Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    It's just a sound-and-light show, linked to the marketing push for Pokemon in general.
  2. 50
    The sense that the movie serves mostly to showcase a slew of purchasable cartoon figures loses nothing in the translation.
  3. A dismayingly impersonal piece of anime, genial yet chaotic.
  4. 40
    Are the little ones really getting anything more out of this slightly flashier, exceedingly louder 75-minute version of their usual 30-minute dose of anime hijinks?
  5. 50
    Strictly a kids' movie, but parents may be relieved to sit back and enjoy the fact that for two full hours, they won't have to hear the kids asking them to buy any more Pokemon trading cards.
  6. Essentially, the film functions as a holiday catalog, introducing fans to a new Pokemon whose effigy they can collect in trading cards.
  7. It isn't terrible. It's far from a milestone in Japanese animation, and not an especially memorable entertainment. Yet it doesn't try to be either of those things.
  8. But the animation, with its rich colors and stylized angles, is fun to watch and at times does seem like a psychedelic "Sesame Street."
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Plays a little like a pacifistic variation on Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon."
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Girls -- a big part of the Pokemon crowd and what makes it such a humongous commercial success -- will feel left out in the cold.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Elizebeth
    Apr 26, 2006
    10
    Mewtwo is a really cool character idea. It's a cool story line and I really like it. The only thing that I'm commenting on the bad Mewtwo is a really cool character idea. It's a cool story line and I really like it. The only thing that I'm commenting on the bad side is that Pikachu's vacation is cheesy. Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2014
    8
    I don't get the hate really, do you know how difficult it is to mix animation and emotion and a life learned lesson (via Voilence is never theI don't get the hate really, do you know how difficult it is to mix animation and emotion and a life learned lesson (via Voilence is never the answer) all together in a full length film? Honestly, give them a break and appreciate their work. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    6
    Despite the childish source, the material is rather bleak, and centric on the meaning of one's life with the questioning of being. PerhapsDespite the childish source, the material is rather bleak, and centric on the meaning of one's life with the questioning of being. Perhaps best viewed as expanded episode of the earlier Pokemon anime, Mewtwo Strikes Back works as an abecedarian to Pokemon, and an amateur pedagony in philosophy. Full Review »