I loved watching the Smurfs on Saturday morning cartoons when I was growing up. When I saw that there was going to be a Smurfs movie coming out this summer, I put it on my must-see list for my family. My boys can’t wait to see the blue creatures on the big screen.
But, the critics aren’t being so kind to the Smurfs.
USAToday: “Attention, all 4-year-olds reading this review: You’re going to love The Smurfs. And congrats on your reading skills. Attention, parents of said 4-year-olds: You may want to bring something to read in the theater, because there’s not a whole lot in it for you in this big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV cartoon.”
The New York Times: “But on a hot summer day, ‘The Smurfs’ is a decent enough excuse to haul the little ones into an air-conditioned theater.”
EntertainmentWeekly: “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.”
Chicago Sun Times: “The movie wants us to feel affection for the Smurfs but make fun of them as well. It’s raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the Smurf word substitutions more naughty than nice (‘Who Smurfed?; or ‘Where the Smurf are we?’). That’s Smurfed up.”
Despite all the negative reviews, I’ll probably still take my boys to see The Smurfs. But, if you still aren’t sure, check out Movieline’s funny flowchart on if you should see it or not. My favorite line from that is to see it because it’s better than Cars 2.