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The Muppet Movie Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    69

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It's also very well written by Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns and directed by James Frawley ("Kid Blue," "The Big Bus") with a comic touch that never becomes facetious.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Time

    Muppet magic remains a bewildering succession of wonderful bits.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    After that first second we quit wondering: This is magic, after all, so who wants to know where Henson is?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

First Muppet movie is full of wonderful songs, plus guns.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Muppet movie is a pretty likeable road trip romp with singable songs, but with some guns and slapstick violence. Throughout the movie Kermit is being pursued by men with guns and a couple shots are fired. Miss Piggy and Kermit are captured, Kermit almost gets his "brains scrambled" in a crazy electrical machine, and there's a final stand-off with guns drawn. But the Muppets always get away from the bad guys in a fun way (thanks to Miss Piggy's karate chops). There's some drinking -- Miss Piggy and Kermit drink wine with straws -- and minor characters smoke cigars.

  • Families can talk about the Muppets. This film was made in 1979. Why do you think it endures? What gives it all-ages appeal?
  • Parents can talk about all the cameos, from Orson Welles to Richard Pryor, and talk to kids about what makes the actors and comedians so influential.

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Intended to entertain, not educate, but kids might pick up a bit about Hollywood and the American movie industry.

  • message true3

    Messages: Following your dreams and getting by with a little help from your friends are the two big take-aways. And Kermit insists it's better to face a bully than run away.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Kermit is, here as always, the slightly self-doubting Everyman frog who gets things done and surrounds himself with loyal friends. Miss Piggy may be flighty, but she's also a strong and heroic female character.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Plenty of slapstick, including Miss Piggy's famous martial-arts skills. Kermit is also chased across the country by men with guns, and one particularly menacing-looking frog assassin, and his brains are almost scrambled by electricity so that he can be controlled by the owner of a frog legs restaurant (there's lots of frog leg imagery, too, that makes Kermit sick to his stomach). Miss Piggy is kidnapped, and Kermit and Miss Piggy are tied up and held at gunpoint. Shots are fired at Fozzie on stage, one car lands on top of another; Kermit is twirled around a ceiling fan and falls off; one Muppet really likes dynamite; and a giant Animal Muppet frightens away the bad guys.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Miss Piggy and Kermit hug and kiss. In a Miss Piggy dream sequence, she and Kermit frolic in the park; you see Miss Piggy on top, then Kermit. Animal shouts, "Woman, woman!"

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Schwinn bicycles get a punny mention, and there's a Studebaker car and Variety magazine.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters in bars and the Hollywood agent smoke cigars. Kermit and Miss Piggy drink wine with straws and a woman asks Kermit to buy her a drink. Ralph the Dog sings about having a couple of beers before bed.

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