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Why are Videogame Movies always so Lame?

After watching ”Mortal Kombat,” ”Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” and more, we can’t help but wonder…

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Super Mario Bros. (1993)
U.S. gross: $20.9 million
EW review: “Virtual banality. The dialogue is nonstop nattering gibberish, and the movie…is a frenetic chase thriller.” D

Mortal Kombat (1995)
U.S. gross: $70.5 million
EW review: “This contentedly empty-headed extended advertisement for the joy of joypads…is notably free of blood and gore.” C+

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
U.S. gross: $131.2 million
EW review: “The movie never summons the slightest pretense that there is anything at stake for the audience.” C

Resident Evil (2002)
U.S. gross: $40.1 million
EW review: “The picture…degenerates into a monster combat thriller as impersonal in its relentlessness as the videogame series that inspired it.” C+

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
U.S. gross: $90.8 million
EW review: “I wish the movie weren’t so visually junky-looking, and that the CGI action sequences weren’t so vacant.” B