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

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Forgoes that split-level wit to concentrate on mere rock 'em sock 'em mayhem.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 78
    Brilliant, wacky, and utterly charming fluff, with millions of mad monkey minions to boot.
  5. 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.
  6. One of the more ingenious and fresh surprises of the summer.
  7. 80
    It's a good movie infused with moments of greatness.
  8. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    A piquant entertainment and zeitgeist reflector designed to embolden little thrashettes.
  9. 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.
  10. Don't give the kids any sugar before this one -- it's so hyperactive it'll send them into overdrive without it.
  11. 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.
  12. 70
    May be formulaic but never fails to find other ways to entertain.
  13. Has the right mix of sugar and spice for a satisfying rush.
  14. "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.
  15. 70
    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!
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 »