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: 41%

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"The cynicism of the motion picture industry will be apparent to any child who is exposed to the many product plugs for a nationwide pizza delivery company."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The unapologetically hokey humor and dialogue and characters have their charms for sheer late-'80s kitsch value."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Elias Koteas scores as a mock-turtle vigilante, and there are some nifty turtle effects from the Henson Creature Shop, but little else hits the target, despite Barron covering the cracks with fast editing."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Muppetry coaxes campy '90s hit out of its shell."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"As a movie, Ninja Turtles would make a better cereal. It looks like it needs a little milk and mother-wit poured over it, something to make it snap, crackle and pop."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Despite brisk direction by Steve Barron, plus unbridled energy and fine special effects, an overt glorification of violence is still at the crux of this stunt film."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An excellent adaptation, and a raucous, brutally entertaining action fantasy that embraces the source material lending it valid complexity, and depth."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A dismal, tedious affair."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A movie that displays two traits nobody would ever associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It is grim and it is no fun."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"...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
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