45 Video Game Movies Ranked Worst to Best
It was in 1993 that Hollywood realized the dream of putting a video game movie up on the big screen with Super Mario Bros., and setting the stage for a long legacy of questionable choices, troubled productions, and gamers’ pixel tears left in their wake. But like the kid who just has to pump in one more quarter to reach for that high score, the studios keep on trying (while the fans just keep on hoping), and we’re celebrating that sort of sheer tenacity with this guide to the best video game movies (and plenty of the worst) ranked by Tomatometer!
Here, you will find the near-decent (Rampage, Resident Evil), the should’ve-been-goods (Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft), the ridiculous-but-we-love-thems (Mortal Kombat, Silent Hill), and the ones made by Uwe Boll, who deserves his own category (Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead). We’re using a 20-review minimum cutoff for inclusion from theatrical releases only, because it’s not just enough to make a questionable movie, critics need to witness the aftermath, too.
And in May 2019, Detective Pikachu officially broke the video game curse! Fitting that Nintendo, whose Super Mario Bros. movie started all this trouble, would be the one to end it. And in another surprise 2019 development, the second Angry Birds movie has slingshot the naysayers by racking up plenty of critical praise, toppling Pikachu mere months after its release.
Then in 2020, when it didn’t seem it had a chili dog’s chance in hell, Sonic the Hedgehog to general critics enthusiasm, marking three Fresh video game movies in two years. Monster Hunter at the end of 2020 didn’t quite continue the streak. And now we’ve added Mortal Kombat! See all the high scores (and lots and lots of the lows) with our guide to 45 video game movies, ranked worst to best!
Adjusted Score: 4.748%
Critics Consensus: Inept on almost every level, Alone in the Dark may not work as a thriller, but it's good for some head-slapping, incredulous laughter.
Edward Carnby is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 6.574%
Critics Consensus: With its shallow characters, low budget special effects, and mindless fight scenes, Mortal Kombat - Annihilation offers minimal plot development and manages to underachieve the low bar set by its predecessor.
Just when you thought the game was over, along comes the second movie inspired by the popular video game Mortal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 4.055%
Critics Consensus: A grungy, disjointed, mostly brainless mess of a film, House of the Dead is nonetheless loaded with unintentional laughs.
A group of unsuspecting teens stumble upon the living dead in an old house. When one of them dies during... [More]
Adjusted Score: 5.031%
Critics Consensus: Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.
Uwe Boll's fantasy adventure film In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale stars Jason Statham as Farmer,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 5.109%
Critics Consensus: BloodRayne is an absurd sword-and-sorcery vid-game adaptation from schlock-maestro Uwe Boll, featuring a distinguished (and slumming) cast.
In 18th century Romania, Rayne (a girl with a human mother and vampire father) possesses superhuman strength but a soft... [More]
Adjusted Score: 4.248%
Critics Consensus: The combination of a shallow plot and miscast performers renders Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li a perfectly forgettable video game adaptation.
As the *Street Fighter saga celebrates its 20th anniversary, fight fans are invited to follow along with fearsome fighter Chun-Li... [More]
Adjusted Score: 9.765%
Critics Consensus: An attempt at political satire that lacks any wit or relevance, Postal is nonetheless one of Uwe Boll's more successful films -- for what it's worth.
Notorious, critic-boxing director Uwe Boll takes the helm for this adaptation of the controversial video game that ignited controversy across... [More]
Adjusted Score: 12.483%
Critics Consensus: Hitman: Agent 47 fails to clear the low bar set by its predecessor, forsaking thrilling action in favor of a sleekly hollow mélange of dull violence and product placement.
HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 15.053%
Critics Consensus: Though it offers mild entertainment through campy one-liners and the overacting of the late Raul Julia, Street Fighter's nonstop action sequences are not enough to make up for a predictable, uneven storyline.
A military commander is sent by an international organization to fight a psychotic dictator who holds a relief team hostage.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 11.611%
Critics Consensus: The low budget may explain Wing Commander's cheesy special effects, but can't excuse the lame dialogue or the movie's obsessive reliance on sci-fi cliches.
Based on a popular series of video games, Wing Commander introduces us to an elite fighter squadron in the year... [More]
Adjusted Score: 11.512%
Critics Consensus: Mediocre effort even by the standards of video game adaptations, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D features weak characters and an incomprehensible plot with a shortage of scares.
In Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Bean) have been on the run, always one step... [More]
Adjusted Score: 16.272%
Critics Consensus: Only for diehard Pokemon fans.
The "pocket monsters" discover new friends and face off against new adversaries in this installment in the Pokemon animated series.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19.659%
Critics Consensus: Audiences other than children will find very little to entertain them.
Pokémon, the lovable little characters who have become favorites in video games, TV cartoons, comic books, and toys, comes to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19.03%
Critics Consensus: Hitman features the unfortunate combination of excessive violence, incoherent plot, and inane dialogue.
Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, the "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47. His... [More]
Adjusted Score: 20.767%
Critics Consensus: While it boasts some stylish action, Max Payne suffers severely from an illogical plot and overdirection.
Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 17.381%
Critics Consensus: This series isn't getting any better.
Set in a mysterious city on water, a baffling maze of canals and alleyways provides the glamorous setting for the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.327%
Critics Consensus: The FPS sections are sure to please fans of the video game, but lacking in plot and originality to please other moviegoers.
