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Smurfs, The (U)

Animation, Comedy, Family

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours.

The critical consensus

Spools along without drama with enough noise and neon to distract under eights for an hour and a half.

**(*)(*)(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 24/07/2011

Diverting and weird, but harmless.

***(*)(*)Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 29/07/2011

The blend of animation and live-action isn't bad and the story moves at a reasonable crack that should just about keep the under-10s happy.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 05/08/2011

Cue a lame mix of toilet humour, age inappropriate references and shameless product placement that removes any cuteness.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The Herald, 11/08/2011

The opening voiceover says that the Smurfs come from a place that "knows no sadness". I don't know about that. I felt like plunging a razor into my tensely exposed wrist from the very first minutes.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/08/2011

The Smurfs might be OK if it weren’t for the annoying little blue people.

**(*)(*)(*)The Telegraph, 11/08/2011

Youngsters will be over a blue moon with this appealing slapstick tale of the popular Smurfs.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 11/08/2011

Almost as annoying as Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 13/08/2011

Easily pleased children and fans of the Teletubbies will enjoy it.

Philip French, The Observer, 14/08/2011

Smurfs, The (U)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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