'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
23%
Rotten Tomatoes:   117 reviews
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    63
    I could say this until I'm blue in the face and you still wouldn't believe me: "The Smurfs" isn't half-bad.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jonathan W. Hickman Daily Film Fix
    40
    If you remember the characters fondly, this theatrical version will do little to enhance that memory.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Nusair About.com
    ...a disappointingly erratic endeavor...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Teddy Durgin Screen It!
    The film doesn't quite hold the audience's interest for its entire running time. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    1050
    "Look at that Smurfing hipster, in his Smurfing ironic mustache and Smurfing Peyo T-shirt."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Widgett Walls Needcoffee.com
    20
    Keep repeating to yourself over and over: 'It gets Jonathan Winters a paycheck. It gets Jonathan Winters a paycheck.'
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jane Stevenson Jam! Movies
    60
    I can tell you the end result is pretty cute.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Scott Times-Picayune
    38
    Na-na-na-na-na-blah.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    40
    Not enough bright spots in disappointing adaptation.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rosie Fletcher Total Film
    60
    Diverting and weird, but harmless.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    20
    I saw this one so you don't have to.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    50
    That two sequels have been announced is terrifying.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kevin McCarthy BDK Reviews
    30
    The Smurfs is uncomfortably cheesy and predictable. Kids truly deserve better films than this! The only redeeming quality was the performance from Hank Azaria.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    10
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • S.T. VanAirsdale Movieline
    70
    Like many adaptations, reboots, remakes and other youth-nostalgia dredgings, this is a film that transcends "good" or "bad," "like" or "don't like."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    50
    An uneven, relatively gentle, rather sweet but only sporadically enjoyable family flick with slapstick the kiddies will find smurfing fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle
    A better movie than anyone could have possibly expected, thanks in large part to an honest effort by Harris in a thankless role.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    63
    Won't be an awards contender anytime soon, but it is altogether sweetly smurfier than anyone could have predicted.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    Does for children's entertainment what lead paint does for children's toys.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    42
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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