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action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family, comedy

Tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters is raising up an army of ancient monsters, and only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael!

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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."

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Cowabungled.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, March 23, 2007

Rotten: These characters don't feel like the turtles of old; there's not enough excitement to reinvent the franchise, and just barely enough to revive it.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Friday, March 23, 2007

Audience Reviews

1 star

I liked the other films better.. This one just was whatever..

- LWOODS04, Monday, April 27, 2009

2 stars

The magic is lost to me. I say stick to the original live action ones. The premise of this film is ridiculous, even for a story about mutant turtles, and the fight scenes are edited so precisely it's like they don't want the kids in the audience to see anyone get hit,

- MovieGeek13, Thursday, March 19, 2009

3 stars

Gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised. The movie really carried on the spirit of the original cartoon (though I don't know if that was it's intention) with Leonardo's leadership, Raphael's temper, Donatello's intellect and Michaelangelo's... humor. I can honestly say I enjoyed watching the film. The CG was excellent. I mean, so far most CG movies have been kiddy, but this is the first one I can think of that has actual martial arts combat being used, and it was done really well, all the fights were fun to watch, and one particular one in the rain (which was also nicely done) was well worth the price of admission. All in all, decent flick and fun to watch. Only thing I hated was that April O'Neil was training to fight and was suddenly able to beat Karai, the head of the Foot Clan (oh, and the Foot all looked cool too)

- mrpopcorn, Monday, October 6, 2008