Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie (Ygi: Gekij-ban)
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Based on the trading card and television series phenomenon, Yu-Gi-Oh! is the story of Yugi, a boy captivated by the card game sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters! But there's more to the game than meets the eye, for it contains ancient mystical energies that can change the course of history! Deep below the sands of Egypt, an old evil has awakened. Anubis, who was defeated centuries ago by Yugi's mysterious alter ego -- the Pharaoh -- has returned for revenge to destroy Yugi and take over the world! Can Yugi and friends conquer their most powerful foe yet before the planet is buried in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like the gods, the trading cards are capricious, with ever-changing rules and strategies so intricate that only Yu-Gi-Ohlogists will fully enjoy this adventure."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"This cartoon based on the popular and complicated card game might as well be written in another language."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"More infomercial than movie. For series fans only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The popular kiddie cartoon show comes to the big screen, looking exactly like a TV cartoon blown up to colossal proportions."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Yu-Gi-Oh translates from the Japanese into 'Intense migraine in elders.'"
‑ Uri Lessing, www.kcactive.com
"A feature-length anime commercial."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"The latest kiddie con job to float over from Tokyo."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Feature-length animated movie based on the television series, and Manga comic book of the same name, is like watching a Japanese video game being played on a movie screen."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"While this probably constitutes a good tutorial in the trading-card game's lingo and lore, it's tremendously boring to watch an animated series in which most of the fighting doesn't even involve combat, just characters looking at cards."
‑ Angel Cohn, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Various other minuses for the uninitiated -- the changing powers of the cards, the intricate strategies of the participants, the almost-lethal nature of gameplay -- are great pluses for aficionados."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Kids will eat Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie up. The rest of us will have to wait for the translation."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"If your pulse quickens when you hear lines like, 'Not so fast! I still have two cards face down, and they'll bring down your life points to a measly 1000!', then Yu-Gi-Oh is the movie you've been waiting for all summer."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"It's essentially an advertisement for a similarly titled trading card game."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Like Harry Potter, Shrek and Spider-Man, it will become part of the currency of grade and middle school conversation."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"I suspect even children will be sophisticated enough to understand that a film should feel more alive than a trading card."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
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