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Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001)



Critic Consensus: Critics say that the third Pokemon movie has a better plot than its two predecessors. This is not enough, however, to recommend it to those not already fans of the franchise.

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A handful of strange creatures prove just how dangerous the imagination can be in the third American feature adapted from the popular Pokemon animated series. Prof. Spencer Hale is an archeologist studying ancient Pokemon when he uncovers a strange breed of "pocket monsters" called "Unown," whose bodies form runic symbols that resemble the letters of the alphabet. The Unown can read people's minds and transform their fantasies into reality, and when the professor mysteriously disappears, his young daughter Molly is given the materials (and the Pokemon) her father collected. As Molly plays with the Unown, her home is mysteriously transformed into a crystal fortress that expands to envelop the entire community of Greenfield, and a number of dangerous monsters are released from Molly's daydreams -- one of whom captures her mother and spirits her away. Realizing the crisis is the work of the Unown, legendary Pokemon-trainer Ash leaps into action to capture the creatures and teach Molly about the dangers of the Unown. Pokemon the Movie 3: Spell of the Unown was distributed with an accompanying short subject, Pikachu and Pichu, which finds the most popular Pokemon visiting the city with his new friend.more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Norman J. Grossfeld, Norman J. Grossfeld, Michael Haigney, Takeshi Shudo, Hideki Sonoda
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Box Office: $16.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Pokemon 3: The Movie

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (16)

The animation doesn't display the kind of artistic advances that would compensate for the underdeveloped story.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Creepy, yes, and confusing as heck, but not half so fearsome as the three little words ('Until next time!') spoken by whom I don't recall.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Even little trainer's pet Pikachu appears to have seen it all before.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Nap time for adults.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

So-so, violent movie for series fans only.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
Common Sense Media

The lengthy battles here become tiresome in a film that says Pokémons live to battle but also know when to quit.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Pokemon 3: The Movie

Okay, I'll admit, that this has the weakest characters, but it also leads as being the most eventful of the franchise. It has the most complicated plot as a scientist discovers symbols, linking them to rare undiscovered pokemon. Ante, being the first pokemon found, is probably the most interesting legendary character so far, but there is just something about these films that I find wrong. Movies can only go so far, and with pokemon, they can't even pass the first two with good story.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Better, but still weird and depressing

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

as with every pokemon movie up until destiny deoxys a masterpiece

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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