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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
  • 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: 75 out of 150
  2. Negative: 52 out of 150
  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. Oct 27, 2014
    8
    People expect far too much from a movie these days. Even before I had seen the movie or read about it I knew exactly what to expect. The filmPeople expect far too much from a movie these days. Even before I had seen the movie or read about it I knew exactly what to expect. The film was never going to win any awards but people are far too quick to say the negatives and not enjoy the film for what it was. Entertainment. That is what is was for me an hour and a half of senseless brainless action and comedy. Who cares if it didn't follow the original exactly the same. Yes the turtles were not exposed to ooze but were an experiment instead which lets be honest is far more believable. On to the film itself. I enjoyed it because I accepted it for what it was. The turtles themselves made me laugh the personality of each one of them was different and very comedic. The sequence down the mountain was excellent and very well done it definitely made me site back and think wow impressive. The lift scene was especially funny and made me laugh out loud. In short its a film that is all it is and an entertaining one. There are many more films out there that are worse than this. Just give it a chance... 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. Aug 8, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ultimately it’s just kind of… there. It’s bland. Most of the things that make the TMNT franchise feel special have been sanded off to make a very generic modern superhero movie, but one that does almost everything worse than the rest do. There’s a brief action scene that’s sort of like a key early sequence in Batman Begins, just… worse. The origin backstory for the Turtles and Splinter and the entire climax scene are photocopies of The Amazing Spider-Man, just… worse. They add nothing to what came before. None of it’s memorable. It’s just there.
    If I can give some praise, I’ll give it to Noel Fisher. He’s a good Michelangelo. The few times I found myself smiling, it was because of his performance. Easily the high point.
    The script is awful. Nothing makes a bit of sense. Eric Sacks’ evil master plan is to pump the city full of deadly gas and use the curative properties of the mutagen (a shoehorned-in aspect of the IDW comic series that’s just kinda… there, overcomplicating things for no specific reason) to play the “saviour” and cure everyone, and also receive a big government payday. He’s doing it to get rich, even though he’s clearly already crazy rich, with a palatial mountain estate and his own corporate tower in Manhattan. He has no additional motivation. And his actual plan is laughably stupid - he has the Shredder pump the bright red poison gas out from the top of his tower in the city… which would be immediately noticed by absolutely everyone and reveal that he was behind it all along. How does this plan end with anything but him in a prison cell?
    The Shredder himself? He doesn’t need to be in this movie. He serves no purpose. He’s just there to fight Splinter and the Turtles, nothing more. He has no motivation and no character. And even then, he’s almost comically bad at being the big bad villain - he just leaves characters “for dead” twice, who of course turn out to be alive, for no good reason at all. Just, welp, I’m leaving now because whatever. Just to give the movie some cheap drama.
    This movie doesn’t really have much of a plot to speak of. I think it might have more plot holes than actual plot. Plot holes you could drive a Turtle Van through. (Hey, how’s that for a DVD pull quote?)
    It also doesn’t have any real characters; they’re all pretty broad, basic archetypes at best. There’s no real character development or “arc” for anyone. They try to shoehorn one in for Raphael at the end, but the only setup is a very brief scene early on where he threatens to abandon his family. Not much more comes of it, and his big “emotional breakthrough” falls totally flat. They’re trying to have a big character moment without doing the work to set it up.
    In fact, there are a number of attempts at “serious”/emotional scenes that were completely laughable. There was nothing to sell them. They weren’t earned and fell flat. The movie does almost nothing to make you care about these characters - it’s assuming you already do, and that makes it fail on the most basic story level.
    The mo-cap technology used is impressive on a technical level, but the directing make it impossible to believe they’re “real”. Part of that is because all of the shots with no humans in them (and there are a bunch) are in full CGI, and there’s no “real camera” to speak of. The way the digital camera zooms in and flies around looks incredibly fake and downright physically impossible, which makes all of those scenes feel like a cartoon or a video game. It doesn’t match up with the “real” footage at all, so it’s a really jarring, distracting fit that highlights how unreal the Turtles are. In a movie like this, it was the worst possible choice they could have made.
    The action sequences are obnoxious. In fact, the entire movie seems to be directed by a 12-year-old with ADHD. The camera is constantly swooping in and out and tilting into dutch angles and spinning around and shaking with no rhyme or reason. There’s a scene where some random schlub answering a phone gets a dramatic camera swoop. It’s insane. There are no real storytelling skills on display here; it’s just trying to be as busy as possible so you won’t notice. At times it’s downright incomprehensible.
    There’s really not that much more to say about it. It’s a bad movie. It’s pretty forgettable. You can barely even call it a movie, or a story, at all. It’s a bunch of mediocre video-game cut scenes sloppily cut together as a movie. But worst of all, it doesn’t do anything to stand out from the most generic superhero-style action movies out there. And for a TMNT movie, that’s probably the worst thing that can be said about it.
    And that’s the thing… none of my main criticisms have anything to do with the changes to the Turtles’ designs, or the changes to the backstory, or Megan Fox, or any of the other reasons that have set the fanbase on edge. It’s all to do with this being a poorly-written, poorly-made movie on its own merits. There’s nothing worthwhile about it.
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  7. Sep 26, 2014
    0
    Hated it.....Hated it.....

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