Dragonball Evolution Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
There are fewer depressing sights than Chow Yun-Fat performing stilted wire-fu in a Hawaiian shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
September 24, 2009
This film offers further proof, as if any were needed, that Western filmmakers cannot do justice to their Eastern counterparts when it comes to retooling anime and/or Fant-Asia for Occidental consumption.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 2, 2009
More concerned with recruiting the testosterone troubled boys of today than it is rewarding fans of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 30, 2009
As far as 2009 flops will go, [this] could have been much worse to sit through...
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 18, 2009
A contender for the worst movie of the year was released in April.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 18, 2009
I am no expert in the field of Dragon Ball. However... the first live-action, English-language film in the franchise is absolutely insipid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
April 18, 2009
For anyone writing it off as a kiddie film, Dragonball: Evolution should be considered child abuse. Put everyone involved with this catastrophe on the receiving end of a Kamehameha wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
April 17, 2009
this first installment was actually entertaining enough that a sequel could work out the kinks to become a very solid franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 17, 2009
The story seems to have been made up as the film went along, and not by anyone talented. The fight scenes and special effects are shamefully pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 17, 2009
Faced with the choice of watching Dragonball: Evolution again and perishing in a fiery apocalypse, I'd take Judgment Day every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 17, 2009
A rather tame live-action sci-fi flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

This is London
April 17, 2009
The producer, Stephen Chow, made the funny and original Kung Fu Hustle, but here he and director James Wong get into a terrible mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 17, 2009
Having been blandly adapted from a Chinese folklore-inspired Manga, that's about as much of the story that makes sense. Gibberish in the extreme, it has all the narrative cohesion of a trading card game.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Abrams
New York Press
April 15, 2009
[Chow's] hamminess doesn't make Dragonball Evolution make more sense, but it's a great way to cope with an otherwise inexplicable kitschfest.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 15, 2009
Dragonball's value -- such as it is -- is that it's too dumb to actively hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 14, 2009
Poor Emmy Rossum went from "Phantom" to this. Now that's a career decline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 13, 2009
Evolution is far more entertaining than it deserves to be, unless you're a 10-year-old boy, in which case it's only the greatest movie ever made.
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
April 13, 2009
just another dull teen action film
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2009
There are a few entertaining fight scenes. But there is also uneven CGI, bad dialogue and a host of clichéd moments that make Dragonball Evolution just another disappointing matinee movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 13, 2009
The film is crammed with treats for old-school Dragonball fans. For everyone else, this amounts to another seen-it-before, probably-willing-to-see-it-again distraction, a passable collection of 'splosions and special effects for a slow film weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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