Pokémon Detective Pikachu

critic Reviews

, 67% 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.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's a delight for fans to see how immersive this world actually feels.
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    Justin ChangFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I found this weirdly diverting... It's a counterintuitive fit for this character, and I kind of liked that about it.
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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    Pretty well-done, and when it got to the end, the bits that are meant to tug on your heart strings twitch the very top register...
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    But when the earth begins to shake and villains finally show their true colors things get far less interesting.
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    Chris StuckmannChrisStuckmann.com
    The human characters are flat and boring...but Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu saved the entire film, and there's a lot of him...about as good as a live-action Pokémon film could be.
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    Roxana HadadiChesapeake Family Magazine
    The central mystery of Detective Pikachu is lackluster-and sends a slightly problematic message about people with disabilities-but the production design is an impressive achievement.
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    Michael J. CaseyMichael J. Cinema
    Kids who don't know any better will probably like it; the parents who are stuck taking them are in for a slog.
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    Alex BentleyCultureMap
    Pokémon Detective Pikachu has a purpose - to indulge fans - and it does so with gusto. Anyone else would be better served by choosing almost any other movie.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    An emphasis on spectacle rather than charm and story.
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    Candice McMillanSeattle Refined
    Like its live action-animation hybrid predecessors, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has the distinct smell of a cult classic.
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