The Smurfs (2011)

The Smurfs (2011)

The Smurfs (2011)

Based on the cartoon strip characters created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Peyo, and made famous to most by Hanna-Barbera's hit '80s television series, The Smurfs are back for a new adventure.

When tyrant wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria, The Simpsons) chases the Smurfs out of their village, they're forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. With the help of new human friends (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) the Smurfs have to get home before Gargamel tracks them down.

2011Rating: G103 minsUSA
AdventureAnimatedKids & Family
Director:
Raja Gosnell ('Never Been Kissed', 'Scooby-Doo', 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua')
Writer:
David StemDavid Weiss
Cast:
Neil Patrick HarrisKaty PerrySofia VergaraHank AzariaPaul ReubensGeorge LopezJayma Mays
47%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Too much Sony product placement

Prominent advertising for Blu-Ray and Playstation 3 (a whole 5+ minutes dedicated to smurfs playing Guitar Hero). Also a major plot hole where Gargamel, having never seen Neil Patrick Harris previously, says "There he is. After him". How does he know Doogie is protecting the Smurfs? If you can channel your inner child, then this is fine; but...

3.0
0

I Love Azriel

Having grown up with the smurfs as child, I was a bit disapointed with this film. But I guess being an adult now - it will never be the same. I'm sure kids will love this. My 3 stars for this review, are purely for Azriel the cat - LOVED the cat! Gorgeous!

3.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

More than that mushiness, though, it's the possibility of this frantic film spawning sequels that truly inspires thoughts of smurficide

0
Variety

Variety

press

Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it's a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

All 4-year-olds reading this review: You're going to love The Smurfs. Parents of said 4-year-olds there's not a whole lot in it for you in this big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV cartoon.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Diverting and weird, but harmless.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It makes you think about deep things, man, such as your own mortality, which you may long for more than a few times during Raja Gosnell’s surreally awful live action–animation hybrid.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Those grown-up winks, along with an array of New York locations, make The Smurfs a surprisingly tolerable film for adults.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Easily pleased children and fans of the Teletubbies will enjoy it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This animated-live action hybrid is really more 3-D disaster than family comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This noisy, live action/animated rendering of those wee mushroom-dwellers doesn’t bother trying to capture the essence of what made the Pierre “Peyo” Culliford-created characters such a curiously endearing phenomenon.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation.

0
Daily Mail

Daily Mail

press

Small children may not notice the crassness of the script, cheapness of the gags and desperate mugging of the actors. Most older people will know exactly what this is: a huge, steaming pile of smurf.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

There’s little reason for childless adults to see The Smurfs, unless they’re just curious to know how far filmmakers can go in using feigned sincerity to sell a thoroughly calculated, cynical product.

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

More than that mushiness, though, it's the possibility of this frantic film spawning sequels that truly inspires thoughts of smurficide

0
Variety

Variety

press

Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it's a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

All 4-year-olds reading this review: You're going to love The Smurfs. Parents of said 4-year-olds there's not a whole lot in it for you in this big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV cartoon.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Diverting and weird, but harmless.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It makes you think about deep things, man, such as your own mortality, which you may long for more than a few times during Raja Gosnell’s surreally awful live action–animation hybrid.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Those grown-up winks, along with an array of New York locations, make The Smurfs a surprisingly tolerable film for adults.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Easily pleased children and fans of the Teletubbies will enjoy it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This animated-live action hybrid is really more 3-D disaster than family comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This noisy, live action/animated rendering of those wee mushroom-dwellers doesn’t bother trying to capture the essence of what made the Pierre “Peyo” Culliford-created characters such a curiously endearing phenomenon.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation.

0
Daily Mail

Daily Mail

press

Small children may not notice the crassness of the script, cheapness of the gags and desperate mugging of the actors. Most older people will know exactly what this is: a huge, steaming pile of smurf.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

There’s little reason for childless adults to see The Smurfs, unless they’re just curious to know how far filmmakers can go in using feigned sincerity to sell a thoroughly calculated, cynical product.

0

Too much Sony product placement

Prominent advertising for Blu-Ray and Playstation 3 (a whole 5+ minutes dedicated to smurfs playing Guitar Hero). Also a major plot hole where Gargamel, having never seen Neil Patrick Harris previously, says "There he is. After him". How does he know Doogie is protecting the Smurfs? If you can channel your inner child, then this is fine; but...

3.0
0

I Love Azriel

Having grown up with the smurfs as child, I was a bit disapointed with this film. But I guess being an adult now - it will never be the same. I'm sure kids will love this. My 3 stars for this review, are purely for Azriel the cat - LOVED the cat! Gorgeous!

3.0
0