Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
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"OH, GIVE ME A BIG! FAT! BREAK!" - Dr. Robotnik
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Action
Adventure
Comedy
Directed By: Jeff Fowler
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz
Toby Ascher
Toru Nakahara
Takeshi Ito
Written By: Patrick Casey
Josh Miller
Based On: Sonic the Hedgehog
by Sega
Starring: Ben Schwartz
James Marsden
Tika Sumpter
Jim Carrey
Adam Pally
Neal McDonough
Lee Majdoub
Cinematography: Stephen F. Windon
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: January 25, 2020 (Paramount Theatre)
February 14, 2020 (United States)
June 26, 2020 (Japan)
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: United States
Japan
Language: English
Budget: $81–95 million
Box Office: $308.4 million
Franchise: Sonic The Hedgehog
Sequel: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)



Sonic the Hedgehog (not to be confused with the 1999 OVA film of the same name) (known in Japan as Sonic the Movie or commonly referred to by fans as The Sonic Movie) is a 2020 American-Japanese adventure comedy film based on a video game franchise of the same name published by Sega. It stars Ben Schwartz as the title character Sonic, Jim Carrey as his nemesis Doctor Ivo Robotnik, James Marsden as Sonic's human companion, and Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski, and Tika Sumpter as Tom's wife, Maddie.

The film was scheduled to released in cinemas on November 8, 2019, but due to negative reaction to the first trailer, specifically regarding Sonic's design, the film's release was delayed by three months to redesign Sonic; Sonic the Hedgehog premiered at the Paramount Theatre on January 25, 2020, the film was pushed back to February 14, 2020, which is officially released. The sequel titled: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is scheduled for release on April 8, 2022.

Plot

Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog from another world, fleeing to Earth to escape the villains who want to harness his supersonic energy. After accidentally causing a power outage while hiding out in the town of Green Hills, Montana, he is targeted by the government, who hires the eccentric scientist, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, to hunt him down. Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski must help Sonic evade capture, collect all the rings, and prevent Robotnik from using Sonic's powers to rule the world.

