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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 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Aug 7, 2014
    [A] basically brainless but intermittently adrenalizing, mostly-just-for-kids reboot.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Aug 4, 2014
    The castmembers portraying Splinter and the turtles achieve a persuasive level of realism that was never possible with the elaborate puppetry required for the original film series and adequately fulfill expectations for their characters.
  3. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 13, 2014
    A consistently workmanlike helmer, Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles) keeps the pace brisk and the overall tone closer to that of the recent G.I. Joe vehicles, infusing this glorified toy commercial with an almost aggressively knowing sense of humor and exactly one fun action sequence on New York’s most conveniently located mountaintop.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 4, 2014
    Neither a particularly good movie nor the pop-cultural travesty that some were dreading.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 7, 2014
    The repartee, as ever, is weak. Even with all the extra layers of digital detail, it’s still tough to keep these four straight. And the CG characters’ slimy rendering and motion-capture expressiveness could go down with “The Polar Express” as a study in inadvertent, technologically misguided screen creepiness. Wackier would have been OK, guys — it’s the Ninja Turtles.
  6. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Aug 4, 2014
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that takes its characters and its premise seriously, until it doesn't, and that operates at two speeds: tortoise (ponderous) and hare (head-spinning).
  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: 47 out of 93
  2. Negative: 32 out of 93
  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 13, 2014
    The hate this movie is receiving (mostly due to the Megan Fox/Michael Bay hating band wagon) is ridiculous. It's a fun movie that really captures the characteristics and relationships of the turtles. There were some great action sequences and funny moments that shadowed some of the cliche moments and occasional corny dialogue. Overall, we had a great time and even saw it a second time. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2014
    I just saw the film in theaters (standard). To sum it up, I had fun with it. It's not necessarily kid-friendly though as there were a decent amount of adult jokes thus making me feel this film contrary to what others say, is geared towards older tmnt fans who are more adults rather than younger ones today who would be kids.

    I'll say this straight up though, I came into viewing this film as a summer blockbuster ie fun and action oriented rather than awesome story-telling, so I am reviewing this as such.

    I think they did a good job of bringing the turtles to the modern age ie updating them while keeping the spirit of the turtle's family concept alive.

    I'm not exactly sure why people were complaining about the cgi. It simply worked. In all honesty the only CGI character that seemed a little out of place was Splinter, but not enough to warrant any sort of raging over. A lot of the character movements were crisp and I would think that has to do with the fact that they went mocap instead of all cgi.

    I liked the turtles. They had good characterization of the turtles and the character design, though kind of stereotypical, fits the turtles. I just wished they individually showcased the turtles a bit more. I wanted martial arts action with the weaponry as their weapons was part of their personalities as well.

    Splinter needed more shine, but he had something.

    Shredder imho is probably the best in terms of pure-martial-arts-action-fun. The tenacity and attitude he showed was simply what I would put as 'beast'. Sure he didn't get much shine in terms of characterization, but neither did anybody else.

    Overall action? I like how they didn't rely too much on shaky-cam for action sequences as that is something I notice a lot of American/hollywood action films tend to do to make the action sequences more exciting than they really are. I hate it, personal gripe. It feels like lazy fight choreography. I grew up watching hong kong martial arts films, so I prefer some finesse over practicality. Ever seen UFC casted martial arts films? Bleh. Actually a mixture of both, but a good balance with finesse tipping the scale a bit. I do however dislike the close-up shots during action sequences in the film though. Unless they are zooming in on a specific technique/attack in the film to emphasize its impact, unnecessary close-ups in action sequences ruins them to an extent. Donnie Yen's fight choreography imho is great and utilizes close-up shots well. Also the slow-mo, as expected when Michael Bay was involved. Not a fan of it unless used correctly. If they are used to extend a fight scene, then no, but if used to emphasize a certain action then yes. TMNT had a mix of slow-mo for extension and slow-mo for emphasis, so I'm ok with it.

    One thing though that will be in tandem is the overall theme of family and teamwork. I loved how they utilized it well and especially in their biggest action scene.

    As for April and Vern, they're just kind of there. If you go into this for the turtles kicking butt and not expect a highly detailed story with intricate plot devices like people for some reason are doing then you will enjoy it. If you go in expecting Lord of the Rings level of story-telling then don't be surprised when it 'fails' you. I'm quite surprised sometimes with people's lack of distinction between genres, especially for film.

    Otherwise my biggest gripe was that it felt short or should I say rushed. It is 1 hr and 41 minutes long, but I honestly think they could've extended it to the 2hr mark and added some padding with the beginning while extending action sequences. What can I say? I like good action. The more the merrier.

    Is it worth a 10 admission? If you like Ninja Turtles yeah sure. If you're iffy about it, go matinee. I'll be watching it again, but this time with my brothers for a more authentic TMNT nostalgia feel and will be trying out the 3D version, even though I heard the 3D was underwhelming.

    Because I went in with a smaller list of expectations, I am giving it a 7.5/10.
  4. Aug 10, 2014
    This film could be good for one watching. But stupid characters, the freaking transformer named Shredder and leadership of effects make this film a stupid parody on Ninja Turtles. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2014
    Incredibly boring, poorly acted, profusely tedious and graciously idiotic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just as bad, if not worse, than its title let's on. Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2014
    I had very low expectations going into the film and didnt expect much. I was very reluctant to see this film, but I did anyways. By the end, my low expectations were met. Several things the film did well was give the turtles some character & humor: something that I wasnt expecting from a Michael Bay produced film. The Turtle's acting was pretty good as well, but the human actors were bad, especially Megan Fox. Also, the film's plot was awful and action sequences were a huge letdown. Overall, wasnt expecting much from the film, and I didnt get much from a bad film like this. 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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