Parents' Guide to

Super Mario Bros.

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dated, quirky adaptation of video game has some violence.

Movie PG 1993 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+

Despite the mixed opinions by critics and fans, I really loved it!!

This live-action movie adaption of Super Mario series, leading up to Super Mario World on the SNES, is so bad, it's good. It won two Saturn Awards for Best Makeup and Best Costumes. I loved it when I first saw it as a kid. Nothing scared me and I knew a majority of the characters. I'm surprised Bob Hoskins hated this movie, despite his performance as the most iconic video game character of all time was okay. I recommend this any hardcore Mario fans, no matter what!!

This title has:

Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Cool Movie

I really like this movie but there are some scenes with Sexuality, but otherwise i like it.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (15):

Falling short of expectations that it would be more like the video game when first released, this movie now looks like a dated '90s attempt at quirkiness. This quirkiness and the confusing story line make it hard to recommend. The movie does have some period charm, and the lead actors certainly do their best with what they have (Dennis Hopper especially seems to have fun as the wicked King Koopa), but ultimately the producers took one too many liberties with the actual video game and gave its fans a movie that fell far short of expectations.

In the years since this movie has come out, some have grown to appreciate the effort made by the filmmakers to try to do something different. Though those arguments are interesting and perhaps not without merit, it's difficult to imagine them carrying much weight for the average moviegoer with some passing familiarity with Nintendo, Super Mario Bros., and video game culture as a whole.

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