The Powerpuff Girls


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Clearly, great fun.
  2. 80
    The rapid-fire satirical sophistication (scatology notwithstanding) and lovingly rendered pulp surrealism of this sequence should delight adults, while kids will get a charge out of the heroines' grown-up-defying chutzpah.
  3. 80
    It's a good movie infused with moments of greatness.
  4. 78
    Brilliant, wacky, and utterly charming fluff, with millions of mad monkey minions to boot.
  5. The three kindergarteners make up for their lack of irony with laser-power eyes, radical post-post-postfeminist blithe confidence, and some of the coolest retro-futuristic animation style this side of Gerald McBoing-Boing.
  6. One of the more ingenious and fresh surprises of the summer.
  7. What's really so appealing about the characters is their resemblance to everyday children. They're wildly energetic, competitive and (sometimes dangerously) impulsive. But they also learn from their mistakes, and their instincts are good. More power to them.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert lloyd
    All you really need to know, finally, from a consumer angle, is that it is not boring, and looks fantastic, and maintains the wit and spirit of the original, and that -- it takes care of the grown-ups first. There are obscure puns and cultural references for Mom and Dad, dog pee and monkey poo (metaphorical) for the kids, and fighting for . . . everybody!
  9. Has the right mix of sugar and spice for a satisfying rush.
  10. 70
    May be formulaic but never fails to find other ways to entertain.
  11. A piquant entertainment and zeitgeist reflector designed to embolden little thrashettes.
  12. 70
    It's a universe invented for our delight and pleasure and nothing else, a world made up of colors not found in nature but in a little girl's sock drawer. In Powerpuff Girls, shapes, images and colors make up the most crucial part of the message. It's a hot-pink little movie.
  13. Don't give the kids any sugar before this one -- it's so hyperactive it'll send them into overdrive without it.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Forgoes that split-level wit to concentrate on mere rock 'em sock 'em mayhem.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott L. Powers
    "The Movie" is bigger, brighter and boomier on the big screen than the series is on cable, but is it any better? The short answer is no, but that's not necessarily bad.
  16. 63
    When the Powerpuff Girls blink those soulful dinner-plate peepers, you could forgive them anything - even their movie's wafer-thin excuse for a plot.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Small children who will accept it as rock-'em, sock-'em excitement with a touch of gender-specific empowerment, and hipper teens and grown-ups who can appreciate the whole thing as a semisatirical hoot.
  18. Reviewed by: Dan Via
    Offers cleverness and charm that are hard to come by in the summertime multiplex.
  19. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    The action sequences are so franticly dizzying that they make "Run Lola Run" look as though it unfolds in slow motion.
  20. There's a wonderfully funny and relentlessly cute 45-minute cartoon within The Powerpuff Girls Movie; unfortunately, it's padded out with almost as much filler.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Isn't much, it's just lively enough to placate its limited audience to make it an easy choice over "Scooby-Doo's" stale Alpo.
  22. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    Though the action is a bit intense for very young kids, it's probably no worse than what they see on television.
  23. Half enjoyable goof, half an uncomfortable panorama of urban terrorism that just doesn't sit well after Sept. 11.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    All in all, as products go, The Powerpuff Girls Movie is an honest one, probably better constructed than the trio's lunchbox and a little more reasonably priced than their T-shirts. But it's still a product, not a picture.
  25. While the series is smart enough to have inspired an army of adult fans, too little of its droll intelligence is on view here. Instead, the film feels like a rote effort made for some quick box-office bucks.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    Has all of the heart, exciting action and engaging story qualities that made the cartoon it's based off so lovable. This is one televisionHas all of the heart, exciting action and engaging story qualities that made the cartoon it's based off so lovable. This is one television show inspired movie that hits its mark. Full Review »