Why It Rocks

  1. Impressive visual effects, with the computer-animation used for Sonic standing out. Other notable examples include computer-animation used for scenes in Green Hill Zone and in Sonic's running scenes, as well as for Robotnik's robots and rockets.
  2. It takes lessons from the live action Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, and the Garbage Pail Kids Movie.
  3. Great adherence to the source material with many Easter eggs referencing the video game franchise.
    • Sonic uses a sign that says "Hill Top Rd" as a board for table tennis.
    • Ring Portal refers to Giant Ring that sent to other locations.
    • An island that resembles Green Hill Zone is present, and the town known as Green Hills which is referencing the zone from both the original game, and the Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
    • One scene shows Sonic doing a pose similar to his render for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • Sonic also refers to Robotnik as "Eggman", his nickname in the games, more than once.
    • The film even includes the Echidna tribe, which is even led by Pachacamac from Sonic Adventure to boot.
    • The mushroom world is a reference to Mushroom Hill Zone from the game Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
    • The credits and DVD/Blu Ray menu animation resembles that of the original games from the 16 bit era, which is very creative even for a video game movie.
  4. Following the negative reception of the first trailer, the film was made with genuine passion and it cares about the fans who grew up with the games and other media and respects the intelligence of children (the film's main target audience) rather than pandering and insulting them.
    • Sonic's design here is great and is more faithful to the franchise than the design from the first trailer released in April 2019 with his rocket shoes, gloves, eyes, head, and general body proportions, although still trying to look a bit more realistic.
  5. Amazing casting choices and acting; Jim Carrey, in particular, puts his famous charisma into Robotnik, channeling his iconic 1990s film roles and stealing the show. Ben Schwartz is hilarious and endearing as Sonic, capturing the charm of the original voice actors for Sonic, Ryan Drummond and Jason Griffith, as well as Roger Craig Smith, with the character's heroic and optimistic attitude. James Marsden also brings a lot of humidity and realism to Tom Wachowski.
  6. Funny, well-written comedy, notably when Sonic plays baseball with himself simply because he is fast enough to be in over one place at once, and his attempt to disguise himself as a cat in front of Tom, but fails. The fight at the bar is also a great parody of an iconic scene with Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Sonic referring to Tom Wachowski as the "Donut Lord" is also funny.
  7. Amazing soundtrack by Tom Holkenborg, with the "Speed Me Up", a song that plays in the credits, standing out. "Friends" from Sonic Mania can also be heard during the opening scene with a younger Sonic.
  8. Baby Sonic has a cute design.
  9. Some lines will never get old, such as "Uhhh....Meow?........" and "Oh, give me a big! fat! break!"
  10. Lovable and sympathetic characters.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog is a creature from another world who lost his motherly figure at a young age and has been living his entire life on Earth as a loner.
    • Dr. Robotnik is an eccentric but intelligent orphan scientist who comes from a history of bullying and has no value for human life other than his own, being a well-written and flamboyant villain all the way through.
    • Tom Wachowski is a Green Hills cop with the noble goal of saving and protecting lives and repeatedly makes sacrifices for Sonic and his wife, Maddie.
      • It deserves a mention that Tom and Sonic have amazing chemistry, and both execute a funny and heartwarming take on the bromance dynamic.
  11. Great lines, such as "I was not expecting that. But I was expecting not to expect something, so it doesn't count".
  12. Several heartwarming moments, like Tom’s niece Jojo giving Sonic his trademark shoes.
  13. Amazing action, complete with well-executed climaxes. The final battle between Sonic and Robotnik is a primary example.
  14. Not one, but two exciting scenes (one after the logo and one after the credits) that promise a sequel. The former involves Robotnik being alone on the Mushroom Planet, gaining his iconic bald head and bushy mustache, and claiming he'll be home by Christmas. In contrast, the latter involves Tails coming out of a portal ring and taking flight to find Sonic in the post-credits scene.
  15. A creative twist on the Paramount logo, in which the stars are replaced with rings. The music is also set to an orchestral rendition of the Green Hill Zone theme. The Original Film logo variant is also creative, with a deeper blue for the text and a red background.
  16. The pacing is well-done.
  17. Pays homage to pop culture, like the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pose mentioned before, and Crazy Carl sketching Sonic, with the sketch resembling the old internet meme Sanic.

Bad Qualities

  1. The story is rather generic, as it involves an anthropomorphic character arriving from another world and into the real world, where they meet a human protagonist. They, at first, don't get along and eventually become friends, and they cause tons of mayhem as the movie progresses. Many have pointed out similarities to Hop (though they’re done right here), which are ironic given that James Marsden starred in both films as the human protagonist.
  2. Despite its faithfulness to the games with some really neat references, a few things go against the original source material. For example, Sonic's fur becomes electrified whenever his emotions are at their strongest; a feature never exhibited in any of the games or any other continuity.
  3. Some overdone product placement, like the Zillow and Olive Garden scenes (though one of the writers confirmed the gift card scene was just a gag).
  4. Some dated pop culture references, like Sonic flossing twice in the film, which is counted as the most cringeworthy part of the film.

Reception

Pre-release

On December 10, 2018, when the teaser posters were released, they received mostly negative reviews from fans of the franchise, criticizing the furry legs at the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as an unidentified, dark Sonic face that wasn't revealed yet.

Eventually, on April 30, 2019, when Paramount Pictures released the first trailer of the film, it was heavily panned by critics, audience, and even fans alike, due to Sonic’s uncanny humanoid appearance, as well as the use of Gangsta's Paradise. The video had more dislikes than likes. Director Jeff Fowler announced that Sonic’s design would be changed, and it was later announced that the film would be pushed back to February 14, 2020.

