The Super Mario Bros. Movie arrives in United States theaters on Wednesday, April 5. Hours ahead of its release, the review embargo has lifted and it's not good.
According to the reviews, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a short and faithful film with an excellent musical score and is a lot of fun to watch, but it lacks any character depth or a standout story. But, none of the reviews actually say that it's a bad film, which is a good thing.
However, people who tend to read critic reviews or at least base their viewing habits on the average score might have something to say about it with their wallets.
Here's a round-up of the notable reviews of The Super Mario Bros. Movie:
- Chicago Sun-Times - 3/4
- Arizona Republic - 3.5/5
- Associated Press - 2.5/4
- The Age - 2.5/5
- Los Angeles Times - 2/4
- ScreenCrush - 4/10
- Slant Magazine - 1.5/4
Mashable's Kristy Puchko said it best when she described The Super Mario Bros. Movie as "one long commercial," saying that the film made her want to play Mario but it also lacked any replay value.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie wasn't bad at all. The vibrant visuals stood out to most critics and it was fun from the start. It's surprising that critics either didn't care for Chris Pratt as Mario or had positive things to say about his voice work. Considering the backlash he's gotten in the past few months, this is as good as it gets. But, in the end, it feels like The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a film for fans.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you weren't a fan of Mario before, don't expect the animated take to convert you.
If you're a Mario fan and you want to see Nintendo explore its cache of properties going forward, then vote for your wallet. As cliche as it may sound, the more people who watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie in theaters, the more we'll see of the Nintendo properties on the big screen. Who knows? Once there are enough movies made out of first-party Nintendo titles, the world's oldest gaming company could make a Super Smash Bros. film.
It's a long shot, but nobody really expected The Super Mario Bros. Movie to happen after the tragic live-action adaptation in the 90s, and yet, here we are.