(2013)

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85
Particular credit must be given to Samuel L. Jackson's voicing of Whiplash and Paul Giamatti's work on the voice of Chet. The chemistry between the two is awesome, hilarious even.
80
There's nothing remotely revolutionary about Turbo's underdog-sports narrative, but that's okay-it's one of the sturdiest plots in film for a reason-and the film's emotional beats are no less potent for being expected, thanks to the ground-level focus on the human-snail relationships that fuel them.
75
While there's no denying that the film is a harmless, wholesome, and heart-warming ride crafted with polish and skill, it's also so predictable that you'll see every twist in the story driving down Fifth Avenue.
75
A fresh, fast and funny little fable.
75
The movie gets a bit slow, with too much time spent on the human characters, who are dreary and underwritten, compared to the big dreams of the little snail. But the film picks up when the racing snails come back onscreen, thanks to the adorable character design, with expressive use of those googly eyes, and especially to the voice talent.
65
Turbo is harmless good fun - and impressionable kids could take worse lessons away from the multiplex.
63
As a film about social issues, and simply being yourself, it's commendably progressive, going so far as serving as a kind of coming-out story.
63
Turbo makes an entertaining go of it by borrowing very liberally from the “Fast & Furious” franchise - Michelle Rodriguez even voices a character - and sticking a slime trail onto “Rocky” for the rest.
63
While small children may be enchanted by this little gastropod that could, adults will be more sorely tested. For all the horsepower Turbo boasts about, the movie tends toward the sluggish - as in slow as a slug.
63
Has some appealing characters, a few laughs and then devolves into a predictable Tortoise and the Hare spinoff.
60
Competent, pretty funny in places, awfully nice to look at, that sort of thing. There's just not a lot of excitement, though.
60
Families who have already raced to “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” will find Turbo an acceptable third-place finisher. A sort-of escargot-meets-“Cars” adventure, it has some sharp vocal turns and remains fun even when its inventiveness runs out of gas.
50
An attractively designed but narratively challenged, one-note film.
50
Let's face it: Kids aren't a very demanding audience. If there's color, movement, and a high quotient of silliness, they're happy.
40
All Turbo does is give Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg the easiest paychecks they'll ever make, and its corporate overlords the chance to sell a few toys.

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