Yesterday morning the review embargo finally lifted on Paramount Pictures Sonic The Hedgehog. The film hits cinemas across the globe from today with many expecting that the game adaption would fall foul of critics worldwide.
But, against the odds, Sonic has been performing incredibly well and peaked at 70% fresh on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The film currently holds a score of 63% fresh with a critics consensus which 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.
An on-form Jim Carrey can’t stop Sonic’s live-action debut from feeling like a missed opportunity. If the teased sequels do materialise, here’s hoping the storytelling levels up. [2/5]
Sonic’s look was famously corrected after the movie’s trailer triggered something akin to online panic; perhaps fans should have been consulted on the script as well. [2/5]
The Hollywood Reporter
The production may have riled the internet months ago, with furor over the look of its first trailer sending FX crews back to work on a character redesign; but what’s made it to the screen is light-hearted fun unlikely to offend anyone.
New York Times
Sonic now resembles a cartoon hedgehog instead of a spray-painted marmot. But if anything was done to de-genericize the script, it hasn’t helped.
Their truly epic bad decision, far worse than the original fussy humanoid design of Sonic, was to make the “Sonic” movie into one of those clunky live-action adventure comedies with a digitally animated generic weisenheimer plopped into the middle of it.
The Washington Post
In the end, “Sonic” is quippy without being mean, and sweet without being sappy, making this a trip that’s well worth taking.
Enjoyable and well-cast, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG may prove to be the start of a very profitable new franchise for Paramount, although hopefully future sequels are a touch more adventurous in their choice of setting.
Sonic the Hedgehog offers a kid-friendly adventure movie based on the classic Sega property that tells a solidly enjoyable, if uninventive story. [3/5]
Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, with James Marsden, Neal McDonald, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally and Natasha Rothwell.