Granted, it’s still early, but with seven reviews in at Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like “The Smurfs” didn’t exceed anyone expectations. If anything, it seems like they didn’t even meet the low expectations people had in the first place. The film is currently at a 0% rating.
Most of the critics seem to be saying that the film uses gimmicks and plot devices from films like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (which is very apparent even from the trailers), “Garfield,” “Hop,” and others. They are also saying that the film is unoriginal and practically torture for adults (which is ironic, seeing how adults are the ones that actually grew up with the Smurfs). One reviewer, MaryAnn Johanson for Flick Filosopher, said this about the film, “[I]ncontinence — as the result of either as-yet untrained bowels or a terrible adult affliction — is presumed to be a major concern for the viewer here.”
I’ve never been a huge fan of the cartoon anyway, so I’m not really bent out of shape with the film being rated at 0%. Maybe someone will have mercy on it, though.
The film, stars Jonathan Winters (if you don’t recognize his comedy, you might recognize the cartoon version of himself he played on an episode of the ’70s show “The New Scooby Doo Movies”) Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, Tim Gunn, Jayma Mays, Paul Reubens, Sofía Vergara, Kenan Thompson, Anton Yelchin, Jeff Foxworthy, John Oliver, Wolfgang Puck, Gary Basaraba, B.J. Novak, John Kassir, Tom Kane, Joel McCrary and Frank Welker, and you just might wonder how they got so many big names in a film about Smurfs.