Round Up: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Reviews Not Universally Kind

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Sonic The Hedgehog Movie© Paramount

the Sonic the hedgehog The film finally hits theaters around the world tomorrow, but that doesn't seem like the best way to spend an hour and 40 minutes of your time for Valentine's Day. Critics are starting to pour in on the Internet, and you'd better watch the paint dry next to a date rather than spending your hard-earned money on game adaptation. Some critics have given it a shine, but with a Metacritic rating of 45, it is certainly not the best film in the world. Here is a sample of verdicts to whet your appetite.

IGN - 7/10

While this family action comedy suffers from a simplistic story and relies too much on tired visual clichés, Sonic the Hedgehog is nonetheless spurred on by solid performances by Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. Their current cat and mouse game is entertaining, and passionate fans of the Sega franchise should appreciate all the nods to Sonic's story. Make no mistake, this fast-paced film is made above all for Sonic fans. If you've been there for the little blue guy for the past 29 years, from his humble beginnings on the Sega Genesis to his current iteration, then Sonic the Hedgehog is the love letter you're probably looking for. Otherwise ... maybe keep your gold rings.

Ending with a pair of middle-of-the-road scenes that don't tease a sequel as much as they outright confirm their intentions to make one, this is a movie that should have hardcore fans looping. It remains to be seen if Sonic has the box office mileage to do so, but based on this better-than-expected first installment, new fast times wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

Absolutely, Sonic the hedgehog is a pretty mediocre family adventure film, but an adaptation comparable to a video game offers a lot of potential for a stronger and more ambitious sequel. I hope Sonic the hedgehog will have the chance to explore their world and take more risks in a follow-up.

A fit Jim Carrey can't help Sonic's live debut from feeling like a missed opportunity. If the teased sequels materialize, let's hope the story grows stronger.

Indeed, in addition to the product placement, the main objective of the film seems to be to deliver the nostalgia of the 90s. To this end, Jim Carrey gives his most dynamic performance, similar to "Ace Ventura" for years as a villain connoisseur, Dr. Robotnik. Only its physical and verbal contortions ("I spit formulas while you spit formulas") give the film an impression from a distance.

The filmmakers seem to harbor a naive belief that punters will pay money to watch a comedy about a friendly bond between a cop and a forest creature who crumbles wisely while crossing uninteresting landscapes. For most of its duration, Sonic could work from script to film Woody Woodpecker which you fall prey to.

Sonic the hedgehog could have gone from a good to a great film not by bringing Sonic into the human world, but by bringing the audience into his. Maybe we should just be thankful that the film is at all watchable. Sonic success depends on how nice the character is, and the redesigned Sonic is easy to like.


Are you still going to give Sonic the Hedgehog a chance? Do you plan to see him tomorrow or during his opening weekend? Access the comments below.

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