Oh, Smurfy day! The Smurfs finally have their very own movie! Hang on a minute, before you go getting all kinds of excited, check out some reviews. They're not good. No, they're absolutely Smurftastically bad. For kicks, we bring you some of the most hilariously negative 'Smurfs' reviews. 'The Smurfs' movie may, depending on how things shake out, be listed among the worst films of 2011, if one goes solely by critical reviews. Yes, this movie is apparently so stinking bad that it reduced some movie critics to speaking in Smurf, babbling on about rapping Smurfs (!) and that annoying Smurf song (you know, "la la la la la la") that no doubt burrowed into their brains as they watched the film.
Apparently though, the general public either didn't check movie reviews before loading up the kiddos and speeding to the theater: 'The Smurfs' movie actually did quite well in its debut weekend, raking in well over $35 million at the box office. So we like our 'Smurfs,' probably way more than these critics do. Behold, some of the wittiest, worst reviews of 'The Smurfs' movie from the nation's esteemed movie critics.And if you're Smurfing around for more from the little blue darlings, check out our list of quotes from 'The Smurfs' movie! If what you are looking for are some good foul-mouthed baby quotes see the Stewie Griffin quotes list or the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' Chipwrecked Movie Quotes.
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."
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.
Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Here comes The Smurfs movie to nail the coffin shut, to remind us that there's no bigger bitch in this life than nostalgia."Critic Ed Gonzalez of 'Slant Magazine' readily admits in his review of 'The Smurfs' movie that he was a huge Smurfs fan as a youngster (and beyond). But he is definitely not down with Raja Gosnell's live-action adaptation - and he reminds us that yes, sometimes it's better to remember your childhood loves fondly, rather than shatter the nostalgia with something like this. In other words, let sleeping Smurfs lie.
John Beifuss, Memphis Commercial Appeal
"Wearing a CBGB T-shirt, Neil Patrick Harris rocks out with Clumsy Smurf to 'Guitar Hero.' Historians may want to remember this sequence when they're trying to pinpoint the exact moment that rock and roll died."Movie critic John Beifuss not only takes issue with 'The Smurfs' movie in general, he goes after costuming, particularly Neil Patrick Harris' CBGB tee. Ouch. He also warns parents that some kids, after seeing the movie, will start speaking Smurf all the time - "until you're ready to smurf their little throats." Maybe the MPAA needs to add this to it's rating?