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"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About… Video-Game Movies (With Special Guest Xavier Woods)

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Can you believe the first ever video-game adaptation to get a Fresh score on the Tomatometer was released just two years ago? And can you believe that that movie – Pokémon Detective Pikachu – is, today, still just one of three video-game movies to ever score a Fresh rating? (It was eventually joined by The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.)

And, finally, can you believe that all this means that the 41 other video game movies that have released in theaters over the decades are all Rotten, ranging in score from 52% (2018’s rebooted Tomb Raider) to 1% (Alone In the Dark)?

Well, you probably can believe all that – such is the reputation of video-game adaptations.


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These movies, which ballooned in popularity in the early and mid-’90s with the release of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat (the latter of which sits at a respectable 44% on the Tomatometer) have a reputation for being critical punching bags, slapped around for rushed dialogue, low-grade special effects, and an inability to capture the spirit of the games that inspired them. But are they all so bad? And is our definitive ranking of every video-game movie ever released – which places the The Angry Birds Movie 2 at number one – “right”?

Xavier Woods

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Article source: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/rotten-tomatoes-is-wrong-about-video-game-movies/

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