Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson/Vulture This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated to include recent releases, including this month's Sonic the Hedgehog . Here's the thing: If you see a movie based on a video game and expect it to be objectively good, then you're the only one to blame for your disappointment. It's like playing a carnival game called "Face Punches" and demanding your money back because you got punched in the face. In the 27 years since the release of the first video-game movie, Super Mario Bros. , there has never been, critically speaking, a good entry in the genre — until now! The Sega game turned big-screen action movie Sonic the Hedgehog has edged out a positive critical consensus and even reintroduced the singular physical comedy stylings of Jim Carrey after a long Serious Film hiatus. But let's be real, B-movie status is typically the absolute ceiling on these kinds of products, and it's clearly time to stop judging video-game movies the way we judge other movies, and instead start weighing them exclusively against their peers. Street Fighter is always going to suffer in comparison to, say, Die Hard , but if you look at… Read full this story
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