Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze
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 arch-enemy Shredder, who kidnaps nutty professor Jordan Perry David Warner, the man who invented the infamous ooze, in order to use the ooze to destroy the Turtles. Shredder enlists his hapless German shepherd puppy named Rahzar and a baby snapping turtle named Toko and dips them in the ooze to turn them into horrible and imposing ninja warriors. But on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gene Siskel, 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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Hellbent on being innocuous, high-spirited fun, but it just comes off as shrill and shallow and dimwitted."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This sequel is less abrasive than its predecessor and was considerably less successful at the box office."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"This is one of those rare sequels that actually lives up quite nicely to the original."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The artful grunge is gone -- and so's the edge. The whole movie is bright yet colorless"
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando 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."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This swindle of a sequel is so dim that it looks as if it were lit by candles."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Clever if rather mechanical."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"More dialogue-heavy and somewhat less frenetic, this sequel is somewhat more to my own taste."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"The plot of Turtles II hinges on toxic waste and that turns out to be a pretty accurate description of the film."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The Turtles return in this underwhelming sequel that generally fares about as well as its predecessor..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This lacks the darkness and subtlty that makes th first film so good, and so adult, but its simplified plot and gags will appeal to the under tens."
‑ Lloyd Bradley, Empire Magazine

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