Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie (Yűgi˘: Gekij˘-ban)
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The popular anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! makes the jump from television to the big screen with the franchise's first feature film. Yugi (voice of Dan Green) is a boy who, like thousands of others, is a loyal fan of "Duel Monsters," a card game that's sweeping the nation. Yugi joins many other players for a Duel Monsters tournament in Battle City, where they make a startling discovery -- the "Duel Monsters" cards have supernatural powers that have resurrected Anubia, an evil leader from ancient Egypt. As it happens, one of Yugi's ancestors was a pharaoh who vanquished… 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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