Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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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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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, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

Cast & Crew

Ryan Reynolds
Detective Pikachu
Voice
Kathryn Newton
Lucy Stevens
Bill Nighy
Howard Clifford
Ken Watanabe
Lieutenant Hide Yoshida
Chris Geere
Roger Clifford
Alejandro De Mesa
Bartender
Rita Ora
Dr. Ann Laurent
Dan Hernandez
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Benji Samit
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Rob Letterman
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Derek Connolly
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Joseph Caracciolo Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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  • 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 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • 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

    NPR
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Audience Reviews for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

  • Dec 09, 2019
    Who'd have thought this is how to make a Pokémon movie work, take a c-grade Pokémon game and throw in Deadpool. But damnit all it kinda' does. The mystery is pretty basic and predictable and…well, silly. However, it pulls the movie through and the characters actually make it work. Detective Pikachu himself is especially likable, particularly from Ryan Reynolds immense charm. It's also just a fun movie with a fun world. It took forever for us to see the Pokémon world in live action, but now that we do, it looks great, and there's some real solid action sequences here. It's fairly standard family fare overall, but for Pokémon fans, it's great fun.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2019
    Worse than I anticipated. There are so many things it tries tries to be (a live action Noir-ish anime, a shameless cash grab, and a sincere emotional story about a young man trying to find his father) that each disconnected element ends up canceling all the others out. What's left is barely a movie.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • 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

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