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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Disappointing and Lacklustre

Author: C-Rex from United Kingdom
6 June 2012

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I wasn't expecting much when I first watched the Smurfs, judging by the recent trend of making CGI movies about fairly old cartoons e.g.: Scooby Doo, Garfield. For a start the Smurfs themselves have been completely redesigned: they look more realistic, and although it may not be necessary a bad thing, I still don't like the fact they gave blue irises to their eyes instead of just black pupils.

Another thing I didn't like is that the majority of the film is set in NEW YORK. If this is a film about The Smurfs, why isn't it set in the Smurf world involving their adventures? There are practically hundreds of scenarios the film could have been based on, but it is obvious that they chose New York to fit as many human characters into the movie as possible (excluding Gargamel), and to avoid having to animate an entire forest (the Smurf Village was actually one of the better aspects of the movie).

Actor-wise, Hank Azara steals the movie, and I think his portrayal of Gargamel is hilarious, although he provides more of a comic relief to the movie than the Gargamel in the cartoon series.

The Smurf actors are kind of alright, but was it really necessary to cast Katy Perry as Smurfette? She has fewer lines than most of the main Smurf characters in the movie, and I think that she acted quite out of character near the end of the movie, I mean, in the cartoon series, would she really take on Azrael by herself? For me probably the worst scene is the scene in which the Smurfs sing along to Patrick playing Guitar Hero (product placement, anyone). It is completely cringe-worthy and will make your ears bleed.

Finally, I didn't find replacing swearwords with the word "Smurf" funny at all, and the new character, Gutsy, got on my nerves quite a bit (did they really have to invent a new character for the movie?) Overall, this movie may be entertaining for kids, but for anyone else it should be avoided at all cost, unless you're a die-hard Smurfs fan.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

How is this a movie ?

Author: Vaughan A Davies (brutalkid1997) from blackpool, england
3 June 2012

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Once again i'm making a review for a Bad movie. The Smurfs was the stupidest excuse for a kids movie since The Cat In The Hat staring Micheal Myers. I gotta admit Neil Patrick Harris was pretty good.But Hank Azania was a massive idiot.The smurf song where they just go la la la la was very irritating.Do they think kids are stupid ? they were very lucky to make the money they did. IN FACT THIS MOVIE WAS OVERRATED BY FAMILIES.The joke with the porter potty was dumb.The joke were gargmel gets tasted is lame most of this movie just runs on some idiot's bad brain cells.I also hate the fact that my 16 year old friend likes it and now annoys me by saying "what the smurfing smurf" why can't he just go back to the f word.

save your money don't watch this movie.if you disagree Then your an idiot

Good Day

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

best movie and best 3D movie

Author: jaemiewaters from United States
17 February 2012

it is one of the best movies and one of the best 3D movies you will enjoy watching this amazing movie it is a super movie it is the perfect family film this is the best animated movie you and your family will enjoy this laugh out loud movie i never saw a movie like this if you like the Smurfs than you will enjoy this movie it is a blast i think this is one of the best movies ever made this is one amazing movie this movie is OK for the kids this is one sweet movie when i went to watch this movie i never laugh that hard in a movie this is a movie that will be more famous the later one in the year it is one of the best 3D movies i never saw a 3D movie like this you will say wow lets watch that again you just have to watch this amazing movie it is a must see for sure it is a funny funny movie it is one of the best family movies ever made it is a amazing movie have a great day everyone

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Not the best flick for a child

Author: lalitdevraj from United States
6 February 2012

The Smurfs have been a part of history for many current children and adults today. This movie, with a more realistic approach and usage of puns/manipulation in more modern day language and slang may not appeal to all kids in terms of entertainment and understanding. As a teenager, this may not the movie of desire to watch but as I have I am able to comment holistically.

The casting for the voices of the Smurfs was not of the best choice; there are better enunciating speakers in Hollywood and that's that. As per Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, they are friendly faces to the target audience, with Neil Patrick Harris being a significant USP for this movie as far as older age groups are concerned.

With a simple storyline and a interesting cinematography, the movie was pleasing to watch as per the flow of events. From a child's perspective, the movie was a bit higher than comprehensive for a child hence leading to an enjoyable time, but not as much as some, more classic, movies provide.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

What a dissasmurfment

Author: drbilli from United States
4 December 2011

You got it all wrong. This was just the rehearsal. There is no other explanation. The whole movie felt more like 80s slapstick. Like there has been no development in comedy and humor in the last 30 years. I can only imagine, that the makers of this movie were meeting and saying something like this: "Guys, we have bought the rights for Smurfs. It's a sure sell. Why risk anything at all to make something special? Let's do it the absolutely classic and trivial way, and everybody can go home with their pockets full. High five!". The only special thing about this movie was, that even they had a lot of jokes, you didn't have one reason to feel entertained.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Great family film that will having kids and adults laughing

Author: Dillon Harris from Ireland
15 August 2011

The Smurfs is a fun and enjoyable family film,the animation and the humor is both terrific,it will have both kids and adults laughing,especially with the terrific acting of Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick Winslow and The Simpsons Hank Azaria as Gargamel,Gargamel was a terrific character in the film especially with his cat Azrael,unlike the cartoon series were Gargamel is nothing more than a bad guy.

