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Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew (1999)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 68

Audiences other than children will find very little to entertain them.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 22

Audiences other than children will find very little to entertain them.



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Pokémon, the lovable little characters who have become favorites in video games, TV cartoons, comic books, and toys, comes to the big screen with this animated feature film. In a fantastic alternate universe, there are 151 different varieties of the creatures called Pokemon, each with its own unique talents. Many humans attempt to capture the Pokemon and train them; the top trainers can teach the critters how to capture and train other Pokemon, making them Pokemon Masters. Ash Ketchum is one of

Mar 21, 2000

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The story is a humourless retread of a Bond-style world domination yarn with a Frankenstein theme.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The repetitive plot is essentially a string of excuses for fantastical combat sequences, but somehow several characters' insistence that violence is bad doesn't come off as hypocritical.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The wisdom of putting bad experiences behind us never rang more true than after viewing this movie. Avoiding it though, may be impossible, so be prepared.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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A shameless plug for Pokemon merchandise? You betcha.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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It's just a sound-and-light show, linked to the marketing push for Pokemon in general.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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The Japanese animation is beautiful, and the script adaptation for the English-speaking audience is well-paced, clever, and absorbing enough to keep parents from squirming.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Excruciating to endure.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (6)
Common Sense Media

It would be nice to think that 'the kids' would take on board the heavy-handed moral messages, but more likely they'll be looking out for new Pokémon to collect, therefore fulfilling Nintendo's merchandising dream.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you're over 10 years old I have four words for you: See Princess Mononoke instead.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (10)
Combustible Celluloid

For Pokemon fans? Give it a shot.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

In the tradition of such drivel as 'The Care Bears Movie' and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' it's essentially a commercial disguised as a feature film.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Abysmally bad.

May 14, 2003 | Comments (6)
Palo Alto Weekly

The kids in the audience at my showing were certainly enthralled, and I only fell asleep twice.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comments (2)
Film Quips Online

The movie may have been designed to shift Pokémon product but it also comes down hard on the side of friendship, mutual respect and resourcefulness.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Unfortunately, dear grown-ups, no end to the Pokémon invasion seems imminent.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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With its undertones of slavery and cockfighting, Pokémon" may have the most unsavory premise ever for children's entertainment.

July 12, 2002 Full Review | Comment (1)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The film is baffling, amateur and somewhat contradictory about violence.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Probably too verbose to significantly influence the target audience.

June 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Would it have been too much to ask for just a tiny bit of interest for the grown-ups?

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

If you don't mind plunking your kids down in front of a 90-minute commerical, go nuts.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Disney's wild, creative but beautifully-controlled set-pieces, eccentric memorable characters, and sheer rush of colour tower over anything on offer here.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: | Comments (6)

This Japanese film's free will philosophy is in stark contrast to the determinism that seems to be running rampant in today's Hollywood films.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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The kiddies in the audience were enthralled by every minute of it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew

This movie came out when I was 8 and I loved it then and I love it now. Yes, I was a huge fan of the pokemon tv show and that may have skewed my opinion on it. BUT I recently watched it with a date. I haven't seen it in years and my date hasn't seen it EVER. We both fell in love with the characters and enjoyed the story. Mewtwo is probably to perfect villain. He had a great background story and had a reason to his mayhem. But he also learned a lesson in the end and can really be a lesson everyone can relate to. There's one scene in the film, without giving any spoilers, where I cry every time I watch it and, if you watched the tv show, you would too. I can understand why someone who isn't into the show could just tune out of this movie, but I believe this film deserves a higher score on this website. Atlease for the great story and great script. To the critics who gave this film a rotten score, please give this movie another watch, I think if you watch it with an open mind you can respect and may even enjoy this film... also the short film before it is freakin adorable.
May 31, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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Unless you are a fan of the show or a child, this movie is not going to do anything to broaden your horizons about the Pokemon TV show. The plot is essentially an extended episode with bland characters, cheesy dialogue (complete with cringe-worthy humor), and an ending that essentially turns the whole affair into a shaggy dog story. Even as a kid I forgot about this movie in a matter of two weeks, the only aspect of the film that stuck with me was the villain Mewtwo, and that is only because he looks cool. In the U.S. release of the film, the distributors try to instill a"fighting is wrong" message that is almost hilariously squeezed into the film's climax. The message is ironic coming from a show in which humans force monsters fight each other in every episode. Not only that, but the movie essentially hits the reset button in the end, erasing the characters recollection of the film's events. The Japanese version of the movie is no better, except they develop Mewtwo's character more in a prologue that was deleted in U.S. theatrical release. The prologue traces Mewtwo's origins, and it is actually a pretty interesting film-within-a-film that only exemplifies Mewtwo's wasted potential. Overall, an incredibly bland animated feature that only existed to sell products.
March 12, 2012
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

I had big expectations for the batlle between these two characters as im a fan of the games. But the film is terrible. It suffers from bad animation, bad dialogue, little tension and no heart. This im sure would be the reaction to fans of the games and filmgoers in general.
November 1, 2011
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Based on the anime series of the same primary title, POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE (wow, that's a really boring title) really is not any good at all. Watching it at the time when I loved the entire POKEMON franchise, from the trading cards to the TV series, this film was amazing and crazy fun for my eyes. But looking at it nowadays, it's stupid, boring, and not well-explained. In other words, one would have to watch a few seasons worth of POKEMON to understand the superficial parlance and humor used throughout this film. Die-hard fans only.
September 25, 2011

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