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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Besty Sherman
    75
    The Japanese animation is beautiful, and the script adaptation for the English-speaking audience is well-paced, clever, and absorbing enough to keep parents from squirming.
  2. The film is obviously a long-form episode of a show better digested in 22-minute segments.
  3. A dismayingly impersonal piece of anime, genial yet chaotic.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    50
    The sense that the movie serves mostly to showcase a slew of purchasable cartoon figures loses nothing in the translation.
  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
    20
    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
    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. Collapse
  2. Dec 1, 2010
    10
    The only good Pokemon movie ever made (although I thought the commercials for Pokemon 2000 were cool). I have very fond childhood memories ofThe 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. Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    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 theI'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
    6
    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 weaknessesok 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
    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. Expand
  6. Mar 2, 2012
    5
    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 realChances 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
    1
    Absolutely terrible....though it is a little bit better than its next films.............

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