Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Will Leave You Shell-Shocked [Video]

The newly released “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, is fun, flashy, anf full of explosions, but emply as a shell.

The Michael Bay-produced flick about pizza-eating superheroes trying to save New York hits the movie theaters this summer, but unfortunately the critics were not so supportive.

The summer blockbuster, based on the 1980s comic book series that led to a television show and then a film in 1990, comes back for the first time since 2007 in a brand new adaptation, currently holds a 20 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

56 out of 69 critics are upset about Megan Fox‘s acting ability, producer Michael Bay‘s brand of excessive action, bad CGI, bad dialogue and even blatant sexism that pollutes director Jonathan Liebesman‘s reinvention of a beloved childhood franchise that spawned two live-action movies in the ’90s.

LA Weekly critic Amy Nicholson said: “And if you thought Bay had forgiven Fox for saying he was ‘like Hitler,’ this new April O’Neil role is proof he hasn’t. It’s a setup. Audiences will ridicule her for stinking it up as an unconvincing journalist, but the script doesn’t give her a chance.

“Despite O’Neil piecing together Shredder’s scheme, the film insists she’s only there as a piece of ass. She is acknowledged zero times for her smarts and dozens of times for her looks, whether she’s derailing a car chase by accidentally distracting the driver (Will Arnett) with her butt, or enduring Michelangelo’s lusty pant that she’s ‘so hot I can feel my shell tightening.’”

Megan Fox arguably gives her best performance in a summer tentpole to date, but she’s still unable to quite nail the deadpan humor the character is often required to deliver, says CBR.

The USA Today  Claudia Puig wrote: “Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga? If so, that’s the word for the charmless, dull and derivative new take on the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’… ‘Turtles’ has the tone-deaf sophomoric humor and chaotic action scenes most associated with Michael Bay, who produced it.

“Speaking of Bay, ‘Transformers’ fans may enjoy seeing Megan Fox re-surface, though she would have benefited from a few acting lessons since her last co-starring role in ‘Transformers.’ She’s no more convincingly authentic than the sewer-dwelling martial-arts-loving giant turtles in all their motion-capture awkwardness.”

In the new adaptation the four turtle brothers trained as fighters are dealing with the criminal Foot Clan as nighttime vigilantes, but as Foot Clan leader Shredder’s evil plans threaten to obliterate the population of New York, the Turtles must leave the safety of their sewer lair to save the city.

Megan Fox stars as TV reporter April O’Neil waiting for a big break, as she’s on the trail of a crime gang.

“They’re really lighthearted and they’re brothers, so there’s this element where they’re constantly teasing … each other,” Fox said about the main characters.

“And then you’ve got the battle for power between the two that want to be the leader and you’ve got the dad element, and then they’re sort of orphans and outcasts and heroes.”

The weekend’s other major new releases included: Into the Storm, which opened in third place with an estimated $18 million; The Hundred-Foot Journey opened in fourth place with $11.1 million; and Step Up All In, which bowed in sixth place with a franchise-low of $6.6 million.

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