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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In April's apartment, after the turtles watch April's interview on TV in which she thanks Raphael for saving her, Donatello says that Raphael is turning red from embarrassment, but Raphael actually responds in Leonardo's voice, not his own.
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During the final fight, a foot soldier is thrown into the staircase of a fire escape. He grabs his head in pain and we hear the clanging sound, but we see that his head never even got within a foot of the metal.
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Several times throughout the film, Donatello uses Raphael's voice instead of using his own, like when he is punched or kicked by a Foot Clan member.
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In the beginning, when the Turtles are shouting various phrases after their first battle, Donatello yells, off-screen, "Bossa nova!" but on-screen Leonardo's lips move.
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Towards the beginning of the movie when the young kids are bringing stolen goods to the foot soldiers in the large cargo van, the foot soldiers close the double doors at the back of the van and the sound of the doors latching is nowhere close to the time that the doors actually close.
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The exact same sound effect (a metallic "rub") is used both when Shredder turns towards Danny after his speech, and when he lifts his spike to Splinter's neck to threaten him- yet they are two completely different actions, and the first instance doesn't even warrant the sound effect in the first place.
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Michelangelo screams Splinter's name while standing on top of the barn, but does it in Raphael's voice. (Look closer for the nunchuks on his belt as proof that it's actually Mikey.)
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Continuity 

When Splinter catches a knife that was thrown at him, the film is edited so his hands are shown letting go of the Nunchaku he was holding only after he catches the knife.
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When Danny exits the sewer via the manhole cover, he slides it up and to the left. When the scene cuts to Casey Jones and then Casey Jones walking passed the manhole cover, it is noticeably down and to the left.
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When Raphael is looking at the traffic from the top of April's building right before the foot come at him, the building looks like it has at least 15-20 stories. When Danny is looking at the building burning it has only 2 stories.
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During the apartment fight, the electricity gets severed. But a few minutes later, April's boss calls to say she's fired.
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While in the ground floor of the junk shop during the battle with the Foot Clan, Leonardo is seen helping April uncover an escape route. Then Leonardo is seen fending off the Foot in the background. The following shot shows Leonardo back in the same place at April's side.
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April O'Neil's answering machine still works despite the power to her apartment being cut by The Foot Clan.
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When Raphael trips up the members of the Foot after watching the movie, it's obvious that the feet of the thief's don't actually touch Raphael's leg.
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Near the beginning of the film, Michelangelo orders a pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, ham and various other toppings, however the pizza received contains neither pepperoni nor ham.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Raph and Leo are arguing in April's apartment, there is a crew member with an orange baseball hat on trying to hide under the table.
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After Raphael wakes up in the bathtub, Donatello laughs at a joke. As he does so he tilts his head back and opens his mouth, revealing the face of the actor underneath the costume.
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At the end of the movie, when Casey Jones goes to run for the garbage truck, an unexplained person runs in front of the camera in the opposite direction.
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When Donatello is skateboarding in the sewers to meet with Michelangelo while Mikey is waiting for the pizza, you can see, for a couple of frames, a human hand (which should be Donny's) move in and then out of the camera viewpoint while he is doing a spin.
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At the end of the movie, when Shredder is running towards Splinter with the staff, part of the sound stage is visible (on the full screen version).
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Shortly after Casey is seen chopping vegetables with a sword, there is a shot of all of the turtles gathered in one room. In the bottom center of the screen, you can see a mic cord coming out of the bottom of a turtle's shell and going down his left leg. This is Leonardo. Behind him, another more visible cord can be seen coming out of the left side of Raphael's shell.
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When Michelangelo yells as he's fighting on the street in the last scene, you can see the actor through the mouth opening.
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When Raphael is fighting the Foot Soldiers on top of April's apartment, you can clearly see, in some frames, the stage that he is fighting on.
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When the Turtles first encounter Shredder, some of the actors portraying foot clan members can be seen leaving the set.
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Factual errors 

In the background of one of the shots of the city, there is a clear poster for "Critters" hanging on a wall outside a theatre, despite it being made four years earlier (1986).
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Shortly after the pizza is delivered through the sewer grating, Donatello is seen with a napkin tucked under his chin. How can he do that if he isn't wearing a shirt to tuck it into?
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Miscellaneous 

Endorsement backfire: Because the turtles have long been devotees of pizza, Pizza Hut was one of the main endorsers of the movie, creating and distributing much of the Turtles' merchandising before the movie's premiere. However, all the deliveries in the movie were shown to be from Domino's.
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Plot holes 

When Raphael gets attacked by the Foot soldiers on April's roof, one of them tosses both of his sai over the edge of the building. Yet later in the movie, he has the weapons back even though he never had a chance to find and recover them.
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It's never been explain how the Turtles get money to buy pizzas and go to the movies.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Leonardo leaves April's apartment, we see his sword bend against the wall, like rubber.
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When the Foot clan bring out the axes to fight with in April's apartment, the floor already looks like it's been hacked into before the first ax touches the ground.
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While fleeing the Foot Clan in the junk shop, the same brief scene of Donatello turning and punching out one of the Foot is used twice.
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At the beginning of the "This is What we Do" sequence, when the camera is focused on the cigar-smoking boy playing pool, the Bubblegum Girl from the very next shot can be seen waiting around on her mark in the background.
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During April's mugging, and the Turtles' intervention, you can see glass breaking when Raphael's sai is thrown at the light, but the light doesn't go out for another second or two.
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Right after Raphael is dropped through the skylights, he comes crashing to the ground. His brothers run to his side. As they do this you can see Donatello touch Raphael's shell. When he does this you can see the shell move inward as if it is something soft like foam.
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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.
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Spoilers

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Crew or equipment visible 

When Splinter throws Shredder over the edge of the building near the movie's end, his puppeteer is visible (full screen only)
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