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: April 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 15% 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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Chris Stuckmann

Dragonball: Evolution is my least-favorite film of all time. I hate it with every fiber of my being. If you were ever curious about the show Dragon Ball or the manga... please, avoid this cinematic disaster at all costs.

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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.

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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Simon Miraudo

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

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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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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

It's hard to muster up fear for the end of the civilization when the whole production looks like an hour of network filler.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 19% 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