MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 139 this week

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 59,437 users  
Reviews: 178 user | 93 critic

A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

Director:

Writers:

(characters), (characters), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 07 May 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Aug 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

User Polls

2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The turtles find themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan.

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Elias Koteas, Paige Turco, Stuart Wilson
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The adventures of a quartet of humanoid warrior turtles and their friends.

Stars: Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, Rob Paulsen
TMNT (2007)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When the world is threatened by an ancient evil, the four adolescent turtles must reunite and overcome their faults in order to stand against it.

Director: Kevin Munroe
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Mako, Chris Evans
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series 2012)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Four ninja turtles, mutated by a mysterious alien substance, must rise up out of the sewers and defend their city against evil forces from both the past and present.

Stars: Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In this live-action TV series, the Turtles are older than in the movies or cartoon, and are joined by a fifth, female Turtle. "Venus De Milo" mutated with the other 4 Turtles but was washed... See full summary »

Stars: Jarred Blancard, Mitchell A. Lee Yuen, Dean Choe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Raphael (voice) / Passenger In Cab
David Forman ...
Leonardo / Gang Member
...
Leonardo (voice)
...
Donatello / Foot Messenger
Michelan Sisti ...
Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
...
Michaelangelo (voice)
...
Splinter (voice)
...
David McCharen ...
...
Toshishiro Obata ...
...
Tatsu (voice)
Michael Turney ...
Edit

Storyline

Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

turtle | mentor | ninja | rat | combat | See All (140) »

Taglines:

Heroes in a half shell! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$135,270,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After design sketches were created, the construction team used the studios' backlot to create some of the sets. There were problems with the manholes that led to the Turtles' home, in that an eight-foot square room had to be constructed beneath them, but found water at about five-feet, and thus had to pour concrete into the underground rooms to keep the water out. See more »

Goofs

Several times throughout the movie, the turtles' weapon belts squeeze their breast/stomach-plates in, suggesting they might be made of a soft material, like foam. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
April: Much more than just a series of small, isolated incidents, it's now apparent that an organized criminal element is at work and at the moment, business is good. So good in fact that there appear to be no eyewitnesses to any of these crimes. With complaints ranging from purse snatching to breaking and entering, police switchboards have been swamped with the angry voices of more and more citizens who have fallen prey to the recent surge of crime that continues to plague the city. ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The film title appears from behind the corner of the sewer, just before the Turtles come around it and are fully seen for the first time. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

LET THE WALLS COME DOWN
Written by Johnny Kemp and Rhett Lawrence
Performed by Johnny Kemp
Courtesy of Columbia Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

This makes it clear...darker is better
15 June 2002 | by (The Sewer) – See all my reviews

On your first read of the title, you may think "Ah...the Ninja Turtles...kid's stuff". That conclusion is partially understandable, considering the fact that most people's minds drift towards the Saturday morning cartoon show, which was made for little kids. But if you are one of the handful of people who remembers the original TMNT comic book and how dark it was, you will probably think more of the name. This live-action version of the Teenaged Turtles reaches back into its comic book origins and sacrifices the kiddie stuff in favor of a darker, more brooding film. This is the key to this movie's greatness. It shows the Turtles how they were meant to be shown. The movie is still fun, though, supplying the viewer with all the early 90's teenager slang and ass-kicking that you can squeeze onto celuloid. The only problem is that the whole Ninja Turtles franchise has come with a love it or hate it tag attached to it, often times giving it a bad rap that it really doesn't deserve. The film is no Blade Runner or Spiderman by any means, but it's still a great little piece of cinema that you can just sit down with a bowl of popcorn (or maybe a pizza) and enjoy without much thought. Sadly, this is as good as the series gets (not that this movie could get much better). The sequels (TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze and TMNT 3) aren't really that great. TMNT 2 lacks the gritty edge that makes this movie good (having Vanilla Ice on the soundtrack doesn't help much either) and TMNT 3 is obviously aimed directly for the little ones. This is the great little movie. COWABUNGA!!!


39 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Very atmospheric movie lordmid
Deleted scene where Shredder fights his recruits cottonmouthking
Why kids movies of the 90's made mine a generation of scumbags dnlmngll
'You want a fist in the mouth?' lordmid
Jim Henson's Workshop should really be commended. Sanke
Just saw the trailer for the new 2014 TMNT movie... IkuharaKunihiko
Discuss Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?