Pokémon Detective Pikachu

critic Reviews

, 68% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's a delight for fans to see how immersive this world actually feels.
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    Justin ChangFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I found this weirdly diverting... It's a counterintuitive fit for this character, and I kind of liked that about it.
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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    Pretty well-done, and when it got to the end, the bits that are meant to tug on your heart strings twitch the very top register...
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    But when the earth begins to shake and villains finally show their true colors things get far less interesting.
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    Chris StuckmannChrisStuckmann.com
    The human characters are flat and boring...but Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu saved the entire film, and there's a lot of him...about as good as a live-action Pokémon film could be.
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    Roxana HadadiChesapeake Family Magazine
    The central mystery of Detective Pikachu is lackluster-and sends a slightly problematic message about people with disabilities-but the production design is an impressive achievement.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Mike MassieGone With The Twins
    Pokemon fans will be delighted at the visual interpretations of a beloved franchise, but the pervasive mildness of it all makes for an easily forgettable production.
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    David Hoganhoganreviews.co.uk
    Detective Pikachu is actually a good kids movie, both succeeding at entertaining kids and giving them a good life lesson while entertaining any adults watching as well.
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    Tom BeasleyVultureHound
    It's a movie so strange that Rita Ora popping up in a bizarre cameo as a scientist wouldn't even crack a list of the top ten weirdest things about it.
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    The makers of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu have done something wise, which is to create a film version of the media/toy franchise that is mostly accessible even to those of us who have zero connection to the phenomenon that is Pokémon.
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