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The Super Mario Bros. Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
November 10, 2015
Dated, quirky adaptation of video game has some violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 30, 2013
There are none of the game's hidden pleasures, such as booby traps or treasure caches, and the casting is peculiar.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2013
Scenery rushes by, noise blares, characters pop up wearing new costumes that they couldn't possibly have had time to change into as they eluded their adversaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mary Flannery
Philadelphia Daily News
May 30, 2013
Even moviegoers who don't own Nintendo (if any such species exists) will thoroughly enjoy these superheroes. And chances are, this is only the beginning of their film exploits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 30, 2013
Devotees of the game may derive some pleasure from seeing its obstacles given quasi-flesh and set in motion, but that inert pleasure soon pales in a torrent of none-too-special effects, confusing story line and characters without personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2013
Ultimately, it's one more stop in the arcade, beckoning, waiting to soak up time and money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 30, 2013
Unfortunately, the highlights are sporadic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 30, 2013
Bizarre, replete in often stunning special effects and verrrry strange from the outset, Super Mario Bros. is curiously entertaining, even though it often makes little sense.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 7, 2011
Bombs explode, cars careen and crash, people leap from dimension to dimension in this blaring, glaring picture. Kids might get a charge out of the mayhem. I got the vapors.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 30, 2010
As the ad campaign helpfully pointed out, "this ain't no game, it's a live-action thrill ride." Half-true: it is surely not a game, for it is typically held that games are pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 7, 2010
Game over, man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 7, 2010
Despite eye-catching sets and smart casting, this first feature-length film to be adapted from a video game is a bloated muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lawrence Cohn
March 26, 2009
Wildly overproduced and derivative.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It will baffle kids, bore adolescents, and depress adults.
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
While it isn't as bad as it was initially built up to be, it is an early example of why videogames don't make good movies.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 27, 2003
Super Mario Bros. is about as playful and challenging as an unplugged pinball machine.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This film's two directors and three screenwriters have clearly tried hard to breathe life into their nonstory, to the point where the film's intensity seems more crazy than cynical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
February 6, 2003
They should have used cheat codes to make this a winner.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
As everyone knows, arcade-style diversions are not known for strong, original narratives or well-developed characters. In that sense, this film is worthy of its inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie is the trailer, shown over and over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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