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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] Expand
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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: 88 out of 176
  2. Negative: 61 out of 176
  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. Jan 14, 2015
    9
    Great movie, loved the animation of the turtles and excellent storyline. Looking forward to the sequel. I personally think this movie isGreat movie, loved the animation of the turtles and excellent storyline. Looking forward to the sequel. I personally think this movie is underrated, just look carefully into the movie and see everything that's really in it. For me, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles almost gets a 10. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2014
    8
    I don't understand the bad ratings for this movie. To me as a tmnt fan of the original cartoons I felt like I was watching a tmnt live cartoonI don't understand the bad ratings for this movie. To me as a tmnt fan of the original cartoons I felt like I was watching a tmnt live cartoon it was awesome. I wish Michael bay could have done as good of a job with transformers. 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 22, 2014
    4
    Today was the first showing of this movie for Bulgaria, and ofcourse, most of my friends went along with me to see it. I was even dressed upToday was the first showing of this movie for Bulgaria, and ofcourse, most of my friends went along with me to see it. I was even dressed up as Casey Jones, and my beautiful girlfriend was my lovely April O'Neil, so it became a "thing" - something to expect. The first TMNT movie in a long time. In other words - we were excited, even knowing that it won't be good. We just wanted it to be OK.
    Well, it wasn't.
    I really don't want to say this, but this movie is terrible. If you have even a little bit of logical and critical thinking, you will see that.
    Director Jonathan Liebesman, known for nothing even remotely good, did a semi-terrible job. A few scenes pop up and will be remembered for a while as exciting or cool, but nothing more. Josh Appelbaum did a particularly terrible job writing the script, it simply gave nothing for the actors to work with, it was very simple, and most jokes weren't worth more than a chuckle. A lot of people are saying the turtles ARE the turtles when they "get it on" - I strongly disagree, having read most of the original and IDW comics, and watched most of the TV series, I know how the turtles act, and this were not the turtles. The Turtles are a lot more charming than simply a nerd, a nobody, a loverboy and a grumpy guy with an attitude. Mr. Wolf said it best: the fact that you are a character does not mean you have character, and this is just the case with this rendition of our favorite heroes.
    Further more, the story is very badly paced, it was one of those movies that feels very fast and very slow all at once - there were no moments of gradual suspense, nothing of value at all. You only need to see how weak the intro is to get what I mean, and the ending is even worse (it doesn't have a finale, it just ends in a typical Michael Bay fashion). And - spoilers - about the supposed climax, though cool at times, I agree with some critics that it was too similar to the one in Amazing Spider-Man 1. Other than that, the geek in me wants to say that this movie has the same problems as the original TMNT 2, though I will not point-out which, so not to spoil.
    When it comes to acting, I can only say two things. First - William Fichtner was the only one of all the cast who was doing actual acting. Even though he was given 0 good text to work with, he had every scene he was in in complete control, as you'd expect. Everyone else was simply there, trying to do acting, rather than acting. The other thing I want to note, although it's not really acting related - the Shredder is much more cooler looking on screen. Sure, the Victorynox effects are obvious, but he is a lot less bulky and a bit more bad ass than he seems to be, so at least I'm glad about that. Oh, and Megan Fox did try though, for like 2 minutes.
    The movie sounds ok, it's the typical Michael Bay style sound work - a lot of slow-mo dubstepish sounds and a lot of metal scraping noises, and a soundtrack worth 2 hours and a synth - nothing of value. The theme song by Wiz Khalifa and his entourage of various rappers is catchy, but notably weak and stupid. Even more so than Ninja Rap, and that's a whole new level of stupid only 2014's rappers can offer.
    The post-production work was terrible - it was obvious how the movie went through a lot of stages, it was obvious how Sacks was going to be Shredder before the fan outrage, a lot of scenes have no sense what so ever, but nothing can be done about that.
    The movie is pretty damn weak. And if you can't stand stand being not-critical or logical, you are not going to like it at all. (Yeah, it is scary how this movie surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy and Planet of the Apes.)
    However, if you have kids - take 'em to see it. Kids love this movie. And ultimately... this movie, in particular, is obviously made for them. It wants to take you on a joy ride, and if you are a little kid, not knowing most of the history of TMNT (like, per say, me), you will have a blast and go want a toy afterwards. Hell, even I wanted a toy afterwards. But that's what comic book movies do to you I guess.
    The movie is not as terrible as some people point it out to be, but it is pretty weak, Kids will love it, real fans will probably hate it, but be excited by it. Either way, a sequel is already due and with Bibop and Rocksteady confirmed for it, maybe we will see something a tad more faithful, and let's hope - better.
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  6. Feb 26, 2015
    2
    Megan Fox is certainly a beautiful woman but she needs to either stop using too much botox or invest more time learning to act. She was theMegan Fox is certainly a beautiful woman but she needs to either stop using too much botox or invest more time learning to act. She was the only non CGI main character in the movie but somehow the least expressive. Its not like Fox needs to give a Oscar winning interpretation but her surprise, scare and amazed face where exactly the same and not very convincing. I know that the plot needs to be water down because of intended audience but it does not mean that there should be none at all. Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    0
    Hated it.....Hated it.....

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