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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Well-intentioned but awful tale about kids saving turtles.

Movie NR 2011 90 minutes
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age 6+

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age 6+

Worst movie ever

There is nothing of value in this movie, other than some turtle facts. My family and I were aghast this was a real movie. I've seen home videos with better acting.

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Turkles has good intentions but is painfully bad in every way. Support for this film came from Burt Reynolds' Institute for Film & Theatre and from local schools, and that may explain why this is decidedly not a professional film. Although the director's résumé boasts a long background in television news with a list of produced documentaries (the quality of which has not been researched), this attempt at a feature fails in every category: directing, editing, pacing, dialogue, dramatic structure, plot, script, and acting. Not a single item on that list is even realized at a level any ordinary audience member would recognize in a bad TV sitcom, with the exception of a brief appearance by Reynolds himself, who is very good as someone's grandfather.

On the other hand, any eighth-grade teacher would applaud the effort if this were a middle school science project, as it contains enough facts about turtle-nesting habits and the need for human stewardship of those great sea creatures to constitute a solid 20-minute documentary -- but that still leaves this 90-minute feature at least 70 minutes too long.

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