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Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
February 28, 2007
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
For Pokemon fans? Give it a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hollings
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
The kiddies in the audience were enthralled by every minute of it.
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
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
Full Review
January 1, 2000
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
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Pokemon is a quality example of the genre, and it is indeed one of the most successful anime shows ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
For the legions of Pokemon fans, the film gives them everything they crave and more.
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
This is a movie that knows its audience.
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Betsy Sherman
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric D. Snider
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Excruciating to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 16, 2007
The story is a humourless retread of a Bond-style world domination yarn with a Frankenstein theme.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
If you're over 10 years old I have four words for you: See Princess Mononoke instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 1, 2003
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.
Laura Reiley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Abysmally bad.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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