On November 12, 2019, Paramount made the original trailer private, and released a second trailer, showcasing Sonic’s new design. The video has a huge like-to-dislike ratio and was praised for Sonic’s new design.

Critical reception

Sonic the Hedgehog received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike, who praised the performances (particularly that of Schwartz and Carrey), Sonic's character design and animation, visual effects, action scenes, and its faithfulness to the source material, but criticized its story for its perceived lack of originality. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critic score of 64% and an audience score of 93%. Its consensus reads, "Fittingly fleet and frequently fun, Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game-inspired adventure the whole family can enjoy -- and a fine excuse for Jim Carrey to tap into the manic energy that launched his career". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews". It is often considered one of the best video-game based movies, along with Pokémon Detective Pikachu and The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Box office

In the US and Canada, the film grossed $70 million on its opening weekend and has grossed $131.9 million overall. In comparison, it grossed $141.1 million in other territories, for a total of $273 million worldwide against a $95 million production budget, making the film a commercial success. It is currently the second-highest-grossing film of 2020, and set the record for the biggest opening weekend for a video game movie adaptation in the US and Canada, beating the $58 million set by Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Videos

Trailers


Left: New official trailer released on November 12, 2019
Right: Original trailer released on April 30 (original upload removed by Paramount)

Reviews

Everything Wrong WIth Sonic the Hedgehog

External Links

Comments


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Stephenfisher2001

15 months ago
Score 7

We're now happy that it's on this wiki!!! I thought it was going to be on Awful Movies Wiki, thankfully, it's finally here from being Awful! Thanks Jeff! :D

But too bad, TROS didn't make it here. :(
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Matthew The Guy

15 months ago
Score 3
Thanks Jeff?
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Stephenfisher2001

15 months ago
Score 3
Jeff Fowler, actually.
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EnnardTrap1987

15 months ago
Score 5

The Rise of Skywalker was terrible, what are you talking about?

Then again..Opinions exist
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Mr. Dready

14 months ago
Score 1
Yup in the similar vain to the Teen Titans GO! movie, although i haven't watched this movie yet.
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Athaggard160

6 months ago
Score 1
It’s terrible that The Rise of Skywalker couldn’t make it to this wiki.
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Le0ne 82,651

4 months ago
Score 0
Can we have a Trash Trailers wiki? If so then the of Sinic Trailer definitely goes there.
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RockyBalboaFan

one month ago
Score 0
I'm glad Sonic is in here, but The Rise Of Skywalker is awful, it shouldn't be here
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MinecraftDogCats

18 days ago
Score 1
No chance of The Rise Of Skywalker being on here
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EnnardTrap1987

15 months ago
Score 6

"Are you in charge here?"

Yes i-

"NOPE...I’m WRONG! I’M IN CHARGE!"
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HJB0l79

14 months ago
Score 3
Yay! It's here! :D
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Bradyreino

14 days ago
Score 0
Well, this film was a loose adaptation of the original game and the sequel will follow the sequel with the appearance of Tails and the video game appearance of Robotnik (now known as Eggman).
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Official-PSASD

14 months ago
Score 2
I seen it yesterday, and I really like this very much!
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 1
I haven't seen it yet, but happy to hear that! :D
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ItMeansNothing

14 months ago
Score 2
I'm relieved that this is on here, finally. The scores weren't actually as terrible as I thought it was going to be.
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ItMeansNothing

14 months ago
Score 5
Uh meow?
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LeroyManTheFirst

12 months ago
Score 2
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!
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KingGoji2001

14 months ago
Score 1

This movie proves that video game movie adaptions are getting better. This is by far the best video movie adaption ever.