Six Smurfs,Papa,Clumsy,Brainy,Grouchy,Gutsy and Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry),get lost in New York after they go through a portal that leads them to New York City while trying to escape Gargamel and his cat Azrael after Clumsy Smurf leads them to Smurf village,as the group of six are stuck,they live with a couple,Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris),who isn't one bit happy with the Smurfs living with them, and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays) who finds the little blue creatures adorable,and the Smurfs wont be able to get back to the Village and escape Gargamel until a Blue Moon,which is very unlikely.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The Smurfs walks a fine line between cynical exploitation of nostalgia and embracing the heartwarming virtues of the iconic creatures themselves

Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA
2 August 2011

"I hated this trip less than expected" Probably not a direct quote from Grouchy Smurf but it'll do for my summary of the movie itself. 30 years ago, when I was thirteen, I still watched Saturday morning cartoons and "Smurfs" was one I remember in particular seeing every week for that season and maybe the next. So when I heard about this film version, I dreaded the result. Well, while I could see some of the cynicism on the part of some of the story of them going to New York and all the trappings that entailed, overall this was a silly (though also pretty amusing) and poignant tribute to those little blue creatures to the point of some of the writers having the Neil Patrick Harris character acknowledging creator Peyo and the country of origin, Belgium. And at least having some classic '80s rock songs like the Run-DMC with Steven Tyler version of "Walk This Way" and AC/DC's "Back in Black" removes the taste of having that annoying Smurfs theme song (as even acknowledged by a homeless man humming the tune) constantly being run throughout the movie. And adding Jayma Mays and Sofia Vegara and having Hank Azaria as the villainous Gargamel add some charm. So on that note, The Smurfs was a somewhat pleasant time-waster.

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

I smurfing well loved it!

Author: ken-mcconaghy from United Kingdom
13 August 2011

I'm a HUGE fan of kids films - the escapism value is excellent and much superior to other non child friendly films... I should also point out that I'm 31 so it can get a little embarrassing going to the cinema to see them. However, after the first few minutes of this film I was captivated by the little blue guys (and girl). Such a funny film!

I went in with very low expectations - but my brother had recommended it to me (I was a fan of The Smurfs And The Magic Flute when I was growing up - drove my parents crazy because I wanted it on ALL THE TIME!!!) I'm a fan of The Smurfs and have been for a long time... But a big screen movie? Was that really going to work? Damn right it was going to work!

What they've done with this film is kept faithful to the original series. The casting of Hank Azaria as Gargamel is legendary - I can't believe anyone else being this good in the role. He's very funny (albeit not very mature), camp and down right lovably nasty.

The Smurfs themselves are endearing and very cute - by the time the film has finished I wanted my very own Smurf. Where do you get them from? I'll have to consult with Gargamel so I can get one for myself.

The story is, well okay it's not very original... But it is handled well.

If anything then this film is a little too saccharine. But I like sweet stuff so that's okay. I urge you to see this film and keep an open mind .

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful:


Author: br2000 from United Kingdom
20 August 2011

the 3d was awesome and it jumped out of the screen once and a while the story and the plot was good too. but the smurfs made the movie so i give the smurfs an amazing 10 stars.some people hate this movie on the other hand I love it . it is unique and gives off its own good vibe.Gargamel makes the movie whether getting hit by a bus or flying over central park he will never get the smurfs.Patrick and Emily also play a big part in the smurfs because they also help make this movie special and you should definitely definitely watch this true blue 3-d mega hit rock on awesome smurfs.also watch this with real d glasses smurf out.

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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

I took my 5 year old son...... and he LOVED it!

Author: leah-blackburn from USA
31 July 2011

I loved the Smurfs in the 80's AND!!!!!!!!! At the age of 40, I love the Smurfs again in 2011!!!!!!! I am so happy to share a new version of these magical creatures that I grew up loving with my son!!!!!!!! It is so worth it!!! I am so glad I took my 5 year old son and I will buy the movie so I can share in with my daughter (who is too young to enjoy the theater experience) and enjoy it again!!! The cast list is great! Neil Patrick Harris is just awesome!!!! And I have always loved Jonathan Winters since I saw him in "Mork and Mindy" as a kid!! If you withhold Smurf magic within your'll love this movie. It was Smurf-Awesome!!! My 5 year old son has been humming the Smurf tune ALL day!! (I do have to say that I chose to see the non 3D version I really have never been in too 3D but I see that it is become the "IN" thing) Smurfablous!!!!

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