What Critics Are Saying About The Smurfs Movie (Hint: It's Not Very Good)

By Seth Abramovitch

Jul 28, 2011

The Smurfs movie

The Smurfs are almost here! The long-awaited (I think?) movie adaptation of the classic Saturday morning cartoon opens Friday, and brings with it a veritable cavalcade of TV stars. Expect to see Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn, Tom Colicchio and Joan Rivers wandering around the village—in addition to stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as an expecting human couple and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. And you may recognize the voices of SNL’s Fred Armisen and Kenan Thompson (Brainy Smurf and Greedy Smurf), Katy Perry (Smurfette), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf) and even Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens as Jokey Smurf. I’m totally smurfed to see it!

Now, there are those who say that The Smurfs should never have been subjected to one of those crass, Hollywood adaptations that piles on the CGI and dated pop-culture references and annoying dialogue until you’re rendered a twitching, catatonic mess. These individuals are called “movie critics.” And apparently they don’t like what the smurf they’re seeing!

Here, now, are some of the meanest quotes from reviews of The Smurfs movie, which is currently hovering at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. (It’s Metacritic score is a comparable rave, at 32.)

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.” [EW]

“Four screenwriters are credited on The Smurfs; half of their work is plugging in one word.” [Tampabay.com]

“Now comes The Smurfs movie—directed by Raja Gosnell, the go-to hack for live-action adaptations of classic animated properties, and scripted by four automatons whose names suggest they may be part of the Witness Relocation Program—to nail the coffin shut, to remind us that there's no bigger bitch in life than nostalgia.” [Slant]

The Smurfs uses the term 'smurf' 207 times. Really. I counted. Also: Gargamel even calls Papa Smurf 'goody blue shoes,' despite the fact that his shoes are smurfin’ red. Smurf this smurf, and these smurfin’ jokes.” [redeyechicago.com]

“’80s nostalgists who always wanted to see Gargamel get Tasered—or watch rapping Smurfs improvising a version of 'Walk This Way' with lyrics about Smurfette’s hotness—need look no further than this update, but there’s little reason for childless adults to see The Smurfs, unless they’re just curious to know how far filmmakers can go in using feigned sincerity to sell a thoroughly calculated, cynical product.” [AV Club]

“We're treated to lines like: 'I think I just smurfed in my mouth,' 'Son of a smurf,' 'Where the smurf are we?' and 'Up smurf creek without a smurfing paddle' ... plus the immortal 'Smurf happens.' They even go so far as to make reference to the curious fertility of Papa Smurf (99 sons, one daughter, no visible wife). Those anticipating a blue movie won't be disappointed." [Guardian]

"Having directed Scooby-Doo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Raja Gosnell is becoming something of a mixed live-action/animation expert, so you would think that by now his compositions would look less like human beings clutching at tiny, imagined Smurfs that are going to be filled in later." [Austin Chronicle]


Are you going to see The Smurfs this weekend? Or would you rather have a Smurf smurf in your smurf than have to do that?



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  • headclub Jul 30, 2011

    This.....shouldn't be..... Oh NPH...why would you?? Maybe now people will realize that you're way overrated and a total sellout.... And you Jayma Mays.... I would be disappointed with you too, but let's face it, you are already on Glee... but hey, I still think you're super cute!!

  • mermayd Jul 29, 2011

    I am pleased to say that I didn't know this film was coming out. But why is there a film review on a tv website?

  • champson1 Aug 03, 2011

    I think it is because the film is an adaptation of a TV show.

  • sibowittz Jul 29, 2011

    I saw this coming...when I first saw that annoying trailer.

  • Vidsignup Jul 29, 2011

    Don't go smurfing a smurfie before you smurf it a smurf.

  • shadowysea07 Jul 29, 2011

    hollywood continues to prove they can't make good movies and instead depend entirely on rehashing old stuff as usual i see.

  • LINKCPR Jul 29, 2011

    207 smurfs in an 86 minute movie. That's approximately 2.4 smurfs per minute. This script basically smurfed itself.

  • GoKuVeGeTaGoHaN Jul 29, 2011

    It beats the 182 times the F-word's used on Scarface LOL

  • ThoreauHD Jul 29, 2011

    I'll watch this right after my shaved hamster ramming session and high colonic evacuation.

  • KingofIPirates Jul 29, 2011

    Can't say that I'm surprised

  • txgirl75 Jul 29, 2011

    I have no desire to watch. I liked the smurfs when I was a kid but don;'t care for a movie. Kids may like it though i don't know.

  • Writerpatrick Jul 29, 2011

    I'll wait until it comes on TV so I can avoid it then as well.

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