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It may not entirely work as a movie, but The Muppets shines as a piece of touching pop nostalgia.

-Bilge EbiriFull Review

The purity of the nostalgia turns this franchise film into a love letter to childhood.

-Bruce DionesFull Review

You can rest easy - if you have previously loved the Muppets, you will likely currently love The Muppets.

-Laremy LegelFull Review

The chorus of one of the songs declares, 'I've got everything that I need, right in front of me.' For 120 minutes, that's precisely how I felt.

-Christopher OrrFull Review

[Filmmakers] hew close to the essential innocence informing the Muppets' silliness.

-Glenn KennyFull Review

The Muppets is a triumph of simplicity, innocence and goofy jokes. It's a triumph of felt.

-Amy BiancolliFull Review

A mixed bag then: The Muppets isn't the best or the worst of Kermit's big-screen capers. At least it's a reminder that here's one frog who isn't about to croak.

-Tom CharityFull Review

It's nice to see the band back together. And when Kermit busts out the banjo for "Rainbow Connection," you might even go for your lighter.

-Rafer GuzmanFull Review

Like Statler and Waldorf, older viewers may kvetch and cavil about the details, but when that red velvet curtain goes up, we wouldn't give up our balcony seats for the world.

-Dana StevensFull Review

No fourth wall is safe in The Muppets, and that's a great piece of news.

-Chris VognarFull Review

The Muppet charm, always more at home within the intimate frame of a TV set, is gone here.

-Rick GroenFull Review

Segel and his team are not Jim Henson -- but they've done justice to the lovers and the dreamers.

-Linda HolmesFull Review

Is it perfect? No. Is it a lot of fun and does it successfully revive this inspired franchise? Absolutely and let's seriously hope so. A world without Kermit is just too hard to face.

-Tom LongFull Review

Except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad.

-J. R. JonesFull Review

During the movie's best moments, I recalled exactly what my long-gone father's roars of laughter sounded like.

-Mary F. PolsFull Review

"The Muppets" is both a delightful family film about the Muppets and a winking, self-referential satire about how lame the Muppets are.

-Michael O'SullivanFull Review

The Muppets treats its titular heroes with affection and respect, even as Fozzie Bear shows off his "fart shoes" and toilet humor abounds.

-Steven ReaFull Review

The Muppet relaunch is as it should be: the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational treat you could wish for on a holiday weekend.

-Kyle SmithFull Review

The Muppet franchise is revitalized with "The Muppets," a funny, wickedly self-aware musical that opens by acknowledging they've outlived their shelf life.

-Roger EbertFull Review

Kids today will have the same kind of fun at The Muppets they have at all films of this kind. Adults, however, will connect in a deeper way.

-James BerardinelliFull Review

Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen Xers who grew up with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Dr. Teeth, but also the tykes who've never even heard of Jim Henson, The Muppets has none of the easy confidence of the original TV show or the 1979 movie.

-Melissa AndersonFull Review

The film is loaded with everything Muppets fans love: loopy musical production numbers, very funny montages, some hilarious asides and weird little moments.

-Charlie McCollumFull Review

I've never seen a movie so perfectly balanced between unabashed nerdiness and hipness. It's transcendent that way.

-Wesley MorrisFull Review

There are a few stumbles, but not too many, and by the time Gary and Walter get to a showstopping number that asks the burning question - "Am I a man, or a Muppet?" - you are completely hooked.

-Betsy SharkeyFull Review

Blending self-deprecating comic asides with high-spirited showmanship, the movie captures the essence of Jim Henson's classic 1970s TV show and 1979's The Muppet Movie.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

"The Muppets" made me feel warm and Fozzie.

-Colin CovertFull Review

It's time to see the Muppets, it's time to see this show.

-Richard RoeperFull Review

"The Muppets" is clever and current without being cynical, smart without being condescending, funny without being exclusionary to grown-ups or to kids.

-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review

They're still all great fun (even if, with Jim Henson gone and Frank Oz not participating, not everyone sounds quite as they did at the beginning).

-Stephen WhittyFull Review


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