Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    After that first second we quit wondering: This is magic, after all, so who wants to know where Henson is?
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 13, 2013
    There’s a fair amount of Hollywood magic in the way director James Frawley and Henson’s Muppeteers stick Kermit and friends into scenarios in which he’s riding a bike, rowing a boat, and walking in cowboy boots. But the less showy effects always defined the Muppets.
  3. 80
    Jim Henson, Muppet originator, and Frank Oz, creative consultant, have abandoned the successful format of their vidshow, and inserted their creations into a well-crafted combo of musical comedy and fantasy adventure.
  4. Cute without being insipid, funny without being childish, The Muppet Movie contains enough magic to please all ages.
  5. Reviewed by: John Snow
    Muppet magic remains a bewildering succession of wonderful bits.
  6. It's also very well written by Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns and directed by James Frawley ("Kid Blue," "The Big Bus") with a comic touch that never becomes facetious.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 16, 2015
    “Life’s like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep Believing. Keep Pretending”
    - Jim Henson
    Do not judge this film by the title. This is
    “Life’s like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep Believing. Keep Pretending”
    - Jim Henson

    Do not judge this film by the title. This is not strictly a children’s movie. This is a film that has a message for all of those who have a dream to achieve.

    The film is a movie within a movie, with all of the muppets attending a screening of a movie that tells how they all met and became a family. The actual movie begins with Kermit in a swamp singing what would become one of the iconic songs ever created, “The Rainbow Connection”. When the song ends, an agent named Bernie comes in a boat explaining to Kermit that he is able to reach his dream, which is “singing, dancing, and making millions of people happy” by traveling to Hollywood, Los Angeles. Along the way, he meets an entrepreneur named Doc Hopper, and his assistant Max, who wants to convince Kermit to become the new spokesman of his French-fried frog legs restaurant. Kermit refuses, and as the film goes on, Hopper increasingly becomes more aggressive to make Kermit become part of the struggling restaurant.

    As Kermit makes his journey to Los Angeles, he meets Fozzie Bear, a jolly bear who struggles as a stand-up comedian in a sleazy bar. Feeling sorry for him, Kermit invites Fozzie to come with him along the ride and they soon experience misadventures where they meet the rest of the muppet characters, including Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, their manager Scooter and their pet Animal, The Great Gonzo and his girlfriend Camilla the Chicken, Sweetums, Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, and Miss Piggy, who would become Kermit’s love interest, and chaos soon ensues while also doing everything they possibly can to avoid Doc Hopper.

    These characters become so believable and lovable that you actually begin to feel for them as the film goes on. And by the time comes when the muppets finally arrive at Hollywood and are hired by studio executive Lew Lord, you will end up cheering for Kermit when he realizes that he had finally achieved his dream and developed a new family at the same time.

    What makes this film so significant is the inspiring story, music, and the development of these "puppet" characters. At first the all consider each other as just “weird”, but as they move along in their journey, they all put their differences aside and learn about each other, developing as a colorful family, and Kermit finding the “Rainbow Connection”.

    Out of all the muppet films, I can honestly say that this is the film that truly has the perfect balance of comedy along with heart and charm. Furthermore, the way the characters are portrayed in this film is very strong and actually allows them to connect with the audience, and with Paul Williams' beautiful score, the emotional core goes above and beyond, especially during the grand finale.

    In short, 'The Muppet Movie' is a great film that represents the Muppets at their greatest with great humor and a lot of heart.
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  2. Mar 17, 2014
    Almost 35 years later and this film still holds up really well. There is not much a story here but there doesn’t need to be. The characters inAlmost 35 years later and this film still holds up really well. There is not much a story here but there doesn’t need to be. The characters in this movie are likeable and have a lot of charm, which make the film entertaining. Plus, the songs are pretty good. It may be different from the show but I think fans of the Muppets will be happy to see their favorite characters on the big screen. If you are fan of the Muppets definitely check this out as this a film with a lot of heart and charm. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2010
    songs, chase scenes, and slapstick humor.... they're a lot of fun.