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Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

1998
Family/Kids
Action
1h 36m
When a group of scientists are offered funding into genetic research if they agree to try and clone the greatest ever Pokémon, Mew, the end result is success and Mewtwo is born. However Mewtwo is bitter about his purpose in life and kills his masters. In order to become the greatest he throws open a challenge to the world to battle him and his Pokémon. Ash and his friends are one of the few groups of trainers who pass the first test and prepare for battle. However they soon find out about further cloning and Mew 2's ultimate plan for the earth. (imdb)
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Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

1998
Family/Kids
Action
1h 36m
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Rated 15 Aug 2015
68
17th
By the time Pikachu starts getting repeatedly slapped by his own clone, the movie becomes an out-of-body experience, where the surreal images and seizure-inducing music combine to transport you to another realm of existence. This singular event allows for total comprehension of the entirety of existence, and offers us the chance to touch the finger of God.
Rated 29 Jan 2008
1
4th
Pikachu needs to stop being a bitch and evolve into a Raichu already.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
60
16th
Come on, it's a first class entertaining movie.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
1
17th
Ash, I see now that I was wrong. You have taught me that slavery isn't wrong, as long as the slaves have Stockholm Syndrome. There's exploitation, like what the evil scientists did to me, and then there's the nice happy exploitation, as you do to your Pikachu. I, Mewtwo, have learned a valuable lesson, and I thank you.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
40
1st
The mediocrity of the TV show conveys itself to the big screen in a money making effort.
Rated 18 Jul 2011
40
20th
If Mew and Mewtwo would do the nasty, would it be a Mewthreesome?
Rated 12 Jan 2010
65
39th
Fuck yeah, I'd still watch it
Rated 05 Mar 2013
60
24th
Woah, didn't realize people hate this one so much. What's there to say? It's a good first movie for a show that was very popular in it's time.
Rated 17 Sep 2011
60
40th
It's amazing what nostalgia can do for a film...
Rated 23 Dec 2009
49
19th
GAHHHHHH! THE NOSTALGIA!!!!! IT BURNNNSSS!
Rated 19 Nov 2016
46
10th
Incomprehensible to anyone who didn't attempt to steal their parents' hard earned cash to feed their very first corporate overlords in the late 90's.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
70th
Mewtwo is pretty goddamn badass for Pokémon! I like when he kills all the scientists.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
6th
This movie is atrocious. In typical Pokemon-anime-series fashion, it is a gargantuan marketing engine which masquerades as a deep story of friendship and love. Which means, "Kids, go buy more Pokemon friend from your friends at Hasbro!" Anyone over the age of twelve will want to Thundershock themselves into a coma by the end of this.
Rated 01 Feb 2012
14
0th
Wow... watched this while I loved pokemons and still thought it sucked, can't imagine how incredibly awful it must be to see now
Rated 12 Jul 2012
35
11th
Audiences other than children will find very little to entertain them.
Rated 04 Oct 2018
69
65th
A real nice watch, even philosophical at times. And who doesn't cry at the end?!
Rated 19 May 2012
88
86th
How can you not love Pokemon?! Seriously....
Rated 13 Feb 2012
100
91st
NOSTALGIA VOTE!
Rated 23 Oct 2019
99
98th
I'm biased as a massive Pokémon nerd, but there's a lot to be said about the film's overarching message of equality and the strength of diversity.
Rated 11 Feb 2020
90
93rd
rvw. the extra origin intro is nice but i'd rather not watch it since it doesnt really get referenced again, even in Returns. i love the intro battle and the star wars msg. love storm test. love mew. chasing the ball. mewtwo wanting challenges and to prove shit. then the ending gets too exceptional. they all using struggle. the scream zaps will always get me. until the end it was an 85
Rated 08 Feb 2012
0
1st
Not my stuff at all.
Rated 02 Feb 2012
40
14th
Nostalgia is cruel. It had the animation quality and potential to rise above its origins, but the plot is both lacking and shoots itself in the foot by showing the hypocrisy of a franchise about capturing and pitting wild animals against each other. Since the music was changed as well as language track, I have to critique them and they are horrifically painful to hear at times, showing the worst kind of tampering with a non-English property. If I was less kind I would have damned this.
Rated 25 Aug 2012
2
0th
This was the shit when I was a kid.
Rated 06 Jan 2012
30
28th
While I will always love this movie because it is Pokemon, it was absolute shit.
Rated 04 Jan 2012
26
78th
Not enough Pokemon mindlessly attacking each other.
