Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Jim Carrey and James Marsden star in this live-action adventure based on the popular Sega video game franchise.

A small-town South Dakota cop (Marsden) teams up with Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz) to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Carrey).

2020Rating: PG, Comedic action violence99 minsUSA, Japan
AdventureBlockbuster

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Look, it was never going to be easy turning an insane concept like Sonic—a super-fast blue rodent with a ring fetish—into a broadly-appealing film, but Sonic the Hedgehog‘s absolute refusal to lean into its own weirdness has resulted in a predictably wholesome, blindingly forgettable experience.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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Vulture

Vulture

Carrey is the film's most prized weapon, letting us wallow in the ridiculousness of this whole enterprise without ever holding himself above it.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Fast and fun, but forgettable.

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Time Out

Time Out

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

All in all, like its fast-moving, attention-deficient hero, this just feels like a rush job.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Sonic now resembles a cartoon hedgehog instead of a spray-painted marmot. But if anything was done to de-genericise the script, it hasn't helped.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Stuff

Stuff

It all adds up to a film with very few surprises, but several happy treats. If you're in charge of an under-10 anytime soon, you'll be happy you had the excuse to go.

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