The Wizard
The Wizard (1989)

The adventures of two brothers en route to California.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 1989
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An ad for video games that makes video games look like a peyote hallucination.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

one of the best movies about the nintendo entertainment system...

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Hollywood hucksters, zap them, have borrowed from Japanese game-pushers in this shameless attempt to sucker America's children.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A solid and entertaining road film that is never cloying or abundantly sweet.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

I love "The Wizard. It's so bad.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jesse Hassenger

a unique exercise in crappy '80s moviemaking %u2013 which has now become a unique exercise in crappy '80s nostalgia.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Does that above trailer look like product placement and late 1980's cheese? That is because it is. Do not get me wrong here, I can be a sucker for these… More
Aj V
A great kids movie, very modern, I mean, a video game competition? That's so rad. They should have some of those today. This movie is really cool, I… More
Manu Gino
It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime. Saw it again! Great movie from my childhood which I still love and enjoy every single time I… More
Lenny Muggsy
Fred Savage is not a robot, only good thing about this movie is the cheesy Super Mario Brothers 3 showdown and the Double Dragon face-off. Fred Savage was a… More
danny d
having grown up on this film i was excited to show it to my kids, and despite being about dated games, they loved it as much as i did. as long as one goes into… More
Tim Salmons
80's classic.