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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    An attractively designed but narratively challenged, one-note film.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Has some appealing characters, a few laughs and then devolves into a predictable Tortoise and the Hare spinoff.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    Here, the laughs come not from the silly voices but a blend of snappy editing and clever character bits, including a recurring joke about an inappropriately named sidekick who calls himself White Shadow (Michael Patrick Bell).

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    While there's no denying that the film is a harmless, wholesome, and heart-warming ride crafted with polish and skill, it's also so predictable that you'll see every twist in the story driving down Fifth Avenue.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Nell Minow

    The movie gets a bit slow, with too much time spent on the human characters, who are dreary and underwritten, compared to the big dreams of the little snail. But the film picks up when the racing snails come back onscreen, thanks to the adorable character design, with expressive use of those googly eyes, and especially to the voice talent.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Speedy snail dreams big in fun animated comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Turbo is a funny animated underdog comedy with strong positive messages. Themes that run throughout the movie (and are reinforced constantly) include believing in yourself, following your dreams, and never giving up. Kids will find the silly characters endlessly amusing, with only a little bit of innuendo, stereotyping, and potty humor to contend with. The biggest concern is the repeated scenes of peril, in which the beloved snails seem to be in danger thanks to a lawnmower, a busy freeway, plentiful crows, and a car crash. But all scenes involving major characters are resolved positively.

  • Families can talk about movies being realistic. Do you think it's important that stories seem believable in real life? Is it hard to enjoy a movie if the concept seems too far-fetched?
  • What did you notice about where Turbo was set? Have you seen any other animated movies set in urban environments like this one? Did the characters seem to fit the location? Did you notice any stereotypes?
  • What kinds of dreams do you have? Who supports your dreams? Does anyone tell you your dreams are unrealistic? How do you feel when that happens?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Intended for entertainment, not education, but kids will be introduced to the sport of professional car racing.

  • message true1

    Messages: The movie is steeped in positive messages, which are reinforced repeatedly: "No dream is too big, no dreamer too small." Plus, never give up, believe in yourself, and make the most of today. It also emphasizes the importance of having supportive friends and family. On the downside, there's a little bit of weight-related humor at the expense of a large snail who can't fit back into his shell.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Turbo is full of energy, enthusiasm, and big dreams, just like his human buddy, Tito. Both have siblings who are frustrated by their brothers' repeated attempts to accomplish something big. Secondary characters are mostly supportive or there for comic relief. The human characters are exaggerated types whose characteristics make them borderline stereotypes (Asian nail salon owner, pasty hobby shop guy, tough female auto mechanic). The villain starts out heroic, if vain, and ends up a big meanie.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Several scenes that are perilous but not super scary, including a snail's encounter with a lawnmower, a dangerous trek past a freeway and through urban streets, and a big car crash in which folks are dazed but not seriously injured. Several scenes in which a crow swoops down and picks off a snail, presumably ending in death to the snail. A crow gets hit by a bus. Some comments about someone being "dead meat" or being "slaughtered," which the snails take as threats -- but the comments end up being innocuous.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: One scene in which a group of male snails makes comments while looking at something -- "nice curves," "giant juicy temptress," etc. -- but it ends up being a tomato. A female snail flirts briefly with a male snail, and later they seem to be a couple.

  • language false0

    Language: Some teasing and occasional use of terms like "son of a gun." A few snails have potty-related names like "Skid Mark" and "Smoove Moove."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Product placement includes Chevy, Verizon, and HP. There are off-screen licensing deals in place as well.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: In one scene, adults seem to be drinking bottled beer with their meals.