TMNT

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Turtle power returns in routine kiddie adventure.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Fighting is the main method used to solve problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Through cooperation and unity, the brothers save the world from impending doom. Raphael realizes his jealousy and resentment are wrong.

Violence & 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.

Sexy Stuff

April and Casey live together and kiss. Mr. Winters flirts with April.

Language

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

Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TMNT is the 2007 computer-animated comeback of the Ninja Turtles franchise. It 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 14, 2010
Adult Written byCrimefighterpunch49 April 8, 2016

An older turtles movie with a surprisingly strong story.

I disagree with the headline "Kiddie adventure," since this was a really good film with a very different story than other turtles shows or movies. The... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byraphael's_girl July 14, 2011

TMNT

I'm not gonna lie: I love TMNT. I still watch the show from 2005, and am constantly borrowing the DVD of the newest TMNT from friends. I finally bought it,... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLadyFlameSinger July 2, 2009

Absolutely fantastic!

I am going to have to admit that I love this movie. I thought it had great animation, and some fight scenes that got pretty darn intense. Of course, we all have... Continue reading

What's the story?

Turtle brothers Leonardo (voiced by James Arnold Taylor), Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley), Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield), and Raphael (Nolan North) regroup after a prolonged absence from fighting to keep four ancient warriors from world domination. But before the fraternal reptiles can get their swords a-swinging, they have to deal with their own brotherly problems. Upon returning from a mission in South America, eldest sibling Leonardo discovers that Michelangelo is now a computer technician, Donatello is a children's party entertainer (Donatello), and Raphael is a masked vigilante. Tensions mount between Leonardo and Raphael until they face off on a Manhattan rooftop, leading to Leo's capture by the evil generals. The mercenary Foot Clan, led by Karai (Ziyi Zhang), joins forces with the turtles, as do trusted pal April (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her boyfriend Casey (Chris Evans).

Is it any good?

Thirtysomething parents who remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze of the late '80s and early '90s won't be blown away by this completely computer-animated franchise reboot. But kids who aren't familiar with the original campy-cool, pizza-loving, sewer-dwelling, crime-fighting heroes will be hooked by these sword-wielding reptilian brothers, even though they're duller than the original foursome. Assuming they can deal with TMNT's clunky plot, throwback language, and moody setting -- which looks more like Gotham City than New York -- kids will dig the action sequences.

Talk to your kids 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."

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