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The stars have aligned in an ominous sign, and as a legion of malevolent monsters descends upon New York City to wage war against humanity, the only thing that stands between humankind and certain destruction are four wisecracking turtles with a flair for martial arts and a hearty appetite for pizza. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's "heroes in a half-shell" return to defend the world against an interstellar threat that comes just once every 3,000 years in a computer-animated action comedy that marked the final film role of Japanese screen legend Mako -- here providing the voice of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...while the visuals are terrific, the plot is a distracting clunker that feels like it was written one line at a time by a bunch of overexcited fan-board commentators playing a round-robin storytelling game."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"I guess if you read the comic strip and you played the video games and you watched the TV show and dug the earlier movies, you'll dig this new version. For me, I didn't do any of that stuff."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Whenever the amphibians are in action, the film finds a rhythm that mixes punk graphic cool and merch-friendly visuals."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"The plot's all over the place, but director Kevin Munroe keeps it at a hare's pace. The sharp graphics impress too. It's nothing to cow about, but it does, more or less, fill its shell."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"It won't convert the unfaithful but this messy, energetic action adventure is lurid fun, and may well re-ignite the popularity of the heroes in a half-shell."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"What remains is intensely numbing action scenes, poor plot machinations and joyless character sketches all rendered in exquisitely cold CGI."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Almost every good scene in TMNT is an action sequence and a lot of time and thought has been put into them. So much in fact that none seems to have been spared for the story or any of the other characters."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The strongest ingredient remains the four reptiles' incorrigible charm, which easily outclasses a muddled storyline and concessions to the prepubescent male audience."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"It was a great decision to animate this feature film. The great decisions end there. Unfortunately, TMNT doesn't spend nearly enough time having fun."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"A passable brand rebooting exercise that will impress younger kids even if it doesn't satisfy older fans."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Worst of all is the lack of genuine laughs. Writer-director Kevin Munroe has apparently forgotten that the Ninja Turtle phenomenon started as rib-nudging parody."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The characters were no longer constrained by rubber suits or the laws of physics."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"This mediocre computer-generated action flick is packed full of monsters and sword-fights, but the story-telling is about as deft as a turtle turned on its back, struggling to get up but going nowhere fast."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Ageing fans of the originals with lowered expectations will have an okay-ish time."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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