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  • Summary: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. 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 and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. [Paramount Pictures] Expand
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 101 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Aug 7, 2014
    [A] basically brainless but intermittently adrenalizing, mostly-just-for-kids reboot.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Aug 3, 2014
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is about as predictable as movies get these days.
  3. Reviewed by: Sandie Angulo Chen
    Aug 7, 2014
    While this reboot is fun, it’s also forgettable and occasionally infuriating.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 5, 2014
    Utterly inessential, this slightly cheap-looking reboot of the Turtles franchise is froth too — it might even be too tame for the kids who make up the target audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Cliff Lee
    Aug 8, 2014
    If TMNT the franchise is going to reach the same lofty heights of blockbuster-dom, it still needs to find its own inner hero.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 7, 2014
    Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga? If so, that's the word for the charmless, dull and derivative new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 7, 2014
    The cloddish, confusing action scenes make no sense. Young viewers’ eyes will glaze from the first-person video-game style. Nonaction scenes feature people sniping at each other, or, in Arnett’s case, croaking out the script’s half-assed witticisms, until the Turtles show up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 82
  2. Negative: 30 out of 82
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    This movie completely satisfied me and set itself up for a great sequel. It had great CGI and facial animation which made the turtles seem like actual characters. It had amazing fight scenes and actually made me say, DAMN! great new story and it made me laugh out loud several times. I can't wait for the second. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2014
    I thought this movie was going to be a steaming pile of sh%t. Yet another old kid’s property about to be ruined by Michael Bay? Without seeing it, I secretly hoped it would flop, just so I could have a personal victory against Michael Bay for making Transformers 4. I was so disappointed with Transformers 4: Age of Extinction--I had had enough afterwards from the series. The trailers got my hopes up for an entertaining-but-brainless film. Yet I was so wrong to let him fool me. And to think it made more than a billion dollars, when MUCH better films made less. With TMNT, the original trailers looked good, but the more recent TV spots had IMO stupid and kid-oriented humor. Because of so many negative reviews, I really thought this film was going to be very disappointing.

    I wonder if people are really blinded by hating Bay (honestly, I don't blame them that much). I enjoyed the first three Transformers films the first time I viewed them (I was younger, P.S); but in subsequent viewings I found more and more flaws. So, to sum it up---I’m not a Bay fanboy or a hater, but I have lost faith in any future films he directs. (I also happened to like one of the animated series about TMNT that aired on TV.) However, Bay produced (he didn’t direct) TMNT. But it’s kinda funny his name is in the promo materials, and not the director’s name, Jonathan Liebesman. To all those people urging moviegoers to see Guardians of the Galaxy, I must mention that I did watch GOTG as well. It was the 3rd best Disney MCU Marvel film for me, only behind Captain America 2 and Iron Man.

    I’ve been off topic so far, so I’ll get to the point. Megan Fox? I honestly think she didn’t act nearly as bad as in some of her other performances (though she probably could benefit from some more varied facial expressions!). I think she’s not the best choice for April O’Neil, but Megan Fox could’ve been a lot worse. Fox is pretty much the protagonist of this film; which probably isn’t a good thing. Not because she acted poorly, but because the movie is called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! There wasn’t as much focus on the Turtles as they should’ve been. The four Turtles don’t have much character development. They’re all something similar to basic stereotypes/archetypes. Raphael gets slightly more development than the rest of the turtles, simply because of a few lines at the end. Michelangelo is the funniest. I’d say Leonardo had the least development. Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick is the second comic relief character, after Michelangelo. But why do they need Vernon as another silly comic-relief guy? They already have Michelangelo. So why is he in the film?. Splinter seems too harsh to the Turtles IMO. And he doesn’t seem very wise and intelligent to me. He’s just a mutated rat who learned martial arts from some book in the sewers. Really? I think that’s stretching it a bit, even in a movie about 6-foot-tall teenage mutant ninja turtles. Eric Sacks’ (whose name bears a suspicious resemblance to Oroku Saki) motivation for his evil plan is kind of a weak one—release a deadly virus, conveniently have a cure, make tons of money of it. Really? He’s already rich. He was obviously supposed to be Shredder, but I assume some last minute change stripped Eric of any real depth. Shredder is something of a weak villain as well—we never see his face. He is constantly in that robotic armored suit of his. His suit is probably too much of a deviation from the source material for many hardcore fans. And exactly why does he want to take over New York again? I honestly can’t remember. Whoever is Shredder under the suit, he certainly wasn’t originally a character to be featured in the film. Because of fan backlash, I believe he was added. Dr. Baxter Stockman is just there. Just there.

