Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Steve Barron
Stars: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 12 out of 217 found boring (5.52%)

One-line Reviews (81)

There are also slower scenes showing the turtles outside their urban environment and instead in an abandoned isolated house in a rural area.

Enjoyable if silly martial arts film for teenagers .

The plot, some have criticized as being too simple, however sometimes simple is better than a plot that ends up being confusing as it tries to be complex.

We're able to see each character's different personality; Leo's cautious leadership and warm concern for his family, Donnatello's laid-back attitude and memorably corny jokes, Michelangelo's endearingly childlike behavior and undying love for pizza, and of course Raphael, whose intense moments of frustration, turtle tantrums, and occasional reacting before thinking, a lot of people can relate to.

An excellent adaptation, and a raucous, brutally entertaining action fantasy that embraces the source material lending it valid complexity, and depth.

The animated series was a long one, but it was very entertaining.

On the other hand, Splinter has more character work and his story is more compelling.

An old, yet still an enjoyable family action film that has charming characters and remarkable practical effects.

Seeing it again today at age 20,all the stuff that originally appealed to me as exciting and entrancing was now,for the most part,just silly.

It was enjoyable to say the least and it was done by the Jim Henson company.

While no one is going to mistake this for some sort of masterpiece, it does perfectly capture the era that it was made and it's surprisingly well-made and very entertaining.

And yet it's done in a way that's still enjoyable.

He was not stereotyped as some elderly martial arts master with trite, cliché "wise man" phrases.

I enjoyed it in the movies when I was merely a college kid and my kids enjoy it too.

The fights have fine choreography and are entertaining, if you're into martial arts.

What I've realised today is it's really a film for kids and adults alike, offering enjoyable action scenes and hilarious humour while also providing a surprisingly dark narrative.

What makes this movie so special and great is how the film makers were able to blend the original Eastman comic and the very popular cartoon of the 80's into a coherent, dark, action packed, and humorous movie without making it feel to far fetched.

You'd probably find it to be too strange, too confusing, and just too kiddie-like.

Too much of the cinematography is bland and uninspiring.

Overall, this was one of the most boring films I have ever watched.

The other two in the series, while marginally entertaining upon first viewing, are commercial kiddie trash that have no substance and all style (actually, I can't even say THAT much about TMNT II and III).

Strangely enough, even when I saw it for the first time in 1991, aged 18, I enjoyed it!

after nothing happens during 'act II' (you know, the bit where the plot's supposed to kick in), the Turtles basically head back to Noo Yoik City to have more zany action comedy scenes, followed by a generic action pic ending.

Yes, it's a bit darker than the campy cartoon series but it stays a bit closer to the comic book subject matter and keeps it entertaining for adult audiences.

If you ask me, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is an adrenaline pumping comedy that'll have you laughing from start to finish.

Nevertheless, this film has a lot of entertaining action as the turtles fight gang members, Foot Clan soldiers and at times, each other.

*SPOILERS BELOW* It followed the comics somewhat, the story was good and the plot was good and the characters were exciting and fun.

That would have made for a satisfactory movie for any Turtle's fan, but instead they took it a more creative route and made a compelling story that just blew me away.

Sure, some of the acting is bad and the writing can be a bit off at times, but when you get right down to it, this film is an entertaining 1 and 1/2 hours.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of the best movies of my childhood, and now as an adult I still appreciate that it is still an enjoyable movie.

I also love the music score, it fits wonderfully with the film's tone, shifting from intense to having a comic side to it.

Entertaining adaptation of the popular comic book series.

I watched it again, last night, for the first time in years, and it was funny, action packed and had a sustainable plot (unlike the third installment...

If you get bored, feel free to count the numerous product placement instances throughout the movie.

A fantastic film for anyone with direction and storyline that remains highly enjoyable through the test of time.

I never read any of the comics at all, but I have seen all of the movies and I really enjoyed it.

I watched it at the time and enjoyed it and watched it recently and enjoyed it again.

Directed by Steve Barron (The Adventures of Pinocchio, Coneheads, Electric Dreams) made an entertaining comic fantasy adventure, based on a popular comic book series by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Perhaps one of the most entertaining movies growing up as an 80's child,the turtles will live in my heart forever!

However, the movie has aged well: today it's considered a cult film of the '90s, and it's certainly the best of a trilogy whose quality decreases with every sequel-the third one with the time travel quest to feudal Japan is very funny, but its viewing today is unbearable if you take away the nostalgia: it doesn't stand the test of time-.

