'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews
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.
Salt Lake Tribune
Director Raja Gosnell plays every lame joke as broadly as possible, allowing his cast - notably Azaria and Sofia Vergara (as Patrick's overbearing boss) - to overplay at every turn.
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Wearing a CBGB T-shirt, Neil Patrick Harris rocks out with Clumsy Smurf to 'Guitar Hero.' Historians may want to remember this sequence when they're trying to pinpoint the exact moment that rock and roll died.
Neil has to please Sofia with an ad campaign and come to terms with his inner ambivalence and anxiety over the prospect of impending fatherhood. This story will captivate children everywhere.
...a disappointingly erratic endeavor...
The film doesn't quite hold the audience's interest for its entire running time. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
It's one of the smurfiest smurfing smurfs you will ever waste your smurfing money on.
Smurf this smurf, and these smurfin' jokes.
Hank Azaria gives his all...providing the film's only laughs as he becomes obsessed with emerging from steam rising from city grates for its 'mystery' effect, while Neil Patrick Harris finally proves he isn't good at everything he sets out to do.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It turns out that getting Smurfed isn't all it's cracked up to be.
When you have characters in your film questioning and laughing at the internal logic of your mythology, it's obvious that none of this is meant to matter.
Luke Y. Thompson
It's a Smurfs movie. What did you expect?
The Smurfs contains such moments of sweetness and heart that it's all the more unfortunate that it's otherwise a numbingly ordinary kids' film.
The good news is that there is no news in the land of Smurfdom. The cartoon creatures are still blue, three apples tall, cheerful as all get-out, and annoying as hell.