Pokémon Detective Pikachu

critic Reviews

, 68% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most -- if not all -- of the franchise's fans.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Reynolds is in his element when allowed to be goofy, and this stuff is nothing if not surreal, especially in the second act.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    For a while, the first live-action Pokemon movie's achievements are enough.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    Fortunately, the ever-likeable Reynolds is equal to the task, channelling the savvy exuberance (but not the rude bits) of his Deadpool persona.
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    Daniel KaszorGlobe and Mail
    Detective Pikachu is unrelentingly weird.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Oil and water. Toothpaste and orange juice. Good decisions and Florida. Some things just don't go together, and you can add Ryan Reynolds' voice and Pikachu to that list.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Vincent AcovinoNPR
    There's something admirable about a film that isn't afraid to have some fun with a property so established - and beloved - by its core audience.
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    David Hoganhoganreviews.co.uk
    Detective Pikachu is actually a good kids movie, both succeeding at entertaining kids and giving them a good life lesson while entertaining any adults watching as well.
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    Tom BeasleyVultureHound
    It's a movie so strange that Rita Ora popping up in a bizarre cameo as a scientist wouldn't even crack a list of the top ten weirdest things about it.
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    The makers of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu have done something wise, which is to create a film version of the media/toy franchise that is mostly accessible even to those of us who have zero connection to the phenomenon that is Pokémon.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matt CipollaFilm Monthly
    [T]he experience isn't so much linear as it is downright circuitous, stranding its nuggets of fuzzy joy in a script that fails to blend world-building with forward momentum.
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