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A handful of Super Mario Bros. movie reviews started rolling out after the film’s debut screening in Los Angeles, and the general sentiment is positive. Nearly everyone who posted about the film on Twitter praised its lighthearted sense of fun and how it pays homage to the classic Nintendo series in ways both big and small.

“‘Wahoo! 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' is the ultimate love letter to every era of Mario,” Fandango editor Erik Davis said. Loved the humor & especially Jack Black’s Bowser. I felt the same way watching the movie as I do playing the games. It’s just joyful. Also, stay for the credits!"

MinnMax’s Isla Hinck appreciated Illumination’s vision for Princess Peach as well.

"Yo. 'The Super Mario Bros Movie' is awesome! So fun and so many nods! I loved it!” Hinck said “And it's gorgeous! And Peach is so cool in it!"

Kinda Funny co-founder Tim Gettys praised the film’s score from Brian Tyler and said the excitement even made him emotional.

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie was awesome. Teared up from hype more than once. The music is the star of the show. Nintendo fans are gonna be obsessed. I'm not sure ANY movie in history has ever had THIS MANY easter eggs. AND GOOD ONES!”

The nods and easter eggs weren’t enough to win over Gizmodo entertainment writer Germain Lussier, though.

“A few solid scenes capture the spirit of the game but mostly it's an overly goofy, bare-bones plot, filled w/ bad jokes & worse song choices,” Lussier said. “It looks great but I was more bored & annoyed than entertained."

Film critic Rendy Jones landed somewhere in the middle.

“The Mario worlds are brought to life with top-notch animation and energetic action that will delight kids and fans,” Jones said. “That said, it’s a Mario movie made by illumination and I’ll leave it at that.”

If you’re keen to make up your own mind, you don’t have long to wait. The Super Mario movie releases in theaters for all to see on April 5, 2023.