Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) - Action, Adventure, Comedy

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In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Director: Rob Letterman
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 48 out of 374 found boring (12.83%)

One-line Reviews (219)

Detective Pikachu was an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Plot contrivances and weird things happening for no logical reason, as well as scenes which were surprisingly boring.

Overall, the film is a well-executed, light-hearted and enjoyable experience, despite its few flaws.

Also, the "big reveal" at the end was sort of predictable.

The story of course is cliche, and very very predictable: the black guy and the WOman fights the rich white man.

But when it comes the second act till the end, i pretty much enjoyed it.

This was by far one of the most enjoyable movies i've seen, would recommend it to anyone if they're not a fan of the franchise.

I quite enjoyed it

Pokémon Detective Pikachu has a convoluted plot but is still a great video game movie that's consistently funny, heartwarming and fast paced.


The movie although loses its steam around this beginning of the 3rd act, where there's this OVERLY long and boring sequence of them being on top of a Mountain Sequence, I really really wish they would've cut that down, that's mainly the biggest flaw in the film.

Very funny, lil bit mellow yet so entertaining.

All that a side, this detective never even considers going to the scene of the crime, he ends up their by accident, and everything he learns, we learn from out main character in the very next scene, so one of those moments were pointless.

They needed to make the Human characters more entertaining rather than just the Pokemon themselves.

Colour me surprised, for against all the odds and pre-conceived perceptions, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is one of the straight up most enjoyable video game adaptations of all time and a sure-fire delight to long-time fans the world over.

The film was genuinely unpredictable and kept you questioning what was going to happen which was very rare with these types of film.

The bond between Tim and Pikachu is cute and wholesome and the new live action world of Pokémon will want you living in the vibrant and exciting Ryme City.

The movie was surprisingly entertaining although towards the end it does drags a bit.

Putting all biases aside because I am a 20-something person, this movie was very entertaining and visually stunning.

Despite excellent CGI, and enthusiastic and high energy voicework from Ryan Reynolds, Pokemon Detective Pikachu suffers from an unfunny script, predictability, bland cinematography and camerawork, forgettable performances, a cut and paste story straight from Zootopia, a lack of excitement and zero fun.

I think this movie is interesting in the way that no one really knows what to expect when they go see it, but at the very least they hope for something fun, and something entertaining.

In the end, the characters and settings themselves made for an enjoyable theatre experience and I was able to forgive the way the story played itself out.

Really entertaining, all the story going well.

This film completely embraces the Pokémon lore to dish out an effectively character-driven and visually stunning mystery with a few surprises of its own.

There's almost nothing happening for most of the times, we're just watching empty streets for padding.

The ending was really unexpected.

I think it had to do with the fact that it kept adding more Pokémon to the roster, demanding more of my time, and thus, losing my interest when the plot got more confusing.

Fun filled visually engaging movie .

The plot is simultaneously simple and confusing.

The little action in the movie is very exciting and insanely fun to watch.

If the film took it's time and organized itself a bit better than it would've made for a more enjoyable film.

So this movie will be entertaining and give them that nostalgic feeling (mostly on the nostalgic side).

Although it was brave, I found it quite confusing.

DP offers an entertaining adventure from the start of the movie, giving us a "real life" look into all of our childhood fantasies of living in a world of Pokemon.

Like at the ditto fighting scene, it is a really confusing scene.

Entertaining Watch .

Movie was boring .

Worse, this movie is more concerned with making Pokemon references than actually telling an engaging story with characters worth caring about.

In these two regards it delivers, the storyline is enjoyable with a fair amount of unexpected twists and turns and a lot of imagination thrown in for good measure too.

But as a movie, it's rather boring and predictable.

Despite a miscast lead actor and slow/mistoned first act until it finds its footing and stabilizes mid-film and onwards, Det.

Aforementioned motion picture abide breathtaking remarkably seductive moreover appeals to me as something that gives me a reason to make my appendages used for support to be disabled.

Entertaining for old nostalgia, dont expect much from the story .

The second half is downhill, lacking the funny moments and one liners, so you're stuck with