Rating: A+

I even posted my own review on youtube
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Mr. Dready

14 months ago
Score 3
I can't wait to watch to this movie.
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ItMeansNothing

14 months ago
Score 2
Believe it or not, so am I, since I'm going to check it out Sunday afternoon.
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Tony Li

14 months ago
Score 0
I agree.
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 0
It's awesome you should watch it
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Athaggard160

14 months ago
Score 1
I'm so gonna go see this movie!
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ItMeansNothing

14 months ago
Score 3
Just saw the movie and it was amazing. No lie. They did mostly everything better than I expected.
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DJ2006

14 months ago
Score 1
I'd love to check this film out when I have the chance...
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Tony Li

14 months ago
Score 2
I like Sonic's new design over the old one
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DJ2006

7 months ago
Score 0
Unpopular opinion: The 2020 Sonic movie design is my personal favourite Sonic design. I love how it stays true to the video game counterpart, but still takes elements from the original 2019 design in trying to make it more realistic (but improving upon that).
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Xian Pu

14 months ago
Score -19

So, it looks like the lesson from this and other recent movies is that you should always listen to your fanbase and give them what they want.

Unless said fans are liberals. Then you should just tell them to go **** themselves.
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Trevor807

14 months ago
Score 3
What if some of them are the sensible kind of liberals?
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EijiZeBoi

14 months ago
Score 3
I would've agreed with you Xian, but that final sentence ruined it for me.
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ItMeansNothing

14 months ago
Score 3
Stop with the politics!!! X(
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Hookuai

14 months ago
Score 3
You're biased
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Trevor807

13 months ago
Score 3
Yeah, this is one reason why I'm apolitical. I've seen people insult all liberals for being SJW and woke even though a few of them might not only not be SJW or woke, but sensible as well.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 4
I am tired of obsessive Anti-SJWs fucking us in the ass with their whining over liberalism.
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Grust

13 months ago
Score 4
There's nothing wrong with being a liberal or a conservative. It's when you go too far that's the problem. Also, listening to the fans is what'll make entertainment survive. The people behind this movie listened to the fans and the film thrived.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 2
I'm just gonna say this right now: I'm a liberal. Fight me.
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ThighFish

8 months ago
Score 0
You mean the right-wing people who claim to be left-wing?
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Glitchedblood

14 months ago
Score 2
Tails ;)
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Skyisgreyish

9 months ago
Score 0
Yeah, I agree, Tails looked so cute and fluffy in this film.
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Skyisgreyish

9 months ago
Score 0
So did Sonic.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

13 months ago
Score 0
I think Michael bay would like this.
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Mr. Monty Mole

7 months ago
Score 0
EXPLOSIONS.
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Hayden B.

13 months ago
Score 3
To me, this film is simply Sonic 06 (you know, an attempted reboot of the francise) done right in every aspect, even though the two are completely different from each other plot-wise and further more.
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

12 months ago
Score 0
This movie, is by far, the best movie ever in all of movie history. The final battle scene literally blew my mind, Jim Carrey didn’t even hesitate. He just did a wonderful job at playing the villain. No Sonic can top THIS Sonic
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LeroyManTheFirst

11 months ago
Score 0
Uh... meow?
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 3
I wanted to not see it until they redesigned it. Thanks Sega and Paramount for having me use my birthday money to see this.
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 1
Just got the Blu-ray. I’m watching it right now.
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 2
I’ve seen this movie and is great, can’t wait for the sequel.
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My name is Valentine you bit-

11 hours 57 minutes ago
Score 0
Same
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Master Chief

11 months ago
Score 2
Crazy to think both of those trailers where for the same movie...
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Kaiosantos

11 months ago
Score 3
I love Sonic so much.
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LeroyManTheFirst

11 months ago
Score 4
Good news! This movie is getting a sequel!
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Eli Boy

10 months ago
Score 2
That's awesome.
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ACoolBlaze5

11 months ago
Score 0
I've seen this movie back on the 20th of February-ish and it was great
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

11 months ago
Score -2
"OH, GIVE ME A BIG! BAD! BREAK!" - Dr. Robotnik
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LeroyManTheFirst

