Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Brimming with values that should serve its young audience well: altruism, friendship, self-sacrifice, responsibility.
  2. 50
    A sunny, gentle action yarn with numbingly repetitive chase scenes and bouncy interludes of playtime.
  3. Better for several reasons. First, they've jazzed up the animation. The backgrounds appear to be digital, and they are striking. The story is also less violent and combative.
  4. Sometimes the 2D and 3D animation doesn't blend, and the heinous pop songs would embarrass Peter Cetera, but there's plenty to like, including a fascinating mechanical contraption and musical score both shamelessly and lovingly stolen from "The Dark Crystal."
  5. Clearly, interest has waned - both because children grow up and because they move on. It might be time for the folks behind this particular fad to do the same.
  6. An insubstantial addition to the cycle. It looks cheap and feels slapped together.
  7. 40
    Surprisingly, not bad.
  8. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Given that most fans are very young, ignoring a key aspect of the Pokemon mythos is bound to confuse and disappoint them.
  9. Gallops along at a quick, easygoing clip. Grown-ups may have to scrub the sugar from their frontal lobes. But it's not about them, is it? Never was. Never will be.
  10. Reviewed by: Nat Johnson
    The pied piper of shameless kiddie-marketing strikes for the fifth time in as many years.
  11. Kids who love Pokemon movies are no doubt going to see this movie, and they'll have a blast watching it. Very soon they will become older and more sensible and understand how terrible these movies are.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Demonstrates no improvement or enhancement. But the action this time is even less inspired than past battles
  13. Reviewed by: Louise Kennedy
    Any richness in the drawing of the backgrounds only underscores the weirdly flat, affectless renderings of the characters moving through them.
  14. 20
    Doesn't have much to offer viewers who aren't still eagerly awaiting their first adult tooth.
  15. 10
    Plays more like a catalog than a movie... a tedious, unimaginative affair.
  16. 0
    Kids will revolt, parents will snooze, and I will be downright giddy if I never encounter another Pokémon movie as long as I live. Ack!
  17. 0
    Crudely animated, badly dubbed, incomprehensible, boring -- and headache-inducing -- attempt to wring a few more yen and dollars out of a thoroughly spent franchise.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 10 out of 29
  1. Dec 31, 2012
    Pokemon Heroes does not feature anything worthwhile for parents or outsiders to the series, but will keep children entertained and may sufficePokemon Heroes does not feature anything worthwhile for parents or outsiders to the series, but will keep children entertained and may suffice as a guilty pleasure to fans. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    The voice acting is terrible as well as the connection of the movie. i suggest making your kids watch the 'fun' on the TV rather in the theaters.
  3. JoP.
    Sep 17, 2005
    It has to be the bestest cartoon I have ever seen!!! please