Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

The crime-fighting Turtles -- Michaelangelo (Michelan Sisti), Donatello (Leif Tilden), Raphael (Kenn Troum), and Leonardo (Mark Caso) -- return in this quickly made sequel to the popular superheroes' first film. The story concerns… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Not only is the movie's juvenile dialogue unbearable for adults, but the turtles' dopey and casual attitude towards physical violence makes them poor kids' role models.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

I don't think my negative reaction is a case of a parent forgetting the sort of mindless entertainment that he himself enjoyed as a child; rather the turtle fights are more depressing than joyful.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

One finds in them the same unabashed enjoyment of color and movement, of spectacular athletics and outrageous stunts, that animates the Hong Kong action cinema as a whole and makes it so superbly entertaining.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Hellbent on being innocuous, high-spirited fun, but it just comes off as shrill and shallow and dimwitted.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The artful grunge is gone -- and so's the edge. The whole movie is bright yet colorless

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If the new film is considerably less imaginative than your average Punch-and-Judy show, it is, nevertheless, a step up from last year's turtle-fest.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello are the spunky, upstaging stars of the film, they also have a better cast and story to work with.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

More dialogue-heavy and somewhat less frenetic, this sequel is somewhat more to my own taste.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The plot of Turtles II hinges on toxic waste and that turns out to be a pretty accurate description of the film.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The plot, as primitive as it is, still isn't very clear; it never acquires the spontaneity or the force of a true "story" but seems to exist mainly as a pretext for the familiar Ninja banter so beloved of the cult, as in "Cowabunga, dudes," and such forth

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Sillier than the original and it's a little disappointing that they had to recast April, but still fun to watch. I can't say this is as good as the… More
Phil Hubbs
I haven't seen this film in eons and good golly its dated heavily, there is some serious nostalgia here folks. Straight away in the opening credits I knew… More
KJ Proulx
The sequel to the cult children's film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" definitely loses the flare that made the first film so enjoyable, but the… More
Edward Boxler
When the original TMNT movie came out, parents were enraged at the studio for making such a dark and violent kids film. The "snowflake" generation, as… More
JY Skacto
4 turtles and a canister of ooze is what's on the table in Michael Pressman's <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the… More
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