Dragonball Evolution
Dragonball Evolution (2009)

James Wong adapts the rich mythos of the Dragonball series that grew from a manga into various popular animated series with this 20th Century Fox production starring Justin Chatwin. The plot revolves around Goku (Chatwin), Earth's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Executed with little panache or invention, Dragonball Evolution lacks the magic that made the books upon which it was based a cult sensation.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Evolution is far more entertaining than it deserves to be, unless you're a 10-year-old boy, in which case it's only the greatest movie ever made.

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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly

Fans of the best-selling Dragonball comics (and cartoons, and videogames...) might have a shot at untangling the knotty dream-logic that strangles Dragonball: Evolution's live-action adaptation.

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Simon Miraudo

There are fewer depressing sights than Chow Yun-Fat performing stilted wire-fu in a Hawaiian shirt.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

There are a few entertaining fight scenes. But there is also uneven CGI, bad dialogue and a host of clichéd moments that make Dragonball Evolution just another disappointing matinee movie.

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Joel Brown
Boston Globe

The giddy, anything-goes spirit of Japanese manga comics and Hong Kong martial arts flicks animates Dragonball Evolution. Not enough to make it a good movie, mind you, but enough so you won't hate yourself if you sit through it with the kids.

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Steve Biodrowski

This film offers further proof, as if any were needed, that Western filmmakers cannot do justice to their Eastern counterparts when it comes to retooling anime and/or Fant-Asia for Occidental consumption.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

The film is crammed with treats for old-school Dragonball fans. For everyone else, this amounts to another seen-it-before, probably-willing-to-see-it-again distraction, a passable collection of 'splosions and special effects for a slow film weekend.

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Leigh Paatsch
New York Post

A hyperactively messy little adventure fantasy in which movement is everything and meaning means nothing.

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Anders Wotzke

More concerned with recruiting the testosterone troubled boys of today than it is rewarding fans of yesteryear.

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Flixster Audience Score: 20% Flixster User Reviews
Drake Tsui
Turned a classic tale of innocence, the struggle between good and evil, into a hollywood CGI fuck fest of stupidity. There are so many things wrong with this… More
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Wildaly M
Oh gosh. The trailers were better.
Conner Rainwater
What was wrong with this movie? By far one of the weirdest/corniest/terrible movies to ever have a major studio release. It accomplishes one thing, making… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
I must say that this one is a really terrible adaptation, maybe basically it wasn't an adaptation movie, but it was a movie inspired from the manga because… More
Steve K
Why would I do this to myself you ask? Much like when I rented Beer For My Horses, the bad movie lover within me just couldn't resist. Unlike that film,… More