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March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The best thing about Muppets Most Wanted, say the critics, is that it is what you expect it to be. As Peter Howell observes in the Toronto Star: “You don’t go to a Muppet movie looking for anything other than a few laughs with beloved puppet pals. Mission accomplished.” Claudia Puig in USA Today pronounces it “Refreshingly wholesome and cleverly campy … a family film that should appeal to a wide age range.” The live actors who perform cameos in the film also come in for their fair share of praise. “[Ricky] Gervais and [Tina] Fey turn out to be the ideal human foils for that enterprise, playing along with game professionalism and never letting the audience see them wink (at least not too obviously),” comments Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post. “Fey’s Russian guard and Ty Burrell’s Interpol agent are wonderful human additions to this comedic romp,” adds Bill Zwecker in the Chicago Sun-Times. Several critics note that the film may end up providing more enjoyment for adults than for the kids accompanying them. David Hiltbrand in the Philadelphia Inquirer observes that the movie “may be [the Muppets] most adult film yet, full of wink-and-nod humor and vintage references.” But Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times wonders if that’s such a good thing. He notes that some of the “funniest things in this film” involve involve a running gag that skewers our European allies, “which makes you wonder about the movie’s target audience. It’s a grown-up joke, and there are many others lurking in the rather complicated globe-hopping plot. Adults will find more to amuse them than was offered in The Muppets, but younger children might be left behind.