Dragonball Evolution 2009

Dragonball: Evolution

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Executed with little panache or invention, Dragonball Evolution lacks the magic that made the books upon which it was based a cult sensation.

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On his 18th birthday, Goku (Justin Chatwin) receives a mystical Dragonball as a gift from his grandfather. There are only six others like it in the whole world, and legend has it that whomever possesses all seven will be granted one perfect wish. When the arrival of a dark force triggers a tragedy, Goku and his companions (Chow Yun-Fat, Emmy Rossum) are propelled into an epic quest to collect the seven Dragonballs and save the Earth from destruction.

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Critic Reviews for Dragonball Evolution

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (52)

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Drew Toal

    Time Out
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  • A rather tame live-action sci-fi flick.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The producer, Stephen Chow, made the funny and original Kung Fu Hustle, but here he and director James Wong get into a terrible mess.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • There are a few entertaining fight scenes. But there is also uneven CGI, bad dialogue and a host of clichd moments that make Dragonball Evolution just another disappointing matinee movie.

    April 13, 2009 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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.

    April 13, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Tasha Robinson

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Audience Reviews for Dragonball Evolution

  • Dec 26, 2015
    Don't worry, people. I bet they won't make another sequel ever again due to how messy this film was and there's obviously no way they can ruin Dragon Ball Z for good.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2012
    The phrase "worst movie ever" is thrown around a lot, but every so often a movie like Dragonball: Evolution comes along with that special something that shows us all what a truly awful movie is. The thing is complete trash from opening scene to end credits. It's astonishingly bad in every conceivable way. Dragonball: Evolution is an appalling, horrendous piece of garbage that embarrasses itself.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2012
    MY GOD. There is funny bad (Like "The Room"), there is offensive bad (Like "North") and there is obscenely disgusting. This. This is the Hitler of japanese-made-american movies. Their personalities are apocalyptically wrong, the cast is SO wrong. The history is so bad I screamed at the end of the movie and almost cried. Never had I seen a movie that failed in every aspect: Casting. Wardrobe. Effects. History. Music. Congratulations, you got an EPIC FAIL. I think the problem most people have with this movie is that is based on GOD-SENT-TO-EARTH EPICNESS. And they made it SHIT. A 10 year old kid would make a more accurate Dragon Ball movie. I don't know how Akira Toriyama allowed them to DARE to use the name.
    Mark S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2011
    It is bad, and is worse when compared with the original series, the film grabbed the elements of the series and ruined.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer

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