Critics Consensus

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Lacks Turtle Power

Plus, Me Before You is a middling tearjerker, and Popstar is a sharp music satire.

by and | June 2, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got turtle power (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett), a tear-jerking love story (Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin), and a pop music satire (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg and Imogen Poots). What do the critics have to say?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) 37%

Beloved by middle schoolers the world over, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have yet to power their way into the hearts of movie critics, who say that while their latest big screen outing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, holds a slight edge over its 2014 predecessor, it’s still too noisy and juvenile to satisfy. The plot is the usual silliness — the evil Shredder is bent on world domination, and the Turtles must stop him — but pre-teens and nostalgic TMNT die-hards are unlikely to mind. The pundits say Out of the Shadows occasionally works as a cartoonish slam-bang popcorn flick, but mostly, it’s a relentlessly juvenile time-waster.

Me Before You (2016) 55%

Films about beautiful people falling in love on their way to a weepy ending are essentially critic-proof — just ask Nicholas Sparks — so it’s hard to imagine anyone involved with Me Before You worrying too much about how critics are reacting to their adaptation of the Jojo Moyes bestseller. For what it’s worth, many reviews note the strong work delivered by — and solid chemistry between — stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin; it’s just that, as far as a good number of pundits are concerned, the movie doesn’t do a good enough job of handling its sensitive subject, and too often succumbs to sentimentality rather than treating its love story with the clear-eyed dignity it deserves. Still, if you’re looking for a tissue-worthy summer romance, you could do (and probably have done) a heck of a lot worse.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) 79%

You really can’t make a rock mockumentary without being compared to Spinal Tap — and those comparisons, more often than not, turn out to be unfavorable. So if nothing else, Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone would have earned points for moxie for even making an attempt to brave the genre with their feature-length debut, this weekend’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Happily for the comedy trio, critics say the film lives up to its title by lobbing a constant volley of often hilarious barbs at the modern mainstream pop scene and 21st century celebrity in general — and even if it can’t help but lose a little momentum after a sidesplitting first half, the end result stands as another solid entry in the SNL vets’ budding filmography.

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  • I just don’t care about the reviews. I like X-Men movies more than I hate them. That’s about all you can reasonably hope for from this kind of film. The only two that were better than I expected were the X-Men and X-Men: First Class.

  • James Sunderland

    I don’t know about this movie,but Jennifer Lawrence can sit on my face ANYTIME!

  • Giannis Agelopoulos

    For me as i can see is that whatever comes from Disney is praised as prefect and should consider as a masterpiece and if it comes from another company it should be bashed to death. The film isn’t perfect but i had a great time watching it and i highly recommend as a 7 out of 10, so ingore the tomato meter and see what the people say for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

    • Pinkk

      Through the Looking Glass was from Disney and bashed to death :p So no, just because it comes from Disney, does not make critics praise a movie as perfect :p

      As for X:Apoc , and someone who enjoyed it (seeing it a second time today) it had plenty of flaws. Intro of new characters that get very little if any time to really care about them (Angel, Psylocke, even new Storm) and a main villain we really don’t get much info on in the film. We get more out of Magneto than we do Apoc. :p

      Though you may be talking about the difference between the MCU and X-Men franchises, which, even the movie going audiences have preferred the MCU over the X-Men, if we go by the box office tallies. Most MCU movies surpass the X-Men ones.

    • Are you still mad Batman v Superman wasn’t given an above 90% rating? That was months ago.
      As for this X-Men movie, it’s decent, could be better for sure. A 48% tomatometer reflects that.

      • Giannis Agelopoulos

        As for the Batman vs Superman i consider it the worst super hero movie i have seen this year so don’t run in conclusions for what i think about this movie. For the latest X-men movie as i said the film isn’t perfect, but not worthy for 48% of the tomato meter ill just give you the link from IMBD and proves you that opinions differs from site to site

  • Disney owns everything now.

    • Clint3po

      Not DeadPool

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    The X-MEN series hasn’t been rebooted.

  • Rakesh Ramachandran

    Out of the 3 super hero movies that released recently , i would rate Xmen as best. People should ignore Tomato meter go and see the movie ..Happy holidays.

  • Jim Hamilton

    The Language was unfit for adults let alone a 13 year old. It should not have a PG rating. Hollywood seems to think a movie can’t be good if it isn’t moraly corrupt. The directors, producers and play writers need discipline and I don’t mean self discipline. They need to have me to lay some discipline upside their jaw. Thats right a broken nose and a busted jaw from my fist may get the point a across. Some people need a good old fashion beating before they can be taught anything and the Hollywood types are just that kind. The movie was terrible by the way. It was totally predictable and the special affects looked like my kids Lego set. I t was nothing but over dramatic and the acting very poor I would not recommend it!


    TMNT: Out of the Shadows was really entertaining. Growing up in the 80s I feel this is the film I’ve would have wanted as a child while the cartoon series on. I don’t understand the backlash at all…

    • Clint3po

      Everyone who saw the first one got burned and was not going to give this new one a chance

      • WTFITBS

        I went into this film without any level of expectations and thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt like was 8 again when Rocksteady and Beebop where chasing the turtles in that river rapids scene. How long have we been waiting to see something like this on the big screen?

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