The Super Mario Bros.
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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 (Samantha Mathis), who wears a necklace made from a meteor fragment. Its powers can free a race of reptilian creatures from the city's sewers. The villainous ruler of the creatures, who are descendants of dinosaurs, is King Koopa (Dennis Hopper). Koopa has kidnapped Daisy and taken her to the underworld of Dinohattan, which is rat-infested and strewn with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

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"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Wildly overproduced and derivative."
‑ Lawrence Cohn, Variety
"There are none of the game's hidden pleasures, such as booby traps or treasure caches, and the casting is peculiar."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"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."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Game over, man."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Ultimately, it's one more stop in the arcade, beckoning, waiting to soak up time and money."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"It will baffle kids, bore adolescents, and depress adults."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"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."
‑ Mary Flannery, Philadelphia Daily News
"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."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Despite eye-catching sets and smart casting, this first feature-length film to be adapted from a video game is a bloated muddle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Unfortunately, the highlights are sporadic."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle 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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
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