This is an entertaining movie filmed with plenty of martial arts action, some cheesy dialog and an exciting plot, perfect for kids and adults alike.

If you don't have a smile on your face from beginning to end, I can't help you my friend, because there's almost nothing more entertaining than these four teenage turtles just doing their thing, even if it is a bit camp and strangely slow on occasion.

It was innovative, brave, and entertaining.

I enjoyed it.

Jim Henson's people did a stunning job on the Turtles themselves, and the Shredder looks even better than he did in the Cartoons.

And speaking of plot, the story manages to tell itself in a compelling fashion, and actually keeps your interest in an otherwise mundane storyline, thanks to the uniquely forlorn tone and deeply interesting characters.

Both the movie and the TV show were key in this upcoming generation's development and coming of age.

The aforementioned 'surfer dialogue' criticised in other reviews can be put down to personal taste, as the majority of fans do find this lingo both entertaining and quote-worthy.

Now, in conclusion, I highly recommend this adrenaline pumping sci-fi comedy that'll have you laughing from start to finish from start to anyone who hasn't seen it.

Scores with its generally engaging tongue-in-cheek humor.

The TMNT's feature film debut is still hilarious and entertaining and at the same time more adult and darker compared to its sequels.

and it was "adult" enough at a time when TMNT was huge for the children's audience to warrant enjoyable viewing for all ages!

I never read any of the comics at all, but I have seen all of the movies and I really enjoyed it.

I was twelve when this movie hit and I enjoyed it ever since.

it's breathtaking to me.

The crew must have been happy with the costumes, because they waste no time showing us the mutant guys who use surfer-lingo.

There is just enough comedy, each turtle is given their own unique, identifiable, and believable personality, and the story is fast paced and gripping.

Only The Shredder seems unequivocally bad but his screen presence is so gripping that it hardly seems to matter.

Jim Henson's people did a stunning job on the Turtles themselves, and the Shredder looks even better than he did in the Cartoons.

Everyone born in the '80s has already seen this, and it hasn't aged particularly gracefully, but it is still an enjoyable, silly movie.

The MAIN PROBLEM with the TMNT film is that, essentially, it has no plot whatsoever.

Maybe it's the unforgettable original score that alternates between being suspenseful, intense, and totally radical.

There is just enough comedy, each turtle is given their own unique, identifiable, and believable personality, and the story is fast paced and gripping.

The third "TMNT" movie wasn't nearly as serious as this one, or as oddly enjoyable as the second.

This film is violent (it DID push the limits of its "PG" rating in some spots, especially with some intense moments, many of which dealt with teenage crime and alienation, and some particularly brutal fight sequences) and is quite dark and actually kind of scary.

When it was out in theaters, parents who took their kids were in for a shock, as they complained about the violence being more intense than the cartoon and the fact that Raphael taught them their first swear word (if they didn't hear it in the playground already).

This film is highly entertained, it is fast paced, not too over long or boring or lame it is a are real true Comic book Ninja Turtles film.

This gripping movie has everything from humour to excellent fight scenes, dark, realistic and impressive screen shots.

The musical score is great and ranges from intense to comical - very fitting for a movie that is exactly that in its mood, without becoming corny unlike its follow-up films.

It was as corny as unpopped popcorn and a dull entry in the comic book adaptations area.

It is not meant to be Oscar worthy, which makes it that more enjoyable.

And lastly, the emotional level the movie came with was so totally unexpected and brilliant that it completely crossed the thick line between senseless cartoons and a compelling movie.

The characters are immensely engaging, the turtles have great personalities and manage to be very likable, Splinter is wise and easy to relate to and Shredder is appropriately menacing.

Adrenaline pumping comedy that'll have you laughing from start to finish .

It's a fun, moving, exciting piece of movie history.

The script itself is an exciting and finely tuned blend of master philosophy, rapid-fire punchlines and real human drama.

But it is still a pretty entertaining flick.

The film's plot while shaky (what can you expect when you have to explain how these turtles walk and talk)is enjoyable and the film flows throughout its hour and a half of screen time.

Any semblance of our reality is out the door, and all you're left with on screen are empty entities moving around, making sounds, and doing actions arbitrarily (e.

Never really liked the voice for Raph gotta be honest, he sounds like he's slow or something.

Genuanly enjoyed it.