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All the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies ranked from worst to best

With one of two new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the films having a new release date, there’s no better time to look back at the six films in the franchise so far!

the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The franchise began life as an underground comic in 1984, but quickly became a pop culture phenomenon, and in 1987 it received its own children’s comic treatment.

32 years later, and the heroes in half-hull hasn’t yet taken a career break, with six movies and decades of graphic novels, video games and animated shows (and even a weird live-action show ) under his belt.

But there are also two new films on the horizon, so starting with the original film in 1990, here are all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, ranked from worst to best.

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6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

The third film in the original series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, leave a parcel to be desired. This time, the Turtles abandon New York for feudal Japan when they encounter a time-traveling artifact.

But it’s not the concept that’s the problem – it’s the shocking change in the quality of the Turtles’ costumes, as well as the film’s overly comedic tone (which really started with the 1993 sequel, The secret of slime).

If you like your half-shell heroes dripping with cheese, you’ll probably find some fun in this film. After all, like Batman, the Turtles work in more ways than one, whether it’s a bit serious or incredibly cheesy.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Slime (1991)

If you’re a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you may have convinced yourself that, at least when you were a kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Slime, was the best thing since sliced ​​pizza.

Unfortunately, this is not the case, as the test of time has proven. But is there any more nostalgic fun to be had with this sequel, whose anchovies include Vanilla Ice rapping the now-immortalized “Go, Ninja, Go!”? Yes of course!

The secret of slime suffered when parents complained about the “violence” on the animated show. But even if Michelangelo’s nunchakus hadn’t been replaced by sausages, would it really have tasted so good?!

4. TMNT (2007)

There was a time when the 2007 CG animated film TMNT would have ranked much higher than fourth place, but over time his flaws made themselves known, despite still being one of the strongest entries.

First of all, TMNT is a beautiful film, and seeing the Turtles in CG for the first time was a real treat (strangely, it’s hard to imagine them in any other format these days).

The fight between Leonardo and Raphael is by far the best moment in the movie, but unfortunately the plot is flatter than a thin-crust pizza, and the movie’s villains are some of the worst in the entire franchise so far.

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3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

We get it – you’ve probably started choking on your pizza! But despite the whirlwind of controversy, the film produced by Michael Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot suffered before hitting theaters, it’s really not that bad!

Of course, the so-called plot is bad enough, and don’t get us started on the Shredder debacle (William Fitchner was originally Shredder, but a “new” Shredder has been introduced, and the reshoots are painfully obvious).

But if you are looking for an action packed game turtles film whose main stars are particularly noteworthy (although their new looks are a very hard thing to get used to), you’ll find something to enjoy here.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Are you choking on that slice of pizza again or did it hit the computer screen? Yes, see the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the non-first-place film might be a bit controversial, as it’s unanimously considered a fan favorite.

But that said, the passage of time hasn’t been so kind, because it’s kind of cheesy. The costumes, however, are stunning, and we don’t think many fans would complain about seeing them back on the big screen.

And the film made our second spot for a reason, which is the same reason it became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, at least until The Blair Witch Project took this title in 1999 – it’s great.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: From the Shadows (2016)

Maybe not as controversial as one might think, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: From the Shadows, the one and only follow-up to the 2014 reboot, is generally considered a big improvement over its predecessor.

You might say it’s not that hard to accomplish, but Out of the shadows is, at least to the delight of fans, the best movie in the entire franchise so far. And if you’re a fan of the original 80s cartoon, you’ll know why.

Although it’s a sequel, the film carries over some elements from the 2014 installment and is essentially a live-action adaptation of your favorite childhood cartoon. What more could one ask for Ninja Turtles movie?!

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