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  • Summary: A scientist genetically clones creatures from the Pokemon named Mew, creating Mewtwo, which begins cloning other Pokemons resulting in disastrous circumstances. The film ends with the message that fighting is futile and wrong.
  • Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Animation, Family
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 75 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. The favorable three-star rating I'm giving the animated Pokémon: The First Movie is based at least partly on the fact that I expected to dislike it and didn't.
  2. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    What a mere adult reviewer has to say about this 70-minute film is probably irrelevant. Pokémon fans will see it -- and love it -- regardless.
  3. A dismayingly impersonal piece of anime, genial yet chaotic.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Plays a little like a pacifistic variation on Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon."
  5. There is a new definition of the term, "critic-proof movie," and it goes by the name Pokémon: The First Movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    This totally sucks.
  7. Possibly the most deranged, pointlessly complex, automatic-writing-like cultural manifestation outside the cosmologies of the more creative psychotics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Elizebeth
    Apr 26, 2006
    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. Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2010
    The only good Pokemon movie ever made (although I thought the commercials for Pokemon 2000 were cool). I have very fond childhood memories of this movie, and I always watch this movie to relive those good memories. Collapse
  3. Jun 26, 2011
    I'm a massive fan of all things Pokémon so I found it really hard to dislike, but if i had to I would say that I didn't like the friendship moral's but I guess that just comes with it being a film targeted at kids. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2014
    ok i'll fully admit this isn't really a good movie but as pokemon fan i can't bring myself to dislike it. i think the films biggest weaknesses is Mewtwo being a hypocritical villain, the ending rendering the entire movie pointless and the worst anti fighting message in a film ever considering that it's coming from a franchise all about fighting. still the animation and action are great and the film at least feels big enough to warrant a cinematic release Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    Despite 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. Expand
  6. Mar 2, 2012
    Chances are you're most probably a fan of the television show if you see this movie. Or at least you should be because only a real PokéManiac would like everything about this feature, even the not so good aspects. Noticeable differences from the anime include better animation (larger budget no doubt) which is this film's strong suit, but sadly it more or less ends there. The story is rather bland and stereotypical, especially the abrupt ending. The music seemed strange and although easy on the ears it didn't match the mood of the flick. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2012
    Absolutely terrible....though it is a little bit better than its next films.............

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