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The Smurfs

  PG Closed Captioning

Raja Gosnell

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Plot Summary

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours - in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

22%
  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 90
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Jul 29, 2011

Rotten: Director Raja Gosnell also made "Scooby-Doo" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." At least for families, this is a bit smurfing better than those. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Jul 29, 2011

Rotten: [A] relentlessly witless and cynical children's movie packed with potty jokes, product plugs and double-entendres along the lines of "What the Smurf?" – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jul 29, 2011

Rotten: I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy. – Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, Jul 29, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A SMURFIN' DISASTER!

Honestly, did any of us really think "The Smurfs" was gonna be that good? After all, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell (the same guy who directed both "Scooby-Doo" movies and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"). Unfortunately, I was dragged by my family (against my will) to see it with them. And, of course, it turned out to be just as I had predicted: an overblown and completely unnecessary film version of the popular 1980's cartoon that relied too much on shopworn slapstick gags, painfully clichéd dialogue, and one of the most unoriginal premises in any family movie this year. But those problems were just slight missteps compared to my biggest concerns about the flick. Sony (the distributor of the film) thought it would be a good idea to promote its products and upcoming features any chance it got. And no, we're not just talking about subtle product placements. We're talking huge billboards advertising "Arthur Christmas" and an ad for Blu-Ray players that stays in one scene for about three minutes straight. I guess the movie did have an excuse since it did take place in New York City, but did it have to be so blatant with its marketing scheme? Also, most of the acting was just atrocious, although I should give Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria some credit. At least they stayed committed to their roles the whole time. However, I can't say the same for the rest of the cast. As for the Smurfs, don't even get me started. It was charming when the little blue men used the word "Smurf" in everyday context, but in this film, they often replace it with swear words and inappropriate innuendos. I mean, this is a kid's movie for crying out loud! And of course, what would a live-action/animation flick be without a little forced melodrama thrown in? Only in "The Smurfs", it's shoved down your throat to the point where you just want the plot to get resolved already. Anyway, you might be wondering why I'm being so critical about a "harmless" children's film like this. Well, it's because, deep down, I know it could've been A LOT better. If it had just been a simple animated movie that stuck to a story that didn't have so many confusing plot holes in it, that would've been different. But of course, Hollywood knew a flick like this would make twice as more money. In the end, you're probably gonna buy or rent this movie and ignore my long review, but just remember that this is only one guy's opinion. I'm sure all of you feel differently. To be fair, it's really not as bad as the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise or "Yogi Bear", but it's still a film that you and your family can definitely live without seeing.

One or the Other

You either love this movie or ya hate it. I liked it. It was cute and postive. My mom collected the smurfs in her childhood and I was curious to see exactly what "smurfs" were. But seriously, guys, do ya really have to smurf swear in the other comments? Oh, and as to buying it, watch it before you buy.

Awsome movie

I loved this movie and not just because KATY PERRY played smurffet. It is just a great film.

The Smurfs
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2011

Customer Ratings

Available Bundle

  1. The Smurfs 1 & 2 Bundle, Sony Pictures

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