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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 MutantThe 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] Collapse
  • 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 33
  2. Negative: 15 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Aug 7, 2014
    63
    [A] basically brainless but intermittently adrenalizing, mostly-just-for-kids reboot.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Aug 4, 2014
    50
    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
    50
    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: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 5, 2014
    40
    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: Simon Abrams
    Aug 8, 2014
    38
    If nothing else, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reminds us that nostalgia is often used as a mandate for spectacularly lazy filmmaking.
  6. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Aug 6, 2014
    30
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t a movie; it’s a brand re-launch that’s going to satisfy stockholders far more than it’s going to entertain the people who paid to watch it.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 7, 2014
    0
    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: 73 out of 146
  2. Negative: 50 out of 146
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    This movie completely satisfied me and set itself up for a great sequel. It had great CGI and facial animation which made the turtles seemThis 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 17, 2014
    9
    The movie is great!Everyone says that the Turtles are ugly and they don't look like the original Turtles.But,Kevin Eastman made thisThe movie is great!Everyone says that the Turtles are ugly and they don't look like the original Turtles.But,Kevin Eastman made this Redesign,and Eastman is the co-creator of the Turtles!
    The CGI is perfect,the Action Scenes were awesome,my favorite was the Snow Chase one.
    Shredder looks PERFECT to an actual Shredder,he almost killed all the turtles in the middle of the movie and almost killed the turtles again in the Final Battle.
    Everyone says that Megan Fox was awful as April O'Neil,but she wasn't so bad.She could be a little better,but she was very good.
    The only thing that I didn't liked was that,in the first 20 minutes of the movie,you just have some Action Scenes,and little ones.And when you blink,you already see the Turtles fightning the Foot Clan,Shredder,Protecting April and Splinter,and trying to save the city.
    The new story for the turtles is actually very good,at least they're not Aliens.
    I recommend this movie to every Ninja Turtles' fan,it's excellent,but not better than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990.
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  3. Aug 17, 2014
    8
    Was pleasantly surprised with this one. Wasn't a huge tnmt watcher as I was a little too old so with that said I definitely recommend this toWas pleasantly surprised with this one. Wasn't a huge tnmt watcher as I was a little too old so with that said I definitely recommend this to anyone wanted a good action flick with some good humor. Hope a sequel is right around the corner. Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2014
    5
    This film could be good for one watching. But stupid characters, the freaking transformer named Shredder and leadership of effects make thisThis 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
    4
    Incredibly boring, poorly acted, profusely tedious and graciously idiotic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just as bad, if not worse, than itsIncredibly 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. Oct 19, 2014
    2
    Very simply the reason why I have given this film such a low score - It does not make any reference or use any of the great story line fromVery simply the reason why I have given this film such a low score - It does not make any reference or use any of the great story line from the comics/ old films and tv shows.

    The reasons for this:

    1. Nothing about Japan is mentioned. Japan and Ninjitsu are the back story here so why do they have no mention.
    2. Splinter has a master - Master Yoshi no mention of him
    3. The story makes no sense either. Who actually killed Aprils father? the fire or shredder?
    4. If anyone reads the story plot of the original 1987 series OR the 2003 series you will understand about the back story.
    5. This has completely ruined another franchise thanks to good old Michael Bay!
    This guy just ruins everything he touches, all his films are simply just explosion after explosion.
    6. People giving this a higher score above 5, are clearly 15.
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  7. Sep 26, 2014
    0
    Hated it.....Hated it.....

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