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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

3 MORE Great REVIEWS for "Muppets Most Wanted"

The Village Voice

Muppets Most Wanted is a Great Caper

In 2011, the movie franchise was rebooted with The Muppets, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and our furry, felted friends. On the patented Acme™ Silliness Scale, which peaks at 11.5, The Muppets was about an 8. But the new Muppets Most Wanted, in which an evil Kermit look-alike named Constantine escapes from a Siberian prison to wreak havoc, registers closer to a 9.5. In other words, it's better.  - Stephanie Zacharek

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The Oregonian

B-   or  *** out of 4 stars

Steve Whitmire (Kermit) and Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy, Fozzie) will always operate in the shadow of Henson and Frank Oz, but they've also been voicing those characters and many others long enough to have established them as their own.
It might not be long before the same can be said of Bobin and Stoller. They've resuscitated a beloved franchise, and now they've made a decent enough follow-up. If Quentin Tarantino cameos and animated infantilism can be avoided, the Muppets could be in good hands for years to come. - Marc Mohan

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*** 1/2 out of 5 stars

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ is a Fine Felt-Franchise Follow-Up

If “The Muppets” was wistful — including its portrait of a Kermit who’s part Citizen Kane and part Carson post-retirement — it was so by design; getting the band back together was a fine enough plot. But “Most Wanted” has no such obligation to the past and neither ignores it nor wallows in it; it’s just another fun time with the gang, even if the scope and scale mean that some favorites (Pepe the Prawn, Lew Zeland) get short shrift. With a number of returning craftspeople — from cinematographer Don Burgess to editor James Thomas, costume designer Rahel Afiley to composer Christophe Beck — “Most Wanted” continues the new-school adventures of the Muppets with good humor, good intentions and strong filmmaking, and hopefully won’t be the last time we see this iteration of these characters on the big-screen. - James Rocchi

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