Predictably, the Michael Bay-produced new adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled the box office for the weekend it debut and has already been given the greenlight for a sequel set to be released in Summer 2016 despite being panned by critics. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the epitome of a summer blockbuster with its huge budget, gratuitous special effects, and plot that doesn’t ask for much in terms of brain power from its audience. The audience doesn’t seem to mind that, though, as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals another big trend among summer blockbusters — moviegoers and critics coming away with vastly different opinions.
The new reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox as the journalist April O’Neil. Her co-stars are giant CGI bipedal turtles named after Renaissance men who use their ninja skills to defend New York City from a villain called Shredder. Critics complained that the movie was overall boring, not entertaining or even terrible enough to be funny, and the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie a pitiful 19 percent rating.
“I had to draw on my own ninja training and reflect intensively on the transitory nature of all phenomena, just to fend off the profound yearning for death,” said Salon critic Andrew O’Hehir. “Not out-and-out terrible enough to be completely dismissed, while also not particularly memorable either, perhaps the truest summation of the film is to say simply that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that exists,” is what The Los Angeles Times writer Mark Olsen had to say.