10 months ago
Score 0
no
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Freddie123

10 months ago
Score 0
Seawater stinks, pffft. Haha, good one, Blue Devil.
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ACoolBlaze5

9 months ago
Score 1
"ROCKONNAISSANCE!!!!!"
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

9 months ago
Score 0
I saw this movie in theaters on March 8th, 2020, and goddamn, not only did I have such an amazing time, but the final battle scene LITERALLY blew my mind
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Gabeeli448

6 months ago
Score 0
same
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UndertaleGamer1000

9 months ago
Score 1
This movie rocks!
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Mrkepo

8 months ago
Score 3
Why cant the Woody Woodpecker movie (2018) be like this?!?!
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Icy Hot

8 months ago
Score 1
Ben Schwartz once said in an interview that he wanted to voice every iconic blue retro character. After Dewey, Leonardo, and now Sonic, looks like he got his wish!
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Icy Hot

8 months ago
Score 0
Also, fun fact: this is the only live-action movie Paramount dubbed in Dutch and Swedish, as well as their first live-action Korean dub since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
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HammerBro101

7 months ago
Score 0
Hey guys, I just hear that the Internet is actively trying to cancel Sonic the Hedgehog, but I don't know why.
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UndertaleGamer1000

7 months ago
Score 0
I don't know either.
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Your Typical Random Dude

7 months ago
Score 2
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh Meow?
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DJ2006

7 months ago
Score 1
I saw the movie a few months ago and I though it was awesome. Can't wait for the sequel.
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Bluetigerelevenblue

7 months ago
Score 0
We need a Christmas sequel.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

7 months ago
Score 2
This movie is awesome.
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RaymesisEvil

6 months ago
Score 2
This movie is so fucking great
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Jego5542Gonzalez

6 months ago
Score 3
I give this page a 10 outta 10 because it’s my most favorite film of 2020.
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PlatinumBlaze

6 months ago
Score 1
So. You're supposed to be Tom's best friend who won't shut up about?
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 1
Well, I don't see the appeal.
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Awesomeman57

6 months ago
Score 1
Jim Carrey's Back
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Sonic&Pac-ManFan2009

5 months ago
Score 1
Cool Movie
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Fabricio andres Izaguirre Rivera

5 months ago
Score 0
This Is The Best Movie Based On A Video Game Ive Ever Seen! It's Better Than The Super Mario Bros Movie From 1993 And Alone In The Dark
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Bradyreino

14 days ago
Score 0
And the film was started in development by MGM but moved to Sony Pictures.
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No bias

4 months ago
Score 0
sega can do what nintendon't
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 1
Unpopular opinion: This movie is good, but not as people are making it out to be.
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Le0ne 82,651

4 months ago
Score 0
I can still hear Gangsta's Paradise in my head.
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Trevor807

3 months ago
Score 0
Same here.
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AbareKillerFan 2002

3 months ago
Score 1
To be honest, this movie didn't disappointed me, I really liked it
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LiamTheYoshi

2 months ago
Score 2
Anyone ready for the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie 2?
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SpaceHarrierFanBoy85

2 months ago
Score 1
Yeaaaaaaahhh!!
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MarioFanatic69

2 months ago
Score 0
Olive Garden: The Movie: Starring Sonic the Hedgehog.
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SpaceHarrierFanBoy85

2 months ago
Score 1
Kinda hoping Sega revisits some of their early IPs for film adaptations. I think Golden Axe, Space Harrier, and Shinobi would all make for pretty good film adaptations. The games themselves seem simplistic, but they actually have a surprising amount of lore behind them—Golden Axe and Shinobi have ongoing plots that span multiple games, and I think that Space Harrier would make one hell of a science fiction/fantasy film if they used the game’s text crawl as a basis for the plot (and had Opa-Opa as a sidekick of sorts)
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RockyBalboaFan

20 days ago
Score 3
I'm glad they redesigned Sonic

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