Netflix's new no.1 is a must-watch gaming classic with 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 hits the Netflix no.1 movie ranking, with fans loving the sequel – and scoring it 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 movie screengrab
(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

As January gets underway and the dust from CES 2024 settles – that's the world's largest technology show, based in Las Vegas – I'm going to be spending a chunk of the weekend watching nonsense movies, both on the plane journey back home and on the best streaming services in my living room. 

And Netflix just landed a perfect new number one that not only reminds me of my childhood, but is a must-watch gaming adaptation. Yes, I'm a major fan of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, the sequel to the (originally controversial) movie, which I even watched at the cinema when the action-comedy launched in 2022. 

It's not just me who's a Sonic fan, clearly, as while the blue streak failed to wow critics – the sequel landed a so-so 69% on score aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes – it was audiences that rallied around his on-screen presence. Indeed, the same Rotten Tomatoes page gives Sonic 2 a massive 96% audience score (it's as if someone flipped the numbers, Two-Tails-style).

As you can see from the trailer embedded above and the screengrabs in the gallery below, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a zany movie that's perfect for families with kids, just as much as it'll resonate with those of us who used to play Sonic games back in the 1990s and beyond. That it's taken so long to bring Sonic to screen and make such a success is quite the surprise to me, but the Jeff Fowler-directed movie ticks all the boxes – and there's even a third movie in the works!

The casting of Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik was something I originally thought was a poor decision, but his madcap approach to playing the bad guy really carries weight in both the original and this sequel. James Marden's 'Donut Lord' role entertains, while Idris Elba's appearance as Knuckles was certainly a surprise addition. 

So if you're feeling in the mood for watching a largely nonsensical caper about Sonic and Tails, then join me in celebrating Sonic 2's rise to the top of Netflix's movie charts this week. If you're a first-time viewer then I'm sure you'll appreciate why it netted such a high score from so many fans. Or if you're simply fighting jetlag, like me, then it's a great colourful explosion to entertain the eyes – even on a repeat viewing!

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.