'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews
Tampa Bay 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.
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.
Like many adaptations, reboots, remakes and other youth-nostalgia dredgings, this is a film that transcends "good" or "bad," "like" or "don't like."
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.
Won't be an awards contender anytime soon, but it is altogether sweetly smurfier than anyone could have predicted.
Does for children's entertainment what lead paint does for children's toys.
I don't mind this sort of claptrap for kiddies if it's executed well and the filmmakers invite adults along for the journey. But there's nothing to recommend about The Smurfs. Every obvious joke is covered, every morsel of cuteness exploited.
One of worst movies of the summer: Lame, unoriginal, and not particularly funny.
[I]ncontinence -- as the result of either as-yet untrained bowels or a terrible adult affliction -- is presumed to be a major concern for the viewer here.