Rated 29 May 2020
60
72nd
For a kids movie this was actually pretty good.
Rated 12 Aug 2011
22
8th
I had fond memories of this as a kid. I should have left them as memories.
Rated 01 Feb 2007
35
13th
Hard to rate this, cause I probably loved it so much as a kid. But in retrospect it was probably crap.
Rated 15 May 2011
42
20th
Loved this when I was a kid. It's still overly sentimental at the end, which I actually still like. And Pikachu's vacation at the beginning is super cute.
Rated 27 Apr 2011
45
74th
It probably was bad. I don't remember. But I liked it very much at the time. I still remember making the quickest preparation in my life to go to the cinema, the silly short before the movie, and the fact my grandmother slept through all of it. Six yo me would rate 10/10. Irrational nostalgia-filled vote.
Rated 07 Mar 2013
50
5th
re-watched this the other day, brought back some lovely memories from childhood. but it's terrible, the storyline is so weak - one little pokemon trainer turns to stone and mew two cancels all his plans to take over the world, then him and his clones float off to pokemon heavan. what is that about. also ash has the most pathetic pokemon ever.
Rated 11 Apr 2018
80
59th
Opinion on this film is going to be based on whether or not you're a fan of the series. If you are (which I am) it is a very entertaining and very emotional trip into the established universe. Any others really need not apply to this one. It's only for the fans.
Rated 02 Sep 2018
2
17th
actually a fairly cool mash-up of alien, ghost in the shell, star wars, dbz etc until that greenpeace cunt mew turns up and ruins everything. "this proves fighting is wrong, it's useless, what can come out of it?!" misty cries, forgetting her complicity in a world that forces cute creature slaves to beat the shit out of each other for their masters' entertainment and oneupmanship. the english dub gets an even lower rating for drowning the climax in an extra dollop of disingenuous anti-war syrup.
Rated 19 Sep 2015
28
16th
+1 tier for nostalgia.
Rated 20 Sep 2018
34
32nd
Despite having the word Pokemon attached this is not altogether terrible. Children may find something to enjoy.
Rated 19 May 2014
70
56th
I still own this on DVD and watch it every year with my geek friends. I can't score it badly. It is too dear to my heart.
Rated 15 Mar 2014
15
1st
I love Pokemon, but its anime is the worst I've ever seen. All the characters suck except for Brock. As for the movie itself, there's some good songs (I'm a sucker for 90s pop) and Mewtwo's island has some pretty cool backdrops. Uh... does anyone really need to review this?
Rated 02 Mar 2014
83
43rd
Lot of nostalgic memories of my youth when pokemon was an absolutely all the rage.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
40
19th
It is boring on repeated viewings, but makes me cry sometimes.
Rated 22 Jul 2012
80
77th
Why can't I hold all this nostalgia?
Rated 22 May 2021
38
5th
Incomprehensible mish-mash of sound and fury is clearly not designed to win any new fans – if you are already familiar with the Pocket Monsters, you will undoubtedly get more out of this, though the self-serious anti-war climax (with a boy band crooning about love and peace as we see the pokies beating the crap out of each other) would be a difficult one to stomach even with greater sympathy for the overall enterprise. Pretty clearly not for me, but others proceed at their own risk!
Rated 23 Feb 2013
5
7th
Looking back, the Pokemon anime really was terrible, wasn't it?
Rated 03 Jan 2013
50
19th
This movie is likable for Pokemon fans only. Fun for all the kids that got involved with the craze.
Rated 25 Dec 2012
0
2nd
The problem is pokemon weren't meant to fight.... not like this.
Rated 06 Dec 2012
50
35th
childhood
Rated 11 Nov 2012
30
11th
Really bad but I have read that the original story line is different and maybe better than the Western "remake". Strangely though, watching a Pikachu trying to shock someone back to life is incredibly emotional!
Rated 07 Jun 2017
38
13th
Laughable dialogue, a one-dimensional story, and contradictory themes plague Pokemon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
0th
at the time, I liked it, but I now consider Pokémon a plauge that must be exterminated from society
Rated 19 Oct 2008
2
0th
Yeah, I saw it in grade school, cause they were all the rage. Saw a bit of it recently, and I never realized how terrible of a movie it actually is.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
10
0th
HELL NO!!!
