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.
For Pokemon fans? Give it a shot.
| Original Score: B-
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The kiddies in the audience were enthralled by every minute of it.
The values of POKEMON's protagonist have tapped into the unconscious of a generation that compulsively watches the show and codifies its critters without really knowing why
I'm not sure how much of its so-bad-it's-good appeal is intentional, and besides, much of it is boring and repetitive.
| Original Score: 6/10
Pokemon is a quality example of the genre, and it is indeed one of the most successful anime shows ever.
| Original Score: 3/4
For the legions of Pokemon fans, the film gives them everything they crave and more.
This is a movie that knows its audience.
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.
| Original Score: C-
| Original Score: C+
| Original Score: F
Excruciating to endure.
| Original Score: 1/5
The story is a humourless retread of a Bond-style world domination yarn with a Frankenstein theme.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
If you're over 10 years old I have four words for you: See Princess Mononoke instead.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4