The Wizard
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In this comedy, Corey Woods (Fred Savage) sneaks his emotionally disturbed little brother, Jimmy (Luke Edwards) out of the home he has been placed in, and sets off on a trip across the country. Along the way they team up with young Haley (Jenny Lewis), and together they discover that the silent Jimmy has a gift for playing video games. With this newfound information, the trio sets off for a video game competition in California, pursued by a number of concerned relatives. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Video-addicted kids may well find this exciting, but for anyone old enough to stay out later than 9 P.M. it's a distinct bore."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A solid and entertaining road film that is never cloying or abundantly sweet."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I love "The Wizard. It's so bad."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"This movie sucks so bad, I didn't even like it in the 80s."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Hollywood hucksters, zap them, have borrowed from Japanese game-pushers in this shameless attempt to sucker America's children."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The runaways' actions provide anything but responsible models for the children who make up the film's target audience, and the likable cast flails against the rampant idiocy and gross commercialism."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"a unique exercise in crappy '80s moviemaking %u2013 which has now become a unique exercise in crappy '80s nostalgia."
‑ Jesse Hassenger,
"Granted, Nintendo has cornered the video game market, and all the kids in the audience seemed to know each game as it appeared on the screen, but why pander to that Saturday morning commercial television sensibility?"
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It was only after the three kids arrived safely at the championships that I began to question the ethics of the film, which is, among other things, a thinly disguised commercial for Nintendo video games and the Universal studio tour."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"one of the best movies about the nintendo entertainment system..."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Lots of fun"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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