Dragonball Evolution
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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 greatest champion, who must defend the planet against an invading race of alien warriors hell-bent on dominating the universe. Wong directs from his own script, with Kung Fu Hustle's Stephen Chow producing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters co-stars as the film's villain, Piccolo, with Jamie Chung playing Chi Chi and Emmy Rossum portraying… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"A contender for the worst movie of the year was released in April."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"this first installment was actually entertaining enough that a sequel could work out the kinks to become a very solid franchise."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Gazette (MD)
"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."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Joel Brown, Boston Globe
"More concerned with recruiting the testosterone troubled boys of today than it is rewarding fans of yesteryear."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"I am no expert in the field of Dragon Ball. However... the first live-action, English-language film in the franchise is absolutely insipid."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The story seems to have been made up as the film went along, and not by anyone talented. The fight scenes and special effects are shamefully pathetic."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"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."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"A hyperactively messy little adventure fantasy in which movement is everything and meaning means nothing."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, New York Post
"As far as 2009 flops will go, [this] could have been much worse to sit through..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"For anyone writing it off as a kiddie film, Dragonball: Evolution should be considered child abuse. Put everyone involved with this catastrophe on the receiving end of a Kamehameha wave."
‑ Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com
"Faced with the choice of watching Dragonball: Evolution again and perishing in a fiery apocalypse, I'd take Judgment Day every time."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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