Did 'The Smurfs' miss the mark?
July 29th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Did 'The Smurfs' miss the mark?

There are rumors that the film version of beloved '80s cartoon "Smurfs" is a dud, but it may be worse than anyone could have imagined.

“The Smurfs” managed to maintain a shocking 0 percent rating on film review site Rotten Tomatoes for the past week, just recently bumping up to a mere 20 percent.

Despite the talents of Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez and Katy Perry, the negative reviews are rolling in. Critics are calling the live-action/animated flick a wreck.

The “Washington Post” puts it this way: “I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy.”

But the little blue guys shouldn’t feel too bad – Kevin James’s kiddie comedy “Zookeeper” only has a 13 percent rating!


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  1. Chucklehead

    It's got this thing called Neil Patrick Harris in it. I'll never watch it, no matter how good people say it is.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Don JJ

    Not suprised.

    July 30, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. steph

    i love the cartoon the smurfs im 30 and still watch it! i havent seen the movie yet but this movie does not look the smurfs i know and love! wheres johan and peewee and the orginal voices i know most of them are still around.

    July 30, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jon

    Hollywood is bored. Why else would they make remakes of what's already been made before as cartoons! Yogi Bear, Alvin and the stupid monks and now the smurfs? It's bad enough they keep bring back 'Planet of the Apes' and all of these stupid comic book hero's like we all care. Seriously Hollywood just needs to go on a movie making break.

    They make too many movies all the time therefore they run out of ideas.

    July 30, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. gs

    How many writing on here are 4 years old, Thats the target folks who cares if you dont like it,

    July 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mara

      Why because 4 year olds were around in the 80's? This movie caters to those people but then again they don't want the Smurfs messed up.

      July 30, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Adam

    Rotten Tomatoes is about as relevant as AOL. I pretty much use it to decide what I should watch, but in reverse. The lower the score, the better the film usually is.

    July 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Notabadmovie

    My kids really liked this movie. I laughed more then a few times. I have seen much worse kids movies. It was worth the time to see my kids laugh. Could have it been better, sure but it was good enough. Thank you.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    When I saw the trailer for "the Smurfs" I thought, this is not the Smurfs! But let's be realistic, like the grandmom said, It's For Kids! Adults often forget that kids are a huge audience demographic, & selfishly claim all movie releases as their own! If adult don't hate sitting through it, great, but if kids love it, the box office is set!!

    July 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mara

      The best thing about this is that Cartoon Network is bringing back the charming Smurfs to TV.

      Strawberry Shortcake comes to Manhattan could work... right? She gets a job at a perfume counter at Bloomies.... call me.

      July 30, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Snarf

    This movie is a new version of the Chipmunks movies... nothing about the real smurfs.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Heather

    A glimpse at any of the previews would make it obvious that
    1 If you loved the Smurf cartoon, you would dislike this because it's nothing like the Smurfs.

    2 If you didn't like the Smurf cartoon, then the only reason to watch is because you just can't get enough of "smart mouthed cgi characters interacting with live action" films. So far the track record for that genre has ranged from bad to painful.

    I want to know who was gullible enough to imagine this was a good idea and backed it financially. I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell them.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snarky

    Let's the honest here. The Smurfs ALWAYS sucked. People only watched it because it was on before other, more popular cartoons like Transformers. It was never a good premise, never good characters, animation, or anything. It's just a filler show, just like this movie is a filler movie.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RkyMtnMan

    Smurfs have always "missed the mark". Or...who cares?!

    July 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I can't believe you said the smurfs have always missed the mark! The Smurfs is a classic cartoon show. What misses the mark is your comment.

      July 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. So Blue

    Hank Azaria is a great "voice actor" & George Lopez is pretty good. Neil Patrick Harris has done it all - Katy Perry: BOO !! maybe the story line is a bomb, but the actors not so bad (except for Perry: BOO)

    July 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Horace

    This could have been a great movie if they didn't do the Chipmunks approach. I'm not impressed.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colleen

      I saw it yesterday with my daughter and her friends. I thought exactly the same thing!!! I was the Chipmunk movies warmed over.

      August 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. CHUCK

    SMURF MOVIE IS GREAT...HOLDS THE ATTENTION OF IT'S AUDIENCE...LITTLE CHILDREN !!!! MY THREE GRANDCHILDREN JUST SAW IT AND THEY WERE RIVITED TO THE SCREEN FOR THE ENTIRE MOVE....THEY ARE USUALLY HIGHLY ACTIVE BUT THE LOVED THIS MOVIE....CUDOS TO THE SMURFS,THEIR CAST AND CREW.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Friendo

    That's what happens when you stunt cast celebs instead of voice actors. Katy Perry and George Lopez? Lol

    July 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Pittsburgh

      "That's what happens when you stunt cast celebs instead of voice actors."
      or quote the aforementioned voice actors word-for-word from their Twitter accounts, which doesn't help their cause, btw.

      Still, I agree with the sentiment, but in the end it's the producers that decide on these things and also inevitably suffer the consequences when the film fails. "The Smurfs" won't fail because it has poor voice acting for its CGI characters, though. It will fail because the premise was flawed to begin with.

      July 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |

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