Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 18, 2014
    90
    The story matters only in that it creates opportunities for heaps of ridiculousness, and writer-director James Bobin (who also directed The Muppets), along with co-writer Nicholas Stoller, mines them skillfully and breezily.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Mar 17, 2014
    83
    For a movie that insists that sequels are never better than their predecessors, Muppets Most Wanted at least suggests it’s possible for them to be equal – well, almost.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 19, 2014
    80
    Although this movie has lots of laughs and a willingness to poke fun at itself, it doesn't quite recapture the magic of the last movie. Close, but not quite.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 19, 2014
    80
    With Muppets Most Wanted, the vaudevillian pandaemonium is alive and well.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 22, 2014
    75
    The inevitable sequel, arriving three years later, isn't as giddily entertaining as its predecessor but much of the charm remains, making this an ideal destination for a family excursion.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Mar 22, 2014
    75
    The film loses some of its fizz by giving in to a so-so caper plot that unintentionally proves the axiom they were just satirizing.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    The new globetrotting, caper-packed romp with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the lovable team certainly is just as good as, and often an improvement on, the 2011 offering.
  8. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    The wittiest jokes and cameo appearances are designed to soar far over the heads of young filmgoers and into the atavistic pop consciousness of their adult companions.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    A breezy, mirthful caper enlivened by the comic talents of Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    The well-worn plot basics are dressed up nicely by the film’s consistently clever humor, as well as a celebrity cameo roster that’s stacked even by Muppet standards.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    Children in the audience may not be thrilled at the highbrow humor and lack of pointless action, but tough luck. Life is more than "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and "The Smurfs" sequels.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    Muppets Most Wanted is pleasant enough to recommend as family entertainment. But the movie falls short of what immediately preceded it, musically and emotionally.
  13. 75
    Funnier than the last Muppets movie, with far better songs (by Bret McKenzie), punnier puns and all manner of geo-political gags, cultural wisecracks and star cameos.
  14. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Mar 18, 2014
    75
    Freed from the burden of starting anew, the film restores the Muppets' rightful place as stars of their own show.
  15. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 20, 2014
    70
    Though there are many delicious little moments tucked inside, the action heads in so many directions it can be dizzying to keep up.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Mar 19, 2014
    67
    This re-energized franchise has found its second wind, bursting with a creative vitality and boisterous humor that makes everything seem new again.
  17. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Mar 19, 2014
    67
    The Muppets are creatures of indulgence, and their sense of humor is one of excess. Muppets Most Wanted is a mess of a movie, but anything tidier would be a poor fit.
  18. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 19, 2014
    67
    Once the story proper begins, it too feels slightly out of time.
  19. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 20, 2014
    63
    The crimes and Gervais and Fey’s performances get stale quickly, though the song-and-dance numbers are fairly clever.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 20, 2014
    63
    After the delicious treat of 2011's "The Muppets," with Jason Segel and Amy Adams joining Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang, Muppets Most Wanted feels like tasteless leftovers.
  21. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 19, 2014
    63
    Tina Fey is adorable as a gulag guard who yearns to sing, but even better is Ty Burrell as a Clouseau-like Interpol inspector.
  22. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Mar 24, 2014
    60
    Nearly as good as the last film — the starrier cameos compensating somewhat for the more scattershot plot — this is fun but could have been more deeply felt.
  23. Reviewed by: Stuart Heritage
    Mar 22, 2014
    60
    A wasted opportunity.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 20, 2014
    60
    This time the movie really is — as the old theme song promises — sensational, celebrational and Muppetational.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 20, 2014
    60
    Like its immediate predecessor, Muppets Most Wanted has one tremendous advantage, even when it missteps: Muppets.
  26. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 19, 2014
    60
    It's not bad, exactly; the songs are catchy, the cameos are okay, and some of the jokes work fine. Set your expectations super-low, and you'll probably be fine.
  27. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Mar 16, 2014
    60
    Story aside, this is about the gags, songs and then more gags. On the upside, the jokes are great: the usual jolly mix of character humour, situation comedy, farce, satire and wordplay.
  28. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Mar 16, 2014
    60
    Smartly spoofy rather than sweetly nostalgic, this distractingly star-studded jaunt is fast and funny, but short on emotional punch.
  29. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 25, 2014
    50
    The most significant and bizarre problem with Muppets Most Wanted is a lack of a protagonist.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 21, 2014
    50
    The way that Muppets Most Wanted grabs for the green is criminal.
  31. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Mar 20, 2014
    50
    There’s something sour and strained about this movie that’s at odds with the usual Muppet ethos of game, let’s-put-on-a-show cheer. Maybe that’s because of the inordinate amount of screen time spent on the rivalry between two villains who are as uninteresting as they are unpleasant.
  32. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 20, 2014
    50
    The whole film seems to have a vague heaviness to it. The best Muppet movies have been great because they had charm. There’s no charm here, really; just self-referential jokes, decent but not memorable songs, and lots and lots of cameos.
  33. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 20, 2014
    50
    Part of the problem here is one of proportion: The movie throws a misjudged majority of the material to the villains and lets the unfashionably sincere and sweet-natured Muppets fend for themselves.
  34. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 11, 2014
    50
    The repetitive storyline about successive heists during a Muppets European tour grows tiresome and the fun is intermittent.
  35. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 21, 2014
    40
    That's not to say Muppets Most Wanted is all stuffing and nonsense. The franchise hasn't declined that much just yet. There are entertaining moments to be had here, for sure.
  36. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Mar 12, 2014
    40
    Muppet film number eight is a resounding disappointment: it’s uneven and often grating, with only a few moments of authentic delight, and almost none of the sticky-sweet, toast-and-honey crunch of its vastly enjoyable 2011 forerunner.
  37. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 11, 2014
    40
    Muppets Most Wanted looks and sounds eager to please but immediately feels like a more slapdash, aimless affair, trying — and mostly failing — to turn its stalled creativity into some sort of self-referential joke.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    Absolutely on par with the first Disney Muppets movie, if you enjoyed the first you're going to enjoy this one. A true sequel as it continuesAbsolutely on par with the first Disney Muppets movie, if you enjoyed the first you're going to enjoy this one. A true sequel as it continues from the first while continuing to ignore every rule of storyline and never taking itself too seriously. Will be watching again, too much awesome to catch it all in the first viewing. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2014
    10
    Classic muppets. Funnier, songier, punnier than the last one. I know a few people have complained but i dont get it. was so much fun. theClassic muppets. Funnier, songier, punnier than the last one. I know a few people have complained but i dont get it. was so much fun. the adults that went with me loved it and so did the kids. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2014
    7
    While it doesn't quite reach the heights of the previous film, Muppets Most Wanted is a good time at the movies. The songs are still catchyWhile it doesn't quite reach the heights of the previous film, Muppets Most Wanted is a good time at the movies. The songs are still catchy and the cameos are fun. This one is actually focused a little more on the Muppets than the human characters, which I liked, it just seemed a little long. If you like the Muppets, go check this out! Full Review »