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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
[A] basically brainless but intermittently adrenalizing, mostly-just-for-kids reboot.
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58

HitFix

By Drew McWeeny
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is about as predictable as movies get these days.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A dark, shaky, standard-issue superhero picture.
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50

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
The action beats are bigger and better than they’ve ever been in a Ninja Turtle film — brawls, shootouts, a snowy car-and-truck chase with big explosions and what not. But in between those scenes is an awful lot of chatter and exposition. For a film that aims younger (save for the die-hards who grew up with this franchise), that’s deadly dull.
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The action beats are bigger and better than they’ve ever been in a Ninja Turtle film — brawls, shootouts, a snowy car-and-truck chase with big explosions and what not. But in between those scenes is an awful lot of chatter and exposition. For a film that aims younger (save for the die-hards who grew up with this franchise), that’s deadly dull.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
The castmembers portraying Splinter and the turtles achieve a persuasive level of realism that was never possible with the elaborate puppetry required for the original film series and adequately fulfill expectations for their characters.
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42

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
It can't be overstated what kind of a marvel these Turtles are onscreen, however. As crude and unpleasant their design might be, they feel like living, breathing things, not special effects.
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40

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Utterly inessential, this slightly cheap-looking reboot of the Turtles franchise is froth too — it might even be too tame for the kids who make up the target audience.
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40

Variety

By Justin Chang
Neither a particularly good movie nor the pop-cultural travesty that some were dreading.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga? If so, that's the word for the charmless, dull and derivative new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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31 out of 100
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