Pokémon 4: The Movie


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    Surprising less moldy and trite than the last two.
  2. 50
    Alternates between chunks of opaque exposition delivered by cardboard characters and eruptions of colorful and highly imaginative action.
  3. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Watching a Pokemon movie is like drowning in a sea of cute.
  4. Little more than a blatant marketing tool. But it's breezy and brief enough to keep young fans - and even their parents - modestly entertained.
  5. A fairly straightforward, if preachy, tale about environmentalism.
  6. 40
    The story is a bit predictable and the characters given to restating the obvious (presumably for the benefit of very young viewers), but overall this third Pokemon sequel is surprisingly entertaining.
  7. 38
    A rote exercise in both animation and storytelling.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Harmless in the extreme and it'll mute your kids for nearly 80 minutes, but why not just treat the little yard apes to the real deal and take them to ''Spirited Away''?
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Supposedly, Pokemon can't be killed, but Pokemon 4Ever practically assures that the pocket monster movie franchise is nearly ready to keel over.
  10. 25
    The entire story -- has been done before, and should have been limited to a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon episode.
  11. 20
    Why the Pokémon fad hasn't died off yet is one of the great mysteries of the universe, right up there with the Pyramids of Gaza and the white stuff in Twinkies.
  12. There isn't much to Pokémon 4Ever.
  13. 20
    It's animated cockfighting for children.
  14. When it comes to entertainment, children deserve better than Pokémon 4Ever.
  15. At best this is a film for the under-7 crowd. But it would be better to wait for the video. And a very rainy day.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    Big movie with big dreams including big boss battles that appeal to small children. What a waste...
  2. MysteryPokemon
    Mar 17, 2006
    This movie is awesome! I have never seen anything like that in Pokemon movies!
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    Kids and fans are sure to be entertained, but the rest of us just sit there uncomfortably. It has the same concept as the other films in theKids and fans are sure to be entertained, but the rest of us just sit there uncomfortably. It has the same concept as the other films in the series so you feel a sense of repeat which adds up in the end, unfortunately for the worse. Full Review »