Rated 15 Jul 2008
64
35th
Actually when this first came out the main reason i saw it in theatre was to get the free pokemon card. It's kinda hilarious, I remember the big pokemon battle at the end was in slow motion with a Blessid Union of Souls song playing. What band could possible be less intense for a fight scene? I am a Pokemon fan though, I can't help it, Mewtwo rulz.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
65
27th
It was great when I saw it, even I think I knew what the pokemon were saying.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
87
76th
I love Pokemon. Say what you will. This is an awesome movie.
Rated 14 Jan 2008
45
11th
If you enjoy the television series, you'll probably like it. Otherwise, avoid.
Rated 19 Dec 2007
84
66th
Pretty cute, for a kid's movie. Totally bearable to watch with kids.
Rated 09 Oct 2007
15
9th
I dont like but has made success among children.
Rated 25 Aug 2007
30
10th
todo lo de pokemon apesta menos algunos juegos
Rated 26 Jan 2009
65
30th
not all that bad.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
14th
Hey, my son was ten. Don't give me any grief.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
1st
I can't believe I was convinced to go to the theatre and see this peice of crap.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
16th
Good for a childrens movie, but it could of had better voice acting and less editing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
3rd
@%&*!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
9th
stupid
Rated 14 Jul 2007
9
7th
Poor even for a kids movie and ultimately fails to fulfill its potential. Didn't think was too bad when I was nine, but now it is just an embarrassment. Still, it is one of those films you like to watch just to see how laughably bad it is in parts.
Rated 22 Apr 2007
40
12th
Granted, I haven't seen this recently so I'm guessing on the score here, assuming the nostalgia does not hold up. The games were pretty fun, the movie never really added anything at all.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
1
1st
i liked the part where pikachu says "pika-pika"
Rated 21 Mar 2007
53
21st
It's entertaining for a kids movie.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
10
4th
I would lie if I'd say that I didn't like it when I was living the Pokemon boom. But I have to say I still remember to prefer even the TV-Series, and anyway, what I really really loved was the game, and this movie was probably the last thing I watched about Pokemon. So my big nostalgia is with that small blue gameboy cart and not all those series or movies.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
50
11th
I've always liked Pokemon. I'm sure if I didn't like Pokemon, I wouldn't like this movie. But then again, if you don't like Pokemon then why would you watch it?
Rated 09 Jan 2011
5
5th
Okay, obviously a move of pokemon isn't going to be great but COME ON. I mean, I remember this film feeling just slightly more epic when I saw it as a wee child; it all takes place in the same bloody room. It's trite and twee in its overall message of "don't punch other people even if they punch you". Also the voice-acting, at least in the American dub, is pretty painful.
Rated 27 Oct 2010
67
51st
The moral is confused (tho more in the dub than the original, of course) and there are plot holes all over the place. But there's also some genuine moral ambiguity here, and a few emotional moments that are backed by honest power. Kids in the late '90s could've done much worse.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
90
69th
Un clásico
Rated 24 Jun 2010
99
94th
Awesome movie. Because it takes characters from a series, the characterization is probably a little flat if you're not familiar with Pokemon already, but this movie still kicks ass.
Rated 04 Jun 2010
22
14th
Tears cure cancer!
Rated 28 May 2010
32
3rd
31.500
Rated 17 Apr 2010
65
41st
At the time it was special, now undermined by the fact it is simply the first in a long line which is now milking the proverbial Miltank until it's udders are red raw. Still it didn't disappoint at the time though Ash turning to stone was a little over sentimental. I guess that it holds up now because it was before the days of merchandise-baiting
Rated 24 Mar 2010
5
42nd
Nostalgia makes this watchable.
Rated 08 Apr 2011
28
6th
This rating basically amounts to me catching a movie pokemon. God, why did I have to grow up in the 90's?
Rated 08 Oct 2009
35
13th
More like Mehtwo .... ahahahahah ha ... *grabs coat*
Rated 04 Oct 2009
10
2nd
What the fuck is this
Rated 31 Jul 2009
55
45th
Nostalgic. Loved it when I was young. I used to be a big pokemon fan. Now I think it's a bit ridiculous
Rated 20 Jul 2009
60
12th
for purely nostalgic reasons
Rated 04 Jun 2009
64
30th
I was surprised at just how entertained I was. I would consider myself moderately aware of the Pokemon world but as far as kid movies go, they can be a lot worse.
Rated 07 Apr 2009
40
21st
The beginning part with Mewtwo is pretty cool, other than that its Pokemon, the TV series. What can you expect? Nothing that grand, the climax is pretty gay, but being a childrens movie oh well.
Rated 24 Feb 2009
0
2nd
The worse film ever
Rated 12 Feb 2009
35
5th
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