Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew
Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew (1999)

Pokémon, the lovable little characters who have become favorites in video games, TV cartoons, comic books, and toys, comes to the big screen with this animated feature film. In a fantastic alternate universe, there are 151 different… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 6, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Audiences other than children will find very little to entertain them.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

The story is a humourless retread of a Bond-style world domination yarn with a Frankenstein theme.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A shameless plug for Pokemon merchandise? You betcha.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excruciating to endure.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The repetitive plot is essentially a string of excuses for fantastical combat sequences, but somehow several characters' insistence that violence is bad doesn't come off as hypocritical.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

It's just a sound-and-light show, linked to the marketing push for Pokemon in general.

Empire Magazine

It would be nice to think that 'the kids' would take on board the heavy-handed moral messages, but more likely they'll be looking out for new Pokémon to collect, therefore fulfilling Nintendo's merchandising dream.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The wisdom of putting bad experiences behind us never rang more true than after viewing this movie. Avoiding it though, may be impossible, so be prepared.

Betsy Sherman
Boston Globe

The Japanese animation is beautiful, and the script adaptation for the English-speaking audience is well-paced, clever, and absorbing enough to keep parents from squirming.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If you're over 10 years old I have four words for you: See Princess Mononoke instead.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Joshua Wilburn
This movie came out when I was 8 and I loved it then and I love it now. Yes, I was a huge fan of the pokemon tv show and that may have skewed my opinion on it.… More
KJ Proulx
I may be a sucker into the pokemon universe, but being a fan of the original series, I have come to love this film just as much as the show, not even caring… More
Christopher Heim
Unless you are a fan of the show or a child, this movie is not going to do anything to broaden your horizons about the Pokemon TV show. The plot is essentially… More
Jim Careter
What is this crap. I grew up loving this movie, now I hate it.
Directors Cat
I had big expectations for the batlle between these two characters as im a fan of the games. But the film is terrible. It suffers from bad animation, bad… More
Michael Edwards
i dont get what some people dont like about this movie i mean if you arent fans of pokemon why did you see it i understand if you have kids but that doesnt mean… More