Metascore
27

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. An insubstantial addition to the cycle. It looks cheap and feels slapped together.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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."
  6. 50
    A sunny, gentle action yarn with numbingly repetitive chase scenes and bouncy interludes of playtime.
  7. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    40
    Given that most fans are very young, ignoring a key aspect of the Pokemon mythos is bound to confuse and disappoint them.
  8. 40
    Surprisingly, not bad.
  9. Reviewed by: Nat Johnson
    40
    The pied piper of shameless kiddie-marketing strikes for the fifth time in as many years.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    Demonstrates no improvement or enhancement. But the action this time is even less inspired than past battles
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Louise Kennedy
    25
    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
    Crudely animated, badly dubbed, incomprehensible, boring -- and headache-inducing -- attempt to wring a few more yen and dollars out of a thoroughly spent franchise.
  17. 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!
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 10 out of 28
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    3
    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.
  2. JoP.
    Sep 17, 2005
    10
    It has to be the bestest cartoon I have ever seen!!! please
  3. Dec 31, 2012
    3
    Pokemon 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 »