The Muppet Movie
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The transition from the yank-'em-off-if-they-bomb lunacy of the TV show to the coherent narration of the film is not a complete success."
‑ John Skow, TIME Magazine
"There's always room in movies for unbridled amiability when it's governed by intelligence and wit."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"With his Muppets, Henson found a balance between fuzzy post-hippie positivism and self-deprecating wit, and he added in the same quality that made many of the era's cultural phenomena so charming: simple problem-solving."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The most condensed and purified expression of the starry-eyed optimistic humanism that defined all of Henson's best work."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the funniest family films of the 1970s."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As expected, Fozzie the Bear and the old geezers Statler and Waldorf receive the lion's share of the choice lines."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"'The Muppet Movie' is one big road trip, and like 'The Blues Brothers' there's a payoff not just at the end, but around nearly every corner. Music only sweetens the deal."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"First Muppet movie is a classic."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Cute without being insipid, funny without being childish, The Muppet Movie contains enough magic to please all ages."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Slapstick chases and weak movie references look tired, while the attitude towards Miss Piggy and Camilla the Chicken is, well, less than progressive."
‑ , Time Out
"while The Muppet Movie is certainly entertaining, the shift to a coherent, linear, feature-length narrative deprives the film the show's brilliantly structured inanity"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This isn't about one sock puppet's search to be all that he can be. It's about a community combining their talents to bring joy to the world."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The Muppets were formally inventive long before Charlie Kaufman came on the scene."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Not only was The Muppet Movie a great children's movie in 1979, one that viewers of all ages could enjoy, but it's still a great children's movie today."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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