'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
23%
Rotten Tomatoes:   117 reviews
  • Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times
    42
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    20
    It's one of the smurfiest smurfing smurfs you will ever waste your smurfing money on.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    25
    Smurf this smurf, and these smurfin' jokes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    34
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sue Pierman Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    50
    It turns out that getting Smurfed isn't all it's cracked up to be.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    42
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Luke Y. Thompson E! Online
    25
    It's a Smurfs movie. What did you expect?
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    Does for children's entertainment what lead paint does for children's toys.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    17
    One of worst movies of the summer: Lame, unoriginal, and not particularly funny.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    [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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago