Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Chicago Reader

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Producer Michael Bay reboots the 90s children’s franchise about gigantic, crime-fighting turtles. The lifeless characterizations and incoherent, spatially unsound CG fight scenes are on a par with Bay's Transformers movies, while other aspects—the inert performances, the exposition-heavy dialogue, the flat digital cinematography—are actually worse. The light, comedic tone is weighed down by unimaginative pop-culture references and half-witted one-liners; a running gag in which one of the turtles makes awkward sexual advances toward the newswoman protagonist (Megan Fox) borders on creepy. Jonathan Liebesman directed; with Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. 2014.



  • Jonathan Liebesman


  • Megan Fox
  • Will Arnett
  • William Fichtner
  • Danny Woodburn
  • Abby Elliott
  • Noel Fisher
  • Jeremy Howard
  • Pete Ploszek
  • Alan Ritchson
  • Minae Noji
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Tohoru Masamune


  • Michael Bay
  • Andrew Form
  • Brad Fuller
  • Galen Walker
  • Scott Mednick
  • Ian Bryce
  • Denis Stewart
  • Eric Crown
  • Napoleon Smith III
  • Jason Reed

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