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

Fri, August 8, 2014 6:22pm EDT by Chris Rogers 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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