Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 30, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is exactly as advertised: one-liners, brawls, and general silliness. Good for the young at heart, irritating for everyone else.

Henry Sheehan
Hollywood Reporter

The one subplot that could have been milked, about a young friend of O'Neil's who falls in with the gang, is handled indifferently and fails to supply much in the way of a youthful identification figure.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The unapologetically hokey humor and dialogue and characters have their charms for sheer late-'80s kitsch value.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-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.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

A movie that displays two traits nobody would ever associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It is grim and it is no fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Never beat the original film down Michael Bay!
JY Skacto
Steve Barron has 4 turtles in his shell. 4 teenage mutant ninja turtles.<p>While looking a little cheesy, and not just the pizza, <i>Teenage Mutant… More
Josh Lewis
Despite dated puppet effects and sometimes cheesy dialogue, TMNT the movie is also surprisingly darker and more mature than expected. They absolutely nail the… More
Phil Hubbs
The first Turtle movie and I just about recall how big of a furore it made when it came out. Everything was all about the Turtles back then, Turtle mania,… More
KJ Proulx
This live action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film definitely feels like it pays tribute to the old show in many ways, while also going a bit too… More
Edward Boxler
Growing up as a kid, I had two obsessions: Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And of these two, the latter practically consumed me for the first five… More