Pokémon Detective Pikachu


Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Critics Consensus

Pokémon Detective Pikachu may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most -- if not all -- of the franchise's fans.



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The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City - a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world - they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

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Ryan Reynolds
as Detective Pikachu
Ken Watanabe
as Lieutenant Hide Yoshida
Justice Smith
as Tim Goodman
Kathryn Newton
as Lucy Stevens
Bill Nighy
as Howard Clifford
Suki Waterhouse
as Ms. Norman
Rita Ora
as Dr. Ann Laurent
Chris Geere
as Roger Clifford
Ikue Otani
as Pikachu
Bern Collaco
as CNM Reporter
Omar Chaparro
as Sebastian
Paul Kitson
as Harry Goodman
Jag Patel
as Dignitary
Abbie Murphy
as Cynthia McMaster
Alex Klaus
as Police Commissioner
Max Fincham
as Tim Aged 12
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Critic Reviews for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

All Critics (285) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (194) | Rotten (91)

  • Reynolds is in his element when allowed to be goofy, and this stuff is nothing if not surreal, especially in the second act.

    May 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For a while, the first live-action Pokemon movie's achievements are enough.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Fortunately, the ever-likeable Reynolds is equal to the task, channelling the savvy exuberance (but not the rude bits) of his Deadpool persona.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Detective Pikachu is unrelentingly weird.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Oil and water. Toothpaste and orange juice. Good decisions and Florida. Some things just don't go together, and you can add Ryan Reynolds' voice and Pikachu to that list.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • There's something admirable about a film that isn't afraid to have some fun with a property so established - and beloved - by its core audience.

    May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

    Vincent Acovino

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

  • Aug 26, 2019
    I have never been huge Pokémon fan, but this was a surprisingly fun introduction to the franchise. They have spent some money here and I do question the filmmaker choice, but that is a different argument. The story is a little messy and convoluted, but the film is funny and often showcases the talent involved. The film has some grand set pieces and the special effects are quite good. This appears to be the beginning of a new series and unfortunately entered a season where Avengers Endgame was the only film audiences cared about. Hopefully finds its feet on home platforms as this is fun and very different ride. 25/08/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2019
    The core story is just... So dumb. And the dialogue between genuinely any two characters that doesn't involve the titular Pikachu made me real uncomfortable. But I adore the world that holds it up. Watching Detective Pikachu was like drinking hot chocolate by the campfire in winter. Even my roommate who had to be dragged to the thing kicking and screaming ended up having a wholesome good time.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2019
    Disappointing. Animation-wise, loved the cuteness of Pikachu and the voice acting of Ryan Reynolds. But, story telling was laboured and self-indulgent. Could have been better had more thought gone into the story telling and the pacing of the film.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2019
    This may be my least useful review in my career as a critic but I'll try my best when it comes to Detective Pikachu. I'm not a Pokemon fan. It came to popularity as I started high school and was generally after my time. I can state unequivocally that this movie is not made for people like me, and that's fine. I imagine fans of the long-running television series and games will be delighted to see this world brought to life with great care and top-notch special effects. I sat through the 105 minutes slightly amused but feeling no strong feelings one way or another. It's a pleasant enough movie with decent world building and a predictable plot (taken verbatim from the game of the same name apparently). It's charming enough for an outsider but offers not much else. It feels like a PG-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds attached to a Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-style universe where Pokemon and humans interact normally. No one ever seems to fully articulate how the Pokemon battles are essentially dog fighting and that they're enslaving these creatures for blood sport, but it's not like I was expecting that commentary either. In a world of living monsters, the human characters are a bit boring. Justice Smith's character is annoying and inconsistent. He seems a bit oblivious to how much he remembers about his missing father, which is more curious with some end reveals. Bill Nighy appears as the most obvious villain. Suki Waterhouse is here as a shape-shifting hench woman. The real draw is Reynolds as the voice to a Pikachu looking to pick up the pieces of its lost memory. The humor is brisk and has more hits than misses, even if the aim is somewhat low. Detective Pikachu is a family-friendly comedy that will likely please the hardcore legion of Pokemon fans and leave the rest of us shrugging our shoulders and saying to ourselves, "Well, that was a thing." Nate's Grade: B-
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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