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August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cowabunga! The nation’s leading film critics have pounced on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "The biggest problem with the movie is it can never quite decide who it’s for or why it exists," writes Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times, who concludes, "Not out-and-out terrible enough to be completely dismissed, while also not particularly memorable either, perhaps the truest summation of the film is to say simply that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that exists." Nicolas Rapold in the New York Times reacts similarly, commenting that "this new adventure is executed so ordinarily, and with such tunnel vision, that it feels homogenized." Other critics have no problem spiking the movie with a few short stabs. "Harmless junk at best," remarks Rafer Guzmán in Newsday. Kyle Smith in the New York Post calls it "forgettable." Sandie Angulo Chen in the Washington Post uses that word and adds "occasionally infuriating." And Peter Howell in the Toronto Star calls it a "cowa-bungle."