A magic portal transports the Smurfs to Manhattan, where they must somehow find a way back to their village before the evil wizard, Gargamel, tracks them down.
" "The Smurfs" has brains, heart and style, which will endear it to adults as well as young viewers. "
" A better movie than anyone could have possibly expected, thanks in large part to an honest effort by Harris in a thankless role. "
" Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it's a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart. "
" Kids are sure to find it smurf-errific, smurf-ilicious or just plain smurfy. Adults will happily settle for smurf-ectly inoffensive. "
" On a hot summer day, "The Smurfs" is a decent enough excuse to haul the little ones into an air-conditioned theater. "
" 'The Smurfs" is a lot like the characters' theme song: sweet, repetitive and grating. "
" [A] relentlessly witless and cynical children's movie packed with potty jokes, product plugs and double-entendres along the lines of "What the Smurf?" "
" Director Raja Gosnell also made "Scooby-Doo" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." At least for families, this is a bit smurfing better than those. "
" Does for children's entertainment what lead paint does for children's toys. "
" Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has proved he can save just about any sinking ship (see prime-time awards shows such as the Emmys or Tonys), cannot make this boat float. "
" Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama. "
" I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy. "
" In all, the worst parts of "The Smurfs'' can probably be summed up in two words: Smurf rap. "
" It's raw and mean-spirited, with too many of the Smurf word substitutions more naughty than nice ("Who Smurfed?" or "Where the Smurf are we?"). That's Smurfed up. "
" Smurfs are the Barneys of the fantasy world. "
" That two sequels have been announced is terrifying. "
" The Smurfs ends up being just below average, it won't give you nightmares, and small ones might dig it. "
" The Smurfs mostly takes place in a grown-up world of cosmetics advertising and expectant parents. Without a child character to interpret and join the action, it's a pretty dull way to introduce young viewers to the new blue crew. "
" There are a handful of genuinely sweet scenes in Smurfs promptly undone by adult actors and filmmakers, who must believe that the little blue troublemakers couldn't maintain a film on their own. "
" To play The Smurfs Drinking Game you will need: Two 500cl bottles of Blue Bols (per player), one white sleeping cap, ample powder-blue face paint and too much spare time. "
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