Early ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’ Reviews Hit The Web

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back to theaters this June and the early reviews of the film are in. While some critics weren’t in favor of the film, it appears that the sequel is getting a much better reception compared to the first film.

Most of the problems that can be found within the film are related to similar issues that the first movie had, with story writing and under used villains.

The following is a compilation of some of the early reviews.

There are also a few story problems. Let me be clear; the issues with story in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows are nowhere near as severe as those in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). However, perhaps owing to the number of characters that needed to be set up, there’s a charging, chaotic feel to the first half an hour, as we zip from event to event. Even after this, it just doesn’t quite hang together. It’s a bit stop-start, moving from one sequence to the next without building any momentum until the last half an hour or so. It feels a bit odd giving this film the same star rating that I gave the first (a rating I stand by), as it is miles better. I do think it’s a three star film, but it’s a three star film that I kind of love. This is why star ratings are rubbish. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows is a big, fun summer blockbuster, and one that Turtles fans are likely to get a massive kick out of. [***] –Den of Geek

Within the first ten minutes of TMNT: Out of the Shadows, as you’re watching Megan Fox’s dead-eyed April O’Neil don a disguise that just happens to be a skintight Japanese schoolgirl outfit, it’s obvious that this is something much more cynical than a family movie. Even setting aside the camera’s leery male gaze, everything about the film feels half-hearted, from its paint-by-numbers plot to its disengaged cast to its occasional stabs at emotional stakes. A heightened sense of humour probably makes Out of the Shadows a slight improvement on its po-faced predecessor, but it’s a loud, bright, brainless mess whose greatest asset is its snappy 112-minute running time.-Digital Spy 

The movie might be more enjoyable if it took more pleasure in its core silliness. This, though, because it’s the era of introspective superheroes, has to have some grit under its shell. The ’80s wide-eyed cartoons and the squishy ’90s animatronics are succeeded by slick, beefy mo-cap. The turtles are now swollen, mouldy-looking things, like the result of leaving the cast of The Expendables somewhere damp. They scowl and growl more than they joke. They have daddy issues. They have maybe two good gags.-Empire

OOTS is assembled with consummate slickness, nominal director Dave Green – following up 2014’s semi-heartfelt Earth to Echo – approving many of the right effects shots. Yet only Bay could conceive of blowing this much time and cash on identifying the exact spot at which zesty, subversive trash (as the Turtles might once have been) sours into ugly, empty junk, assembled solely to school our young in brute market forces and indiscriminate consumption. Our former heroes in a halfshell have become hulking, cold-bloodied bullies, demanding our pocket money and offering nothing in return – save a joyless, two-hour noogie such as this.-The Guardian 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens everywhere on June 3rd. Dave Green directed the film, with a screenplay from Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec, with producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Galen Walker and Scott Mednick attached on the project.

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  • Maximillian Pegasus

    This is a 6/10 then?! the first one was 5/10 in my opinion.

  • Bailey Walker

    I’ve seen it, and, much like the Den of Geek review states, the film is just a big, fun summer blockbuster. Sure, it has problems, but so did the other Turtles films. In this one, most of the roles from the last have been recast, the looks of the Turtles and Splinter have been tweaked, Johnny Knoxville is no longer voicing Leo, and it is all for the better. The film does move at a rather brisk pace, but is lighthearted and fun like the old 80’s cartoon. Fans of the Turtles will love this film, but those whom are looking for anything more than a frantically fun Summer film will surely find themselves disliking it.