pm EST by 5 Comments

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ hit theaters on August 8, and it seems to be all anyone is talking about! But will it be dubbed the best ‘TMNT’ movie ever? Read what critics are saying!

Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (of the same name) is the first live-action film (if you’re not counting the 2007 computer-animated entry) in the franchise since 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, so there was a lot of pressure on him to produce a movie that would please both fans and critics. Did it pass the test? Read on to find out!

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie Reviews

Set in New York City, the movie starts in a dark place — “Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians,” Paramount Pictures revealed.

“The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': Fans Obsess Over The Remake

With a premise like this, and super dedicated fans, it’s sure to be a hit, right?

Find out what critics have been saying below!


“It’s hard to avoid the sense that Bay, Liebesman and company are hitting all the iconic beats of the franchise, but not investing them with the sort of cleverness, gravitas or feeling that would allow this movie (and presumably, the two sequels in store) to coast along on something other than fan loyalty.”

The Los Angeles Times:

“The turtles look lively and pretty lifelike, it must be said, but with no real-world correlation also more strange than anything else. Even though they are the title characters and the main attractions, the turtles often feel left in the background of their own movie.”

The Hollywood Reporter:

“Fox spends much of the movie acting bewildered as April tries to keep up with rapidly shifting plot developments, and Fichtner delivers a generically styled, simplistically motivated baddie. Arnett has the only role that comes close to matching the turtles’ verve…”

USA Today:

“The leering camera aimed squarely at Fox’s backside has the recognizably shallow mark of a Bay film. (She’s hit on by Turtles and humans alike.)”

Entertainment Weekly:

“Is it the kids drawn to the hit animated Nickelodeon reboot or the middle-aged crowd looking to reconnect with yet another thing they loved in their youth?The filmmakers never came up with a resolution, which is why we have a reported $125 million effects parade with a crippling identity problem.”

Despite what reviewers are saying, TMNT reportedly grossed $4.6 million on Thursday, August 7. It’s expected to take in at least $50 million through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, putting it in a tight race for No. 1 with last weekend’s box office winner, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Los Angeles Times reports.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you plan on seeing TMNT? Let us know by voting in our poll and commenting below!

– Chris Rogers

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Posted at 8:24 PM on August 10, 2014  

lol. anything with bay’s name on it will automatically be boo’d by the so-called critics. that is why there is a huge disconnect between fans who like those movies, and critics expecting some mind-blowing shakespearian story.
i think other directors need to take some elements out of bay’s style instead of being total snores.
saw the movie today. was pretty good, and didnt detract too far from the original concept. if you never saw any of the turtles before, you would be a bit puzzled because there is virtually 0 character development. Some if the CGI sequences seem a bit rushed and looked early 2000s. So dont expect something as polished as the transformers series.

overall, if you like a bay flick, and laugh at the critics while the numbers keep rolling in that they are bias toward bay, you will definitely like this one.

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Posted at 12:56 PM on August 10, 2014  

The movie was okay but it didnt follow the original story line.. Everyone in the movie look like they were on stariods and the foot clan were ninjas not dudes with guns… Original turtles rule…

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Posted at 7:07 PM on August 8, 2014  

The movie doesn’t need to be “good” to be lucrative. As long as it bears the TNMT moniker, it will draw crowds. These kinds of movies are the ones that critics shouldn’t bother critiquing. As with most sequels, the fan base is predetermined. In this case, the inter-generational appeal of the TNMT brand means that the fan base is quite large. The movie may suffer from an identity crisis, but this will be to its benefit, at least financially speaking.

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Posted at 12:43 AM on August 9, 2014  

Exactly. Its so dumb critiquing a movie about giant turtles who are ninjas and teenagers. The movie if just plain old fun for the family. Its not too long and its action packed and thats all it has to be. It could be better but its a simple fun movie and a good time at the theaters

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Christopher Martinez

Posted at 2:59 PM on August 9, 2014  

Honestly, I’m tired of people defending idiot bay movies with, “its meant to turn your mind off so you can enjoy the movie”… franchises like Transformers and TMNT are great concepts that very interesting and joyful. Idiot bay takes these concepts and makes it as cookie cutter as can be to get the most profit out of it and at the same time taking what makes them cool and pissing all over it. No real talent in telling stories like these and should stick to “Armageddon” and “Pain and Gain”. Or just stop making movies completely because he’s a douche.

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