The Smurfs Reviews

  • 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.

    Keith Staskiewicz — Entertainment Weekly

  • On a hot summer day, "The Smurfs" is a decent enough excuse to haul the little ones into an air-conditioned theater.

    Neil Genzlinger — New York Times

  • There are a handful of genuinely sweet scenes in Smurfs promptly undone by adult actors and filmmakers, who must believe that the little blue troublemakers couldn't maintain a film on their own.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy.

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • In all, the worst parts of "The Smurfs'' can probably be summed up in two words: Smurf rap.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Director Raja Gosnell also made "Scooby-Doo" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." At least for families, this is a bit smurfing better than those.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Smurfs are the Barneys of the fantasy world.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • ...the adults who take [the kids] to see the movie won't feel too good about themselves, or their existences, or the state of life on the planet, as the lights go up.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It's raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the Smurf word substitutions more naughty than nice ("Who Smurfed?" or "Where the Smurf are we?"). That's Smurfed up.

    Nell Minow — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "The Smurfs" has brains, heart and style, which will endear it to adults as well as young viewers.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it's a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • [A] relentlessly witless and cynical children's movie packed with potty jokes, product plugs and double-entendres along the lines of "What the Smurf?"

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Pop singer Katy Perry's Smurfette faces award questions about being a rare female smurf, and blurts out, "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it."

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Kids are sure to find it smurf-errific, smurf-ilicious or just plain smurfy. Adults will happily settle for smurf-ectly inoffensive.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • The Smurfs ends up being just below average, it won't give you nightmares, and small ones might dig it.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

  • The Smurfs mostly takes place in a grown-up world of cosmetics advertising and expectant parents. Without a child character to interpret and join the action, it's a pretty dull way to introduce young viewers to the new blue crew.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

  • For all the digitally enhanced Smurfness, the results are remarkably mirthless.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

  • Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has proved he can save just about any sinking ship (see prime-time awards shows such as the Emmys or Tonys), cannot make this boat float.

    Betsy Sharkey — Los Angeles Times

  • If your kid loves this, your kid needs to read a book, or even, heck, play a video game. At least you can tell video game characters apart.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

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