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Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly"The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation."
Yes, 'Entertainment Weekly' movie critic Keith Staskiewicz is a particularly grumpy Smurf, letting us know in no uncertain terms why he thinks 'The Smurfs' deserves his D+ rating. And given this statement, perhaps these little blue darlings were lucky to eek out a D+, instead of a big, fat, Smurftastic "F."
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Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com"Keep repeating to yourself over and over: 'It gets Jonathan Winters a paycheck. It gets Jonathan Winters a paycheck.'"
Widgett Walls of Needcoffee.com decides to offer up a video review of 'The Smurfs' just moments after leaving the theater, and it's not pretty. In short, he hated it. But yes, we can probably all agree that we're really glad the brilliant (and, in this movie, apparently totally wasted talents) of Jonathan Winters are utilized enough in the movie that Winters got paid. Hopefully, a lot. For his trouble.
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Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger"That two sequels have been announced is terrifying."
Critic Stephen Whitty is definitely not a fan of 'The Smurfs' movie. So much so, that he's already worrying about f*ture sequels. He's also apparently quite freaked out by the Smurfs' song ( you know, "La la la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la."), writing that "by the 15th verse, you may start to wish you had some mushrooms of your own. The poisonous kind."
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Sean O'Connell, The Washington Post"I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy."
Sean O'Connell, movie critic for 'The Washington Post,' takes great issue with Raja Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' movie for several reasons, not the least of which is "the film's fondness for revolting toilet jokes" and its "paper-thin plot." He also suggests names for new Smurfs, including "Obnoxious Smurf," "Dopey Smurf" and "Idiotic Smurf." We could go for that, especially Dopey Smurf.
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Todd Gilchrist, Boxoffice Magazine"Looking at the obnoxious TV ads for The Smurfs, it's easy to dismiss the film as a shrill, joyless exercise in special effects without substance. It's even easier after actually seeing it."
Critic Todd Gilchrist of 'Boxoffice Magazine' definitely isn't a fan of this movie. He directs some of his ire towards poor Clumsy Smurf, even writing, "If you don't wish for Papa Smurf's premonition of a disastrous fate for Clumsy to come true, you're a better person than I am." Yikes. And while he does admit that the youngest of the young might actually find the 'Smurfs' movie entertaining, if you can "chose, drive to and pay for The Smurfs of your own volition, it's possible that you might still need adult supervision." There you go, moms and dads. Stay home. Tell your kids the movie's straight-to-DVD. Hopefully they'll believe you.
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