One of the most popular and influential video games ever makes its way to the big screen in this sci-fi... [More]
Adjusted Score: 26.603%
Critics Consensus: Assassin's Creed is arguably better made (and certainly better cast) than most video game adaptations; unfortunately, the CGI-fueled end result still is still a joylessly overplotted slog.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 20.868%
Critics Consensus: Despite being somewhat more exciting than the previous film, this kiddy flick still lacks any real adventure or excitement. What is does contain is choppy animation and poor voice acting. Doesn't match up to virtually anything out there.
In this action-packed anime film, fearless Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum and his pals must try to save Earth from destruction.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.436%
Critics Consensus: Resident Evil: Apocalypse has lots of action, but not much in terms of plot or creativity.
One of the only survivors of a man-made plague joins forces with a team of private warriors in a bid... [More]
Adjusted Score: 25.285%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.
A popular video game comes to the screen with this big-budget adventure starring Angelina Jolie as a buxom heroine recalling... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.198%
Critics Consensus: Critics say that the third Pokemon movie has a better plot than its two predecessors. This is not enough, however, to recommend it to those not already fans of the franchise.
In this animated feature, young Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum and his loyal friends journey to the beautiful mountain town of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 23.457%
Critics Consensus: Ratchet & Clank may satisfy very young viewers, but compared to the many superior options available to families and animation enthusiasts, it offers little to truly recommend.
Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 23.704%
Critics Consensus: As dim-witted and lifeless as its undead antagonists, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a wholly unnecessary addition to the franchise.
Experience a new dimension in action horror as director Paul W.S. Anderson uses the 3D technology pioneered by James Cameron... [More]
Adjusted Score: 30.178%
Critics Consensus: With stock characters and a preposterous plot, this noisily diverting video game adaptation fulfills a Need for Speed and little else.
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 30.872%
Critics Consensus: Despite flashy sets and special effects, Super Mario Bros. is too light on story and substance to be anything more than a novelty.
The huge success of the video games featuring animated Italian plumbers the Mario Brothers led to this $42 million live... [More]
Adjusted Score: 27.876%
Critics Consensus: Resident Evil: Extinction is more of the same; its few impressive action sequences unable to compensate for the pedestrian plot.
Director Russell Mulcahy takes over for the third chapter in the Resident Evil film franchise, which finds genetically altered Alice... [More]
Adjusted Score: 28.928%
Critics Consensus: Though the sequel is an improvement over the first movie, it's still lacking in thrills.
This sequel to the 2001 hit video-game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider finds Jan de Bont stepping in for director... [More]
Adjusted Score: 30.098%
Critics Consensus: Resident Evil: Retribution offers everything one might reasonably expect from the fifth installment in a heavily action-dependent franchise -- which means very little beyond stylishly hollow CGI-enhanced set pieces.
The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.902%
Critics Consensus: Warcraft has visual thrills to spare, but they -- and director Duncan Jones' distinctive gifts -- are wasted on a sluggish and derivative adaptation of a bestselling game with little evident cinematic value.
Legendary Pictures' WARCRAFT, a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment's globally-renowned universe, is directed by Duncan... [More]
Adjusted Score: 35.023%
Critics Consensus: Silent Hill is visually impressive, but as with many video game adaptations, it's plagued by inane dialogue, a muddled plot, and an overlong runtime.
The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33.765%
Critics Consensus: With a ridiculous plot and comical acting, checking one's brain at the door is required before watching DOA: Dead or Alive.
Legendary Hong Kong action director and choreographer Corey Yuen brings Tecmo's best-selling video-game franchise to the big screen in a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 39.384%
Critics Consensus: Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.
The director of Mortal Kombat (1995) adapts another popular video game for the big screen with this gory action thriller.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40.645%
Critics Consensus: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may prove mind-numbingly chaotic for the unconverted, but for fans of the venerable franchise, it offers a fittingly kinetic conclusion to its violent post-apocalyptic saga.
The human race's last hope against apocalyptic obliteration is super soldier Alice (Milla Jovovich), but she's been stripped of her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43.928%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't offer much in the way of substance, but Prince of Persia is a suitably entertaining swashbuckler -- and a substantial improvement over most video game adaptations.
Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48.871%
Critics Consensus: The Angry Birds Movie is substantially more entertaining than any film adapted from an app has any right to be -- which may or may not be much of an endorsement.
In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46.253%
Critics Consensus: Despite an effective otherwordly atmosphere and appropriately cheesy visuals, Mortal Kombat suffers from its poorly constructed plot, laughable dialogue, and subpar acting.
Three reluctant fighters are drafted for an intergalactic martial-arts tournament that will determine the fate of the human race in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48.552%
Critics Consensus: The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed.
The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48.408%
Critics Consensus: Monster Hunter is mostly a mindless blur of action, held together by the slenderest threads of dialogue and plot -- and exactly what many viewers will be looking for.
Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.932%
Critics Consensus: Rampage isn't as fun as its source material, but the movie's sheer button-mashing abandon might satisfy audiences in the mood for a brainless blockbuster.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.681%
Critics Consensus: Tomb Raider reboots the franchise with a more grounded approach and a star who's clearly more than up to the task -- neither of which are well served by an uninspired origin story.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.499%
Critics Consensus: Largely for fans of the source material but far from fatal(ity) flawed, Mortal Kombat revives the franchise in appropriately violent fashion.
In "Mortal Kombat," MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage--or why... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.274%
Critics Consensus: 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.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega that centers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.283%
Critics Consensus: Pokémon Detective Pikachu may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most -- if not all -- of the franchise's fans.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.052%
Critics Consensus: Like its non-aerodynamic title characters, The Angry Birds Movie 2 takes improbable yet delightfully entertaining flight, landing humorous hits along the way.
The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds... [More]