10 Best Video Game Adaptations

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While we wait for the premiere of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, let’s revisit some of our favorite video game adaptations. This genre has had some awesome additions in recent years, so we are revisiting some of our favorites. Check out these top ten titles as ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes audience score.


10 - The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

46% RT Audience Score
We are kicking off the countdown with The Angry Birds Movie! The Angry Birds video game was all the rage in the early 2010s. It seemed like everyone had this app on their phones. The premise of the game was simple: A flock of birds are protecting their eggs from a group of green pigs. 

The Angry Birds Movie features a voice ensemble of hilarious actors including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, and many more. When green pigs arrive at their island, three birds named Red (Sudeikis), Chuck (Gad), and Bomb (McBride) are suspicious of their intentions and decide to investigate. Discovering that the green pigs are up to no good, the birds unite to protect their island. Just like the game, the movie is a fun and lighthearted escape from reality and is perfect for a family movie night!


9 - Tomb Raider (2018)

54% RT Audience Score
Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Lara Croft in the 2000s left big shoes to fill, but Alicia Vikander stepped up to the challenge and excelled. Tomb Raider is an action-packed adaptation of the 2013 reboot of the same name. That game redefines Lara Croft’s origin story and the film follows that same storyline. 

After the disappearance and presumed death of her archaeologist father Richard (Dominic West), Lara is urged to accept her inheritance. Despite believing that her father is still alive, Lara reluctantly accepts the inheritance and visits his estate. There she learns that he was researching a mythical queen called Himiko and believes that if she follows his research it will lead her to him. She embarks on a journey to find her father, encountering his rival archaeologist Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) who is bent on finding Himiko first. Vikander shines as Lara Croft and the film is full of action and surprises from beginning to end.


8 - Rampage (2018)

72% RT Audience Score
The Rock saving the world from gigantic mutant beasts? Sign us up! After a genetic experiment goes awry, a silverback gorilla, a crocodile, and a wolf are infected with a dangerous pathogen that causes them to grow to a huge size and become wildly aggressive. Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) & Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Johnson) team up to stop the three mutated animals from destroying everything in their path. The 1986 video game follows a similar premise but the film really fleshes out the details in a very fun, action-packed adventure.


7 - Warcraft (2016)

76% RT Audience Score
Warcraft is a hugely successful video game franchise, so it’s no surprise that the film version currently holds the record for the highest worldwide grosses of any video game adaptation! It offers stunning visual effects alongside solid performances from Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Daniel Wu, and Ben Foster. 

When his world is dying, orc Gul’dan (Wu) seeks to escape to the human realm of Azeroth. He sets out to conquer the human world so the wizards, humans, and some renegade orcs must unite to stop them.

Warcraft stays true to the source material which makes it a great choice for fans of the video game series while also being a great introduction to the franchise for those who aren’t familiar.


6 - Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

79% RT Audience Score
Ryan Reynolds lends his signature sarcastic voice to the beloved Pokemon character Pikachu. When Pikachu’s police partner Harry goes missing and is presumed dead, Pikachu isn’t convinced that his partner really died. He teams up with Harry’s 21-year-old son Tim (Justice Smith) to solve the mystery. Pokemon Detective Pikachu is based on the 2016 video game of the same name. 

Ryan Reynolds’ voice acting adds a fun new element to lovable Pikachu and Justice Smith does a great job in his role as Pikachu’s companion Tim. This film is a very entertaining watch for families and Pokemon fans alike.


5 - The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) 

84% RT Audience Score
The cast of the original film returns with some new friends for The Angry Birds Movie 2. In this sequel, Leonard the pig (Bill Hader) approaches Red, asking him if the birds can set aside their differences with the pigs and unite to defeat a new enemy: birds from Eagle Mountain, led by Zeta (Leslie Jones). The original trio of Red, Chuck, and Bomb join Leonard and some new friends named Silver (Rachel Bloom) and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) to take on the evil birds. While the original movie is great on its own, the additional voice cast really packs a punch to the sequel. Make your family movie night into a double feature and watch both back to back!


4 - Mortal Kombat (2021) 

86% RT Audience Score
The expectations for this movie were very high given that Mortal Kombat is one of the most-played fighter games of all time. The Mortal Kombat coin-operated game is a staple in arcades and beloved by generations of gamers. Lucky for us, this adaptation definitely lived up to the hype.

In the year 2021, there is a series of ten tournaments between the realms of Outworld and Earthrealm. Outworld has won the first nine tournaments, and if they defeat Earthrealm in the tenth tournament, then Outworld will seize power. The fighters of Earthrealm must band together to win the tenth tournament and stop Outworld from conquering them.

As you might expect, this rated R film has some intense fight scenes so it’s not one to watch with the family. But for older audiences, this film is a great homage to the video game series with nail-biting action sequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat!


3 - Uncharted (2022)

90% RT Audience Score
Fan favorites Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg team up to hunt for treasure in Uncharted. Nate Drake (Holland) has become separated from his brother Sam and hasn’t heard from him in a while. Nate is a petty thief working as a bartender when he’s approached by treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg). Sully tells Nate that his brother went missing while they were on a mission to steal a fortune together. Sully asks Nate to join him in a quest to find Sam and complete the mission, and Nate agrees. Holland and Wahlberg make a great duo and their performances put Uncharted high on our list. This is such a fun watch if you’re looking for a film full of high-stakes adventures and treasure.


2 - Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)

93% RT Audience Score
Sonic the Hedgehog & Tom (James Marsden) make an incredible team against Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, a dastardly, power-hungry villain that keeps audiences laughing. Ben Schwartz’s voice acting is a great match for Sonic’s mischievous personality and adds to the excellent casting. 

In the movie, Sonic has been hiding out on Earth for years. One day he accidentally draws attention to himself by causing a large power outage. The military enlists the help of the evil Dr. Robotnik to find the source of the outage. Sonic, who is used to a life of solitude, joins forces with local sheriff Tom & his wife Maddie (Tika Sumpter) to thwart Dr. Robotnik’s evil plan to capture Sonic. Along the way, Sonic finally finds a family for the first time. Sonic The Hedgehog is fun, wholesome entertainment for audiences of all ages.


1 - Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (2022)

96% RT Audience Score
The original Sonic The Hedgehog movie set the bar very high for the sequel, but 2022’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2 did not disappoint. It features the beloved characters from the original film and also introduces even bigger stakes with the introduction of Tails (Claudia O’Shaughnessey) and Knuckles (Idris Elba). 

Dr. Robotnik returns to Earth with Knuckles in tow to defeat Sonic and seize the Master Emerald, a stone that gives its owner the ability to control everything around them. Sonic teams up with Tails to stop Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles from capturing the Master Emerald and wreaking havoc on Earth.

This is an awesome film for families to enjoy together, with jokes for the parents as well as the kids. With the addition of Knuckles and Tails, this one has an edge on the original that clinches the number one spot.

These ten titles are great adaptations of popular video games, whether they follow the source material exactly or explore new ideas and adventures. If you’re eager to watch some video game adaptations while you wait for the release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, these films are a great place to start!

Do you think The Super Mario Bros. Movie will join the top ten? Will it take the new record for highest grossing video game adaptation? We can’t wait to find out! See it with friends and family at Regal starting April 7th!

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