Turbo 2013

Critics score:
67 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture: Turbo won't set the world of animation on fire, but it's a fun movie. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: The movie seems to understand its own near-abject ridiculousness ... without getting overly nudge-nudge wink-wink ... Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Even in the absence of originality, there is fun to be had, thanks to some loopy, clever jokes (the script is by Darren Lemke, Robert Siegel and David Soren, who directed) and a lively celebrity voice cast ... Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Has some appealing characters, a few laughs and then devolves into a predictable Tortoise and the Hare spinoff. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Ultimately, "Turbo" nicely lives up to its diminutive hero's credo of, "No dream is too big, and no dreamer too small" - a pleasant thought, for people of all sizes. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: Co-writer/director David Soren's story offers little that even the average 6-year-old couldn't imagine, though the film's considerable charm comes through via its characters and sense of humor. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: For all its chronic familiarity, the movie has its minor pleasures, many of them visual. Though at this point it's basically a given that a new studio-animated movie will look good, Turbo often looks downright exceptional. Read more

Arizona Republic: There's certainly no harm in seeing "Turbo." Competent, pretty funny in places, awfully nice to look at, that sort of thing. Read more

Tom Russo, Boston Globe: DreamWorks' 3-D confection ... featuring Ryan Reynolds as a garden-trolling slowpoke who dreams of Indianapolis 500 glory. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: While there's no denying that the film is a harmless, wholesome, and heart-warming ride crafted with polish and skill, it's also so predictable that you'll see every twist in the story driving down Fifth Avenue. Read more

Laremy Legel, Film.com: An easy recommendation, well-considered and well-executed, a treat for anyone who likes comedy or ambitious takes on make-believe worlds. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: An attractively designed but narratively challenged, one-note film. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: Honestly, they pretty much had me at "racing snails." Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: "Turbo" has just enough heart to make it to the winner's circle. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: A sort-of escargot-meets-"Cars" adventure, it has some sharp vocal turns and remains fun even when its inventiveness runs out of gas. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: A fresh, fast and funny little fable about a freakishly fast garden snail who tries to enter the Indy 500. Read more

Michael Sragow, Orange County Register: [An] energetic, funny cartoon about a plucky garden snail. Read more

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer: Let's face it: Kids aren't a very demanding audience. If there's color, movement, and a high quotient of silliness, they're happy. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: After the originality of the hero, the filmmakers borrow too heavily from other movies; the similarities to "Ratatouille" and "Cars" are almost distracting. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Turbo" isn't a perfect cartoon, but it's so likable that, like its humble hero, you have to root for it. Read more

Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times: Great voice talent in a story that puts the "go" in escargot. Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: Turbo's colourful trek to product placement-littered Indianapolis is as rote as it gets, but little viewers won't care about predictability. Read more

Anna Smith, Time Out: Kids should be game for the ride, and the colourful characters offer humour and poignancy. Read more

David Fear, Time Out: All Turbo does is give Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg the easiest paychecks they'll ever make, and its corporate overlords the chance to sell a few toys. Read more

Nick Schager, Village Voice: Content to be merely cheerfully cliched, it's an assembly-line kids' film that, unlike its daring protagonist, risks little, and thus reaps only modest rewards. Read more

Jen Chaney, Washington Post: A derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that's peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety. Read more