User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 108
  2. Negative: 13 out of 108

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  1. Mar 12, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers. With terrible story and ending. Pokemon The First Movie is probably the worst "Pokemon" experience you can get! Why MewTwo gave up on the end? Just because Ash got in the middle of the clash? I thought he hated humans,because they're "traitors". And why did he killed the people who created him? This movie has SO MUCH issues, i would give it a 2/10 or 3/10 but it's one of my childhood movies and i love the nostalgia feeling so my final score is 4/10
    Not recommended especially if you're not a pokemon fan!
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  2. KittyC.
    Jul 24, 2004
    4
    Under average. A great beginning spoilt by a middle and ending that goes on.. and on.. and on. Not to mention that the animation is sub-par and if it was better than it was in the tv-shows this would have had a five.
  3. Dec 31, 2012
    3
    Pokemon is a delight for fans and young kids, but it features choppy animation, a weak script, hypocritical morals, and forgettable characters, and is easily outclassed by other animations like Princess Monoke.
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    1
    Absolutely terrible....though it is a little bit better than its next films.............
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    4
    Foolish, preposterous, a big wannabe tearjerker that probably is to the genuine Pokemon fans.
  6. Layne
    Jul 25, 2003
    2
    Lacks everything that could have made it a good film, takes advantage of the fact that children are going to see it regardles how awful it is and thus doesn't try to be anything good.
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. 13
    First the TV show, then the video games, the playing cards, the books, the clothes, and now the movie -- the dreaded movie.
  2. 50
    It's just a sound-and-light show, linked to the marketing push for Pokemon in general.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    20
    This totally sucks.