'The Smurfs' Critic Reviews
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.
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."
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.
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.
"I hated this much less than I expected," complains Grouchy near the end. Cranky (this critic) disagrees.
Here comes The Smurfs movie to nail the coffin shut, to remind us that there's no bigger bitch in this life than nostalgia.
Film Freak Central
eventually, and it's coming for all of us, you stop realizing that there's a fight to be joined.
St. Petersburg 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.
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.