Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is the live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles--Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello--have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of a large city. Under the guidance of a ninja master Splinter the Rat and television reporter April, the Turtles embark on a mission to run crime out of the city and battle the warlord Shredder. The Turtles have been designed by Jim Henson Productions and effortlessly fit into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"A dismal, tedious affair."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It is itself a mutant of sorts, a contentious, unsightly hybrid of martial-arts exploitation film and live-action cartoon."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"...an uneven, needlessly episodic adaptation that simply isn't able to justify its feature-length running time."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Cowabunga! A hip and happening time for fans of all ages!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Entertaining enough to gloss over the crassness of its underpinnings."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Scores with its generally engaging tongue-in-cheek humor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Between the dubbed dialogue and the dark visuals, the cumulative effect is curiously dislocating."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Muppetry coaxes campy '90s hit out of its shell."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"A well-rounded, unpretentious, very funny, knockabout adventure -- subtly blended so that it's fun for all the family."
‑ Lloyd Bradley, Empire Magazine
"Not as good as the comic, but fun."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The results are high-spirited martial arts and comedy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Parents can vaguely console themselves, however, that amid the kiddie pollution available on Saturday morning TV, the Turtles rank slightly better than the rest."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Of the three live-action films, this one is the best. The characters are fresh, and the adventure has a great start to the franchise."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"By no means exceptional, but you have to admire the turtle performers for their agility, and Elia Corteas for keeping a straight face."
‑ , Film4
"Maintains an effective balance between the kiddie toon and the more subtle comics it was based on. Koteas is miscast, though."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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