'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews
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.
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)
"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.
The Smurfs is uncomfortably cheesy and predictable. Kids truly deserve better films than this! The only redeeming quality was the performance from Hank Azaria.
That two sequels have been announced is terrifying.
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.
One Guy's Opinion
An uneven, relatively gentle, rather sweet but only sporadically enjoyable family flick with slapstick the kiddies will find smurfing fun.
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.
Like many adaptations, reboots, remakes and other youth-nostalgia dredgings, this is a film that transcends "good" or "bad," "like" or "don't like."
Does for children's entertainment what lead paint does for children's toys.
Won't be an awards contender anytime soon, but it is altogether sweetly smurfier than anyone could have predicted.
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.