    The CGI close up still looks slightly strange, but I guess we’ll have to get used to it. (A TMNT sequel is scheduled to release in 2016.) At one point, the film’s name was going to be just “Ninja Turtles”. Really? As if the original titles wasn’t self-explanatory. They really needed to come up with a simpler name? Why not just call them "Adolescent Genetically Altered Shinobi Terrapins”? It’s basically the thing.

    Anyway, I liked one of the TMNT cartoons when I was a kid. (I even had a jacket with them on it!) But that doesn’t really qualify me as a fanboy. As I said before, I’m not a Michael Bay hater or fanboy. My opinion? Despite some underdeveloped characters and some plotlines and plot elements directly ripped off from The Amazing Spider-Man, I think TMNT is still an enjoyable movie. It was fun and entertained me for an hour and a half. And that’s honestly all that matters.

    If you liked this review, I have also reviewed the 2014 films Guardians of the Galaxy, Sharknado 2, Dawn of the Planets of the Apes, Transformers 4, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Edge of Tommorow, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Transcendence, Blended, The Lego Movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and more!
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    Seams like way to many people are taking a kids action franchise way to seriously. To many people are unwilling to accept change because they want to relive their childhood. that's why they are rating this film so poorly. Also people are stuck on Bay being involved. For these people I ask them to get over it. we are 30 years past the origins of the original TNMT which I grew up on. I watched the cartoons of the 80's , the movies in the 90's and I had action figures as a kid, so I am quite familiar with franchise. However I realize that most things change to keep up with the change in culture. And several things have changed about the TMNT franchise in that time ie. the foot sliiders originally were robots but in the 90's movies they were misfit kids. The 2014 remake of TMNT was very good because more then anything it was entertaining! and that's what I go to see movies like ninja turtles for... to be entertained for several hours. there was plenty of action which was innocent enough for kids to watch (remember this is a movie based on kids cartoon), but violent enough to keep adults interested (the scene with shredder and splinter is classic). Also provided laughs and humor the entire family could enjoy. There is a lot of criticism being made of the turtles new appearance but in actuality this more disfigured and massive appearance is more of what you would expect from something that was mutated from a radioactive experimental substance (sorry my fellow old timers) I also actually enjoyed/ thought the creation and backstory of the turtles was better and more realistic then from the original cartoons and movies (big fan of both). At the end of the movie the entire theater clapped and kids were having a blast. My eight year old who just finished watching Guardians of the galaxy (which he loved by the way) said he liked TMNT better. And my wife whom I have to drag to the movies said she enjoyed it a lot. So if your looking for a great time with the family and want to feel like you were on a ride at universal studios this is a movie you should go and see.
    There are several things about the movie that did throw me off (but again it is a movie that is made for the family to have fun and not trying to appease the 30 and 40 year olds who want a replica of their childhood.). that being said the story does tend to focus more on April rather then the turtles. Also the foot clan don't have any martial arts background which was a little disappointing. But I am hopeful that the sequel will incorporate more of these aspects. trust me the changes in this movie do nothing to diminish the things us old timers liked about the Teenage mutant ninja turtles.
  4. Aug 20, 2014
    At first, I wasn't expecting anything from this movie. It had all the signs that it would be bad. While it's not the best turtles movie, It was still a decent flick. You can tell Micheal Bay had a TON of involvement in this movie, because it falls into the same trap as the Transformers movies. This movie should REALLY be called April O...scratch that, Megan Fox, featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To everyone predicting that Megan would not be a good April, you were right. She felt really 1-dimensional and again felt like she was there to appeal to the teenage boy demographic. Shredder was very 1-dimensional as well, and pretty much looked like a mini-Transformer. The ONLY redeemable thing about this movie, is the Turtles themselves. Each actor did an excellent job portraying the turtles, and when they were on screen, I really thought we had a good turtle movie on our hands. However, I was kinda wrong. The only other thing great about this movie, was the downhill action scene. That was truly great. None of the other characters were great at doing what they were intended to do, and the turtles are the only reason to see this movie. Is it the worst turtles movie? No. Is it the best? Far from it. It's really just a "Meh" or "Okay" movie. I gotta hand to the movie though, at least it was better than Transformers:AoE. I am, however, excited and curious to see where this franchise goes. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2014
    Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) the best movies of this summer, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) worst movie of the year with Tammy and, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2014
    it look's like the director of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) , is Michael Bay and not Jonathan Liebsman, because the way the camera moves in this movie. Expand
  7. Aug 18, 2014
    I really wanted this movie to be good but it stinks it went from a fart to a shart the kind that leaves you feeling dirty and filled with self loathing for days to come. The terrible acting by Megan Fox combined with the almost rapey Michelangelo, awful character design and writing made me barely able to sit through the 1st 30 min. of this turd I have never walked out of a movie but this left me wishing I had. Expand

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