The Super Mario Bros.
The Super Mario Bros. (1990)

The huge success of the video games featuring animated Italian plumbers the Mario Brothers led to this $42 million live action movie. The two brothers (Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo) live in Manhattan and are chasing Princess Daisy… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 3, 2003
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16%
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29%


Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite flashy sets and special effects, Super Mario Bros. is too light on story and substance to be anything more than a novelty.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Lawrence Cohn
Variety

Wildly overproduced and derivative.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Ultimately, it's one more stop in the arcade, beckoning, waiting to soak up time and money.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

It will baffle kids, bore adolescents, and depress adults.

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Mary Flannery
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Unfortunately, the highlights are sporadic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
So bad I have not enough words to describe it. I can nitpick as a fan of the video game how this live action version fails and I can tear it apart as a film… More
Alex roy
One of the first awful video game to screen adaptation. This adaptation of the popular video game franchise, Super Mario Bros. To say that this film is trash is… More
Phil Hubbs
So could this be one of the worst films ever made?? yep we have a contender. Huge on hype and anticipation but hugely sole destroying upon release. Its hard to… More
Christopher Heim
How did we get this out of a simple video game about an italian plumber who has to fight monsters in order to save the princess. It really shouldn't have… More
Joshua Wilburn
Oh god this film... This film was every one of these actor's low points in their carrer's. From the second I was told there was a Super Mario… More
Jim Careter
Super Mario Bros is a terrible movie, it was one of the worst f#cking things that I have ever had to experience. The plot is so god awful and boring and ruined… More

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