TMNT 2014 – Nostalgia Critic

The Angry Video Game Nerd joins the Nostalgia Critic to take on the Michael Bay produced mess-terpeice. It’s time for the 2014 Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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237 Comments on "TMNT 2014 – Nostalgia Critic"

EclipseII
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YES! Heroes in glasses—CRITIC POWER!

Decimator Omega
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Awesome crossover review!

As for the con… if only there was one where you guys go to California. I’d love to meet you all.

BlueHero
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Got to meet Doug and Rob at Zenkaicon this past weekend. It was great, they even showed a preview of this. It was also a great surprise to see them help out at the Charity Auction.

SupermanXYZ
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YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

Brehmstorm
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At last, it is here.

Deans
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As a Turtles fan, a NC fan and AVGN fan, I’ve been looking forward to this one! That intro though…can’t stop laughing!

MikeJ2
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Loved this Video, Great Cross over! I also liked the Nintendo video game tie-in.

ThatManWithTheHeadband12
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ThatManWithTheHeadband12
A fantastic review. Loved the references, and the fact that you picked up on the Usagi Yojimbo reference. I too think that the reshoots De-whitewashing Shredder really hurt this movie. ALSO, the cameos were amazing. Tony stole the damn bit, and I love that most of the cameos were from noobs. Shoutout to Charlie, Haley and Jared (Spazzmaster, his wife, and Rosenhacker) and the Wire lady who were also dancing with Tony but were uncredited. And yeah, not only is April 15 in the current cartoon, but (SPOILERS) also part Kraang. Irma isn’t even real in this version, just a… Read more »
SomeJerkWithACamera
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Thank you! I’m VERY flattered that our audio was used to underscore some of the other cameos. And yes, for the record, the background dancers behind me were Charlie Callahan aka Spazz Master, Haley Baker Callahan aka TricksterBelle, Morgan Funder aka The Wire, David Ganssle aka Doggans, Nicholas Bogroff Ganssle aka Nicholas Bogroff Ganssle, and Jared Rosenfeld aka Rosenhacker! Many thanks to Doug for letting us be a part of this! THIS IS REAL THIS IS REAL YO!

battlegeekplus
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My crew and I had a great time doing a cameo as well! Thanks Doug!

Archanubis
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I was wondering if you had dragged out the entire Geekvision crew for this cameo! 😉

KiraJ202
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Actually, I’d heard that Michael Bay wanted the turtles to be aliens, so I appreciated Megan Fox saying “No, that’s stupid.” Other than that, no saving grace at all to this film.

1dkv
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Well the scene were they’re racing down that snowy mountain was pretty cool (no pun intended), buuuuuuuuuuuuuut even that had some really stupid moments in it too, like how the hell were those cars and trucks able to go down the slope at top speed without hitting any trees or rocks along the way?

Still this movie WAS pretty bad.

ZigTheHunter
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And what about the elevator scene?

Dethhollow
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It’s really just not good enough to make me want to see the film. Especially since you can just find it on youtube without any problems.

ZigTheHunter
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I didn’t claim it was worth seeing the movie for, just adding to the small amount of saving graces it has.

VenomtheOne
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we only need a geek and an otaku, and we would have a team of 4 reviewers ready to pin Bay down.

Irishdragon5
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You know what ticked me off about this movie? Look at Mega/April’s hair throughout the whole thing. It keeps changing color! One scene it’s almost like the other media, the next its darn near black. I know why, but I found it extremely annoying. Its insulting not only to April, but to other redheads.
I admit, its exceptionally nitpicky. But, for some reason, out of everything that movie did, THAT was the thing that struck a chord.

RobbyB
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Considering April was black in the original first couple Mirage comics… and that after her skin change her hair has varied from red to brown to black in all the different comics over the years, there isn’t really a set color… though she has predominantly been red haired in the animated properties.

Shinigami
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Wait was totaly worth it.

KillerMoth
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Like your revenge against the Zabi family, right Char?

