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Do video game movies have to be bad?

In 1993, the live-action adaptation “Super Mario Bros.” appeared in theaters and promptly became regarded as a very, very bad film. Arguably one of the worst, in fact. This set the tone for a subsequent 26-year history of despair for video game fans hoping for any critically successful live-action adaptations of video game properties. Whether it’s “Max Payne,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” or “Resident Evil: Retribution,” most of these movies just wind up becoming embarrassments for everyone involved.

But it is now 2019 and “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” is here to save the day. The massive video game, card game, and television franchise is the first to break into the certified fresh ranks on Rotten Tomatoes, boasting a modest, but top-ranked, 64% when it comes to video game adaptations with over 20 reviews on the platform. The film, based on the Pokémon franchise as a whole and 2016 game

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