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TMNT Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A tad too conservative and calculated. CGI delivers best on moody sets and a noirish atmosphere achieved by lighting, backgrounds and visual effects. But the characters look like plastic dolls, and the story is recycled sci-fi.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    This all-CG reboot is missing the goofy excitement of the old TMNT.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Turtle power returns in routine kiddie adventure.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this computer-animated comeback of the Ninja Turtles franchise can be dark and, at times, slightly frightening. Obviously, it includes several scenes of ninja fighting, including one upsetting brawl between two of the brothers. Raphael is hot-tempered and defiant; he's a rogue crime-fighter by night. There are gargoyle-like monsters, and four warriors resurrected from stone proclaim their intention to rule the world. Some of the cartoonish violence may be too intense for the youngest elementary schoolers, but most kids -- especially boys -- will be psyched to see the sword action.

  • Families can talk about the longevity of the Ninja Turtles franchise. What makes these four sword-wielding brothers so popular? Do kids genuinely love them, or is it just good marketing? If kids watch the animated TV show or have seen the original 1990 movie, which version do they like best? Why? Families can also discuss sibling relationships and cooperation. Master Splinter forbids the turtles from fighting until they can fight as "one." What does he mean? Oh, and most kids will need an explanation of the brothers' Renaissance names, not to mention '80s slang like "cowabunga."

The good stuff
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    Messages: Through cooperation and unity, the brothers save the world from impending doom. Raphael realizes his jealousy and resentment are wrong. Fighting is the main method used to solve problems.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: The "N" in the title stands for ninja, and there's a lot of swordplay and animated violence, including an intense battle between warriors resurrected from stone, a group of swords for hire, and the four turtles. Raphael challenges Leonardo to a fight, and they go sword to sword. An early scene set in South America features gunfire.

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    Sexy stuff: April and Casey live together and kiss. Mr. Winters flirts with April.

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    Language: Mild teasing: "knuckleheads," "stupid," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The turtles have spawned an industry filled with toys, games, comcis, T-shirts, TV shows, etc.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue