The Muppets Reviews

  • For kids, blessedly unironic by nature until wised up by nurture, the movie is just shiny, funny, and filled with songs...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • These are the same old, adorable Muppets, as sweetly innocent and likable as ever. Winking at itself, the movie is casually, amusingly self-reflexive.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Blending self-deprecating comic asides with high-spirited showmanship, the movie captures the essence of Jim Henson's classic 1970s TV show and 1979's The Muppet Movie.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "The Muppets" is both a delightful family film about the Muppets and a winking, self-referential satire about how lame the Muppets are.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • I've never seen a movie so perfectly balanced between unabashed nerdiness and hipness. It's transcendent that way.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen Xers who grew up with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Dr. Teeth, but also the tykes who've never even heard of Jim Henson, The Muppets has none of the easy confidence of the original TV show or the 1979 movie.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • If Segel's efforts aren't quite sensational, that's okay. They're still inspirational, celebrational and - most important - Muppetational, a concept that's been in sadly short supply as of late.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • No fourth wall is safe in The Muppets, and that's a great piece of news.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • [Filmmakers] hew close to the essential innocence informing the Muppets' silliness.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The purity of the nostalgia turns this franchise film into a love letter to childhood.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • The Muppet franchise is revitalized with "The Muppets," a funny, wickedly self-aware musical that opens by acknowledging they've outlived their shelf life.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's fun to spend time with these characters again.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The Muppets treats its titular heroes with affection and respect, even as Fozzie Bear shows off his "fart shoes" and toilet humor abounds.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "The Muppets" made me feel warm and Fozzie.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Is it perfect? No. Is it a lot of fun and does it successfully revive this inspired franchise? Absolutely and let's seriously hope so. A world without Kermit is just too hard to face.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "The Muppets" is clever and current without being cynical, smart without being condescending, funny without being exclusionary to grown-ups or to kids.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Effortlessly blending wised-up, self-reflexive humor with old-fashioned let's-put-on-a-show pizzazz, The Muppets is an unexpected treat

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The Muppet relaunch is as it should be: the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational treat you could wish for on a holiday weekend.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • A delighted woman behind me almost needed oxygen as she watched Camilla and her singing chicken gals do a cheeky, clucking rendition of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You."

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

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