SailorRustyBacon
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Wow, not since the Nick Cage month opening did I laugh this hard *hits replay* XD

Those call-backs hit my own nostalgic nerdgasm just right! Too bad there was no reference to “Turtles Forever,” and having a psycho alien Shredder show up and threatening to destroy all Turtle universes just to wipe out Bay’s turtles.

A-welCruiz
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MICHAEL. BAY. DID. NOT. DIRECT. THIS. MOVIE.

Just had to get that off my chest. Otherwise, a great review, and I was really satisfied with the ending which said everything I’ve been saying about the franchise for years. Also loved the little touches to the franchise’s history that illustrate they were far from perfect.

Also, I didn’t really mind the movie that much. Yeah, it wasn’t great or anything, but I got my money’s worth out of it. Certainly better than Ninja Turtles III, though I realize that’s not saying much.

RockmanX3
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EXACTLY!

People need to stop giving this movie flak because Bay’s name is attached to it.

Rezro
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They said that he was producer, and that allow them make joke from Bay even if it wasn’t directly his movies (if he would, it would be suck harder.. tfu, aliens)

Jeff Jacobson
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THEY. DID. NOT. SAY. THAT. HE. DID. SO. THERE. IS. NO. NEED. FOR. A. POORLY. PUNCTUATED. CORRECTION.

SpeedyEric
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They sill kept saying “Michael Bay this” and “Michael Bay that.” It would have been nice if they essalished that Bay way oly a co-producer of this film just to mke pece with it.

Rezro
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They did.

Palar
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The guy’s still in charge of it. He’s just got some minion director following a checklist of stupid shit, to save Bay having to be on-set every day.

Like Warhol, except it’s definitely not art.

Hardback247
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It still has the look of a Michael Bay film.

curlyjeenius
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Legit tho can you do turtle vlogs?

Brehmstorm
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So there are two cons cumming up in April?

uanime5
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Good job getting that pasted the censors.

Indigo_Dingo
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“she even lands the finishing blow. That pretty much never happens.”

Happened a hell of a lot in the 2003 series, and I’ve heard in the 2012 series.

Its high time you realised the 87 series really kinda sucked out loud.

SpeedyEric
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And the 80s series is also pretty cheesy by today’s standards.

Dethhollow
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In the 2012 series, April pretty much became a ninja and even managed to save the Turtles from a giant alien warlord with her mind at one point! If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend checking the 2012 series out. It’s quickly become my favorite adaptation with a lot of respect given to referencing other adaptations and has probably one of the most effective Aprils to date… minus the weird Apri-tello thing, but the good points out-weigh that stupid decision.

Unalive'Em13
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This was a pretty fun and funny review, since they’re doing a second movie in this particular franchise it’d be awesome if when it came out whether it turns out good or bad if the Nerd and the Critic reviewed it and brought in two other people who are arguably some of the biggest TMNT fans on the Internet Erod the Blockbuster Buster and Andre the Black Nerd, they could all four do it in the different colored masks of each of the Turtles

SpeedyEric
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This review would have been tter if they just drop most of the nitpicking. All I could hear throughout most of the review was “Nitpicking , Michael Bat bashing, Megan Fox bashing, CGI bashing, blah, blah, blah.”

Dethhollow
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I feel like they said a lot of good and could have covered the bad points a bit more. Just watching the footage, that Shakeycam was annoying as crap.

Kyarachan
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I’ve been waiting for this. Having Nerd and Critic reviewing something close to them and putting aside their rivalry, made this review that much more special.

It went beyond my expectations. I was a little worried at the end when they were logicing, but then they came to their senses and all was good again.

As one of the many geeks who grew up with this franchise, I like my turtles a certain way. Bay’s is not it. Neither is the horrible live action show or the rock band. I hold the third movie over this as better.

Andruism
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I get that it’s bad, but how bad are we talking about here? Like, in relation to the Transformers movies?

Andre scardona
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its better than tranformers because they actully got the turtles right and actully didnt make them steryotypes well not bad steryotypes

Faedeur
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Like stupid bad.

Dethhollow
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I’d call it better than 1, 2, and 4, but worse than 2. As bad as Transformers 2 was, at least it gave the audience plenty of cool action scenes and the villains were the Deceptacons instead of some random greedy a-hole.

mduncan50
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I don’t think you mathed right.

Kopaka1242
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It’s definitely better than the Transformers films, for the reasons Andre listed. I’d say it’s somewhere between Battle: Los Angeles and The Phantom Menace.

Werewolf101
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I am 12 and I know this is not how you make a good movie

Ikrani
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Then you are more intelligent than most of the people who make films aimed at people your age.

OmegaX2000
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I happen to love this movie. Because it was in 3-D. The story wasn’t that good but, because it was in 3-D it was worth watching.

OmegaX2000
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Can you talk about the MTV series Good Vibes and Daria? On a side note, I mention this all before, why do you review a classic horror like this one I’ve finally found after all these years after just seeing a few scenes of it and never knowing how it ended. It’s called Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. You might like it. Maybe. Also what do think of these TV series shows called: John Doe Forever Knight The Misfits (British Show) Misfits of Science (Movie and series) and The Zeta Project (I think some of these shows are like… Read more »
OmegaX2000
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And just so you wonder I never knew about comics until the Turtles Forever uncut movie came out. I only watch the cartoon series. Most of the toys of Ninja Turtles I bought were used from garage sales and flea markets. Only 1 turtle toy I bought and that was a samurai instant changing ninja turtle. The No. 1 thing I love about the Turtles was the TV series that started in 1987. That series was the true Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Let that series live on in our hearts forever!!!!!

weldo8
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I have been waiting years for another critic and nerd… IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!

RockmanX3
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Best NC review this year so far. It’s awesome seeing AVGN back since for me and many others, it was the feud between the Nerd and Critic that brought me here. Loved all the green screen skits with the first TMNT game and Tamara as April. Although I would have liked to see far more of Malcolm Shredder and the video should have ended with a funny final battle between AVGN, NC, and The Shredder (imagine Malcolm Shredder de-mutating AVGN and NC into babies, lol!) Also loved the cameos from Film Brain, Brentalfloss, Battle Geek Plus, Yomarz, Some Jerk, The… Read more »
SpeedyEric
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The most critical of people hate something only because it has Michael Bay’s name on it. It’s getting annoying and repetative.

RockmanX3
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Yeah, when this movie was being released, I kept seeing terms like “Bay Turtles” and “baytmnt” being thrown around.

SpeedyEric
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Yeah, and also don’t like the term “Bayformers,” because it sounds disrespectful, and the Transformeralso had a lot of incarnations as TMNT, Batman, Superman, and so on. I like both this film and the Transformers films, and I will still go and see them regardless of Michael Bay’s involvment, because I know I will have a fun time seeing those movies and later own them on DVD and Blu-ray.

I don’t hate Michael Bay, because I have no reason to hate him. I mostly hate on the people who spread hate like a virus, like Fox News for example.

RockmanX3
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Bay’s *nowhere* near as bad as Uwe Boll, but Bay puts out more movies, so he’s in the crosshairs more.

Rezro
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“Yeah, and also don’t like the term “Bayformers,” because it sounds disrespectful”

Then it describe correctly what Bay movies are.. disrespectful to fans and franchise. Didn’t you miss the point here? TMNT isn’t as that horrible as Bayformers (because Bay didn’t make it, just produce it), but still it isn’t good and respectful movie. Just mediocre action-flick ad best, and I protected this movie many times before someone call me hater.

RobbyB
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Bay may have only been attached as producer, but his fingerprints and Bay-isms were alllll over the film, is the thing.

SpeedyEric
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Bay also co-produced The Purge, but I didn’t see any of his markings in that POS film.

Rezro
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Purge isn’t s*it? You surprised my now!

Childish nerd
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I am surprised at how fair this review is. It points out the good parts of the movie as well as the bad parts of the franchise. It still arrives at the conclusion we all knew was coming, but it does so in a tasteful manner.

THE CINEMATIC MIND
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A masterpiece. Seriously. One of the best videos on the entire internet. A lesson is learn here even if a modern addition to a franchise is awful and will never be as good as the previous installments. It could be way, way, way worse. This video completely understands the history of the franchise and makes fun of it at the same time. Thank you. Thank you and respect! Sadly, there are sequels to this. 🙁

Moviemantweeter1999
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Love the cameos by brentalfloss,film brain,battle geek plus,tyger(his went by real quick,some jerk with a camera(and his team jerk members in with him in the video),Yomarz,last angry geek,Dtoons’s Doggy(too bad Conroy wasn’t there I love that guy),the guy from rocked reviews (I forget his name),the Dom,Bargain Boy,Lotus Prince(who seems pretty normal and calm and his videos but I’m glad he can be silly once in a while),Tom White,Michael C. Park,Terrence Dellinger,And Justin and Hailey Barnes. I loved this review and thought it was better then the the blockbuster buster cross over(which still was pretty awesome in itself). I like that… Read more »
RockmanX3
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I think Rocked Reviews is Luke Spencer in the credits.

I’d also like to know the Foot Clan members too. I know I’ve seen them somewhere before.

Rocketboy1313
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How about instead of him being the Shedder, and instead of the Shedder being a nobody…

How about we just do not have Shedder in the movie?

Just change the character’s name to Baxter Stockman, have him use a generic robot suit to fight and then have the movie end with him getting covered in ooze and transform into a fly monster. Then you have a set up for a sequel and you do not invite comparisons to the older movies.

Dethhollow
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I was with you up until you said Fly Monster. I enjoyed him becoming a mutant for the 2012 series, but it just doesn’t feel like a good setup for the second film. Personally, I would have the first film be Baxter Stockman as an introduction to the world and how crazy it can be. Then for the second film, I’d bring out the Shredder because we’ve established a routine in the first film and compared to Stockman’s mousers, modern ninjas is a lot more believable. I’d end the second film with the Shredder seeming to be defeated but in… Read more »
Rocketboy1313
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Honestly I said fly monster because that is what he was in the 80-90’s cartoon. He could have been a cyborg, an Utrom, or just some rich asshole. But the point is: they really do not need Shedder. Going with the most known character in the first movie is distracting. “Star Trek” 2009 kept the focus on the heroes by making a new (but boring) bad guy in Nero. “Guardians of the Galaxy” made Ronan boring to focus on the heroes. “Thor the Dark World” had a boring bad guy to focus on the Thor/Loki dynamic. “TMNT” needed the same… Read more »
Finister2
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Looks like Tamara’s getting ready for the 50 Shades review.

SpeedyEric
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God, I hope Doug will get to reviewing that garbage, because it would make up on all the negative he gave to this film which I actually like.

Brehmstorm
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Seriously though, she looks good as April. Way better than Megan Fox.

Browncoat
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Hmmm…the last time I saw a review this good I was inspired to recommend Darkwing Duck to my kid sister. She now owns the complete series on DVD. You can guess which review that was. You can also guess how much my kid sister loves me. I love NC reviews for many reasons, but the Big Reason why I keep watching is every once in a while there comes a review so nostalgic it brings tears to my eyes and makes me want to race to the closet and pull out all the stuff I couldn’t bring myself to throw… Read more »
Lordsjaak
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one nickpicking point of the review….why did you not ending like the turtle style that shall awesome 😀

SpeedyEric
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Because they wanted to get back to the already overrated point that they believe everything with Michael Bay’s name on it sucks. People are giving too much hate on the guy, and he didn’t ever direct this fun movie.

Jaeger976
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Sure he didn’t direct it, but he was the producer, and the movie is FILLED with his bullshit tropes.

DevMo
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“He was the producer… That’s the same thing as a director, right?”

Cryos
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I do admit, most of what we love as kids was meant to sell us toys, and it’s still true today. The only rason we care so much more is that… well the 80s and 90s kids were the first generation to really be marketed to taht way at least directly. Yes there were commercial tie ins a lot before but television didn’t really exist until the 50s and it wasn’t until Star Wars in the 70s that merchandising became so big, add to that the regulations about not making tv shows that sold toys prior to the 80s (look… Read more »
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