There are many movies inspired by video games out there and a lot of them have not been well-received by critics.
A few video-game films have been praised by critics, including “Rampage” (2018), “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (2019), “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020), and “Detective Pikachu” (2019).
On the other hand, critics panned movies like “Street Fighter” (1994) and “Assassin’s Creed” (2016).
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Video-game film adaptations have long been derided by critics for being too noisy, violent, or nonsensical, but in the past few decades, a select number of films have set themselves apart from the rest.
Here are some popular movies based on video games, ranked by critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s worth noting that the critic scores were up to date as of publication but are subject to change.
Many were dumbfounded by the lackluster “Street Fighter” (1994).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%
Summary: The Capcom arcade fighting game is brought to life in this action-packed adaptation starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, and Ming-Na Wen.
The film follows a military commander (Van Damme) as he takes a fight against a malevolent dictator into his own hands.
“While de Souza’s arrested development makes him a likely suspect to adapt a video game for movies, the result … is an empty exercise in hyper-stimulation,” wrote film critic Jeff Shannon for the Seattle Times. “Or, to put it bluntly, a complete waste of time.”
Some critics said that “Assassin’s Creed” (2016) suffered from an overstuffed plot.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%
Summary: Based on the Ubisoft video-game franchise, “Assassin’s Creed” stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, a man who is able to access his genetic memories in order to usurp a secret guild of assassins that still exists today.
“‘Assassin’s Creed’ is not the top-to-bottom disaster some of my peers have painted it as, nor is it bonkers enough to suggest a forthcoming critical re-evaluation,” wrote film critic Scott Wampler for Birth, Movies, Death. “Either of those things would’ve been preferable to something this dour and repetitive.”
Some reviewers felt that “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001) was an incoherent mess.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%
Summary: Based on the Sega and PlayStation game of the same name, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” follows the titular heroine (Angelina Jolie) as she recovers lost artifacts and goes head to head with sinister members of the Illuminati.
In his Rolling Stone review, Peter Travers wrote: “In the department of numbing ineptitude, the pacing runs a neck-and-neck race with the dialogue.”
Some critics said “Need for Speed” (2014) was stale and slow-moving.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%
Summary: Adapted from the popular Electronic Arts racing game, “Need for Speed” stars Aaron Paul as a working-class mechanic who must race for his life when a NASCAR driver falsely accuses him of manslaughter.
“Neither fast nor furious, ‘Need For Speed’ isn’t a car crash,” wrote film reviewer Christopher Preston for One Room With A View. “It’s a $66 million pile-up, with no survivors.”
Some critics said the schmaltz-filled “Super Mario Bros” (1993) lacked substance.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%
Summary: Loosely based …read more
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