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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  1. YES! Heroes in glasses—CRITIC POWER!


  3. At last, it is here.

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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 special model of mass-produced Kraangdroids.(END SPOILERS) Doug, please check out the current Turtles. You won’t regret it

    • SomeJerkWithACamera

      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!

  7. 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.

    • 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.

    • And what about the elevator scene?

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

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. Wait was totaly worth it.

  11. SailorRustyBacon

    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.


    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.

  13. Legit tho can you do turtle vlogs?

  14. So there are two cons cumming up in April?

  15. “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.

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

    • 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.

  16. 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

    • 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.”

  17. 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.

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

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

  20. 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.

    • 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 Sonic the Hedgehog a.k.a. Sonic Sat a.m. They all have incomplete ending.)

      P.S. Is there anyway you can review the Japanese versions of Ironman, Wolverine, X-men and Blade? I’d also really like to hear what you think about the FX series Archer and Chozen.

      P.S.S. And I never found out if you were going talk more about the Disney Afternoon shows Gummi Bears, Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Talespin(even the hour uncut movie special I found about it) and Darkwing Duck. Also you never answer my question, If you hate the Goof Troop song: “Gotta Be Gettin’ Goofy” then does that mean you hate The Darkwing Duck Rap? watch?v=aT33uhX4P7I watch?v=AtrqJm9UBII watch?v=xHeQpFNhnzc watch?v=44diDIvz8mo watch?v=cjjUv4p9yTM

    • 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!!!!!

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

  22. 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 Dom, Tyger, Shark Jumping, Last Angry Geek, Toons these Days, Rocked Reviews, Bargain Boy, Heisanevilgenius, and Lotus Prince. (I plugged them all so go check them all out!) Seeing those cameos made me remember what I love about CA, and that’s the fun crossovers showing other talent which we’ve been missing since there was no anniversary special last year.

    I didn’t really hate this film and went in with low expectations and got exactly that. In comparison to TMNT 3, The Next Mutation, and Seasons 6 and 7 of the 2003
    Series (Fast Forward and Back to the Sewer), this movie is not *that* bad. A lot of people give this movie flack because it was PRODUCED by Micheal Bay, but NOT directed by him. I don’t claim to know how the film industry works in the slightest on whether the producer or director has more say, but it’s quite apparent that the lukewarm reception of the movie was most likely due to Bay NOT directing. If he did direct, then we’d have 100x more explosions, far less character development than we already have and more shots of Megan Fox’s boobs.

    Anyways, excellent review Doug and James. I can’t wait for you guys to review the upcoming sequel which is filming as we speak 🙂

    • The most critical of people hate something only because it has Michael Bay’s name on it. It’s getting annoying and repetative.

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

        • 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.

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

          • “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.

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

  23. 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.


    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. 🙁

  25. Moviemantweeter1999

    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 you credited all the channel awesome producers on this one hopefully there videos will get more comments on them(especially rocked reviews). But what were the people who played the foot clans internet show’s called because I would like to check out some of those I know there names but what are the names of there internet shows. I loved that you made a message at the end it made me cry. Great one and I hope you do more crossovers sometime in the future.

  26. 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.

    • 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 a way that he could come back. Then, for the third film, I’d up the stakes by introducing Krang/ The Krang and doing stuff with Dimension X which means Stockman could be involved at any point to fit with the more sci-fi theme in some way and Shredder might or might not appear.

      If the series was greenlit for a fourth movie, that’s when I’d go all out. Shredder’s a Krang Robot, introduce the multiverse, the samurai rabbit shows up, Casey Jones, April’s part Krang, I’d just throw EVERYTHING in for the sake of it! Screw realism, this is the fourth turtles movie, I’d have earned the right to go nuts wit the series, lol!

      • 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 treatment.

  27. Looks like Tamara’s getting ready for the 50 Shades review.

  28. 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 away after I grew up.

    Thanks, guys. Your work is appreciated.

  29. one nickpicking point of the review….why did you not ending like the turtle style that shall awesome 😀

  30. 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 it up I’m no clear on the details) and yeah, the 80s and 90s children were the first generation to really be given cartoons as commercials… that doesn’t mean that some were worse than others. TMNT and Transformerms, despite their tie ins, still managed enough heart on their own to become entrenched enough in the mindset to produce later series that managed to work withotu being just a toy tie in, others… not so much and sometimes the toy tie ins can derail the show. Please don’t cite examples I don’t care to start a discussion on… anything like that.

    But back to my point, the reason we’re so up on the “commercial tie in problem” now is that we, as adults, are aware of exactly what we were subjected to and now can’t help but be a little ashamed of falling for it, lord knows I have a bunch of transformer toys that I binged on due to fandom, and because the internet let’s us make our voices heard more prominently than before.

    All that being said, don’t you think it’s amazing that even though the old transformers movie was just to kill off Optimus and a bunch of other old school transformers to get us to buy new ones it still generated outcry from parents and kids BEFORE THE INTERNET that hasbro actually brought Optimus Prime back after one season? Kinda amazing isn’t it.

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