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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

critic Reviews

67%
  • 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.
  • Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Reynolds is in his element when allowed to be goofy, and this stuff is nothing if not surreal, especially in the second act.
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  • Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    For a while, the first live-action Pokemon movie's achievements are enough.
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  • Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    Fortunately, the ever-likeable Reynolds is equal to the task, channelling the savvy exuberance (but not the rude bits) of his Deadpool persona.
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  • Daniel KaszorGlobe and Mail
    Detective Pikachu is unrelentingly weird.
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  • Adam GrahamDetroit News
    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.
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  • Vincent AcovinoNPR
    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.
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  • Deborah KriegerMoviejawn
    It's just these little touches of maximum effort (oops, wrong Ryan Reynolds movie!) that make Detective Pikachu as strong as it is-that, and, of course, Ryan Reynolds' energetic, generous voice acting.
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  • Dominic GriffinSpectrum Culture
    The filmmakers leave a lot on the table, failing to use its genre to its fullest potential.
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  • Rob DeanDaily Grindhouse
    DETECTIVE PIKACHU has some fun moments and good elements, but mostly it's a messy movie that is never really engaging or as fun as it should be.
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  • Carey-Ann PawseyOrca Sound
    This is basically a buddy film. Buddies in which one is human and the other is an animated character.
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