'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews
The film doesn't quite hold the audience's interest for its entire running time. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
"Look at that Smurfing hipster, in his Smurfing ironic mustache and Smurfing Peyo T-shirt."
Keep repeating to yourself over and over: 'It gets Jonathan Winters a paycheck. It gets Jonathan Winters a paycheck.'
I can tell you the end result is pretty cute.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
Not enough bright spots in disappointing adaptation.
Diverting and weird, but harmless.
I saw this one so you don't have to.
That two sequels have been announced is terrifying.
The Smurfs is uncomfortably cheesy and predictable. Kids truly deserve better films than this! The only redeeming quality was the performance from Hank Azaria.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
'The Smurfs" is a lot like the characters' theme song: sweet, repetitive and grating.
Watertown Daily Times
I can't smurfin' believe I'm actually going to say this, but "The Smurfs" is not a cinematic travesty. Far from it, in fact.
It is one of the signs of the apocalypse, so I must warn you ahead of time. The Smurfs are skateboarding and rapping in this movie.
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
The Smurfs is a big heaping pile of Smurf.
When pointless movies like this come out, I can't help but wonder what these talented artists could have been doing besides earning this paycheck.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
I could say this until I'm blue in the face and you still wouldn't believe me: "The Smurfs" isn't half-bad.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
If you remember the characters fondly, this theatrical version will do little to enhance that memory.
The film is raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the "Smurf" word substitutions more naughty than nice ("Who Smurfed?" "Where the Smurf are we?"). That's Smurfed up.
I will not go so far as to call The Smurfs subversive, but it is surprisingly sophisticated.
Why does the villain Gargamel have a name that sounds like a sore-throat product? Why are there countless male Smurfs and only one female? (The mind boggles.) Why do they only know one song, and why is it so irritating? So many questions.
"I hated this much less than I expected," complains Grouchy near the end. Cranky (this critic) disagrees.
Here comes The Smurfs movie to nail the coffin shut, to remind us that there's no bigger bitch in this life than nostalgia.
Film Freak Central
eventually, and it's coming for all of us, you stop realizing that there's a fight to be joined.
St. Petersburg Times
What the smurf good is a Smurf, anyway? I mean, other than providing a made-up word like "smurf" that can sub for any smurfing thing you want to say... If this overuse of the word has gotten on your nerves, imagine reading for 85 more minutes.
Actual kids may find this fun, but for adults, watching The Smurfs may feel a little too much like trying to wrangle an overcrowded kiddie birthday party.