Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. 50
    Surprising less moldy and trite than the last two.
  2. Little more than a blatant marketing tool. But it's breezy and brief enough to keep young fans - and even their parents - modestly entertained.
  3. 38
    A rote exercise in both animation and storytelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    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''?
  5. Reviewed by: Amanda Rogers
    25
    The entire story -- has been done before, and should have been limited to a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon episode.
  6. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    0
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    Supposedly, Pokemon can't be killed, but Pokemon 4Ever practically assures that the pocket monster movie franchise is nearly ready to keel over.
  10. 20
    It's animated cockfighting for children.
  11. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    20
    There isn't much to Pokémon 4Ever.
  12. When it comes to entertainment, children deserve better than Pokémon 4Ever.
  13. Watching a Pokemon movie is like drowning in a sea of cute.
  14. 50
    Alternates between chunks of opaque exposition delivered by cardboard characters and eruptions of colorful and highly imaginative action.
  15. A fairly straightforward, if preachy, tale about environmentalism.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    4
    Big movie with big dreams including big boss battles that appeal to small children. What a waste...
  2. Jul 15, 2014
    8
    I went into the movie thinking that I wouldn't like it and by the end I felt bad for feeling that way in the first place, because the movie is actually really good. It begins like almost all Pokemon movies there's a battle Ash goes to some new place that wasn't in the games and ends up meating a legendary Pokemon. But it's how it's done that makes this movie stand out from the others and surpass some of the others. There are a bunch of great things in this movie ranging from the great side characters to the suprisingly complex and dark storyline. Though my favorite part aobut the movie is how it shows that Pokemon ages and how in the past of the Pokemon world isn't exactly like the present despite what some of the games might show. Also the music is unbelievable in this movie, I mean Pokemon movies always have great music but this one really surpass in the audio department. Also the CGI in this movie (excluding one infamous part) is very well done and actually fits into the movie, unlike most cars in anime. So overall this movie is great and worth a watch for any Pokemon fan. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    4
    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 the series so you feel a sense of repeat which adds up in the end, unfortunately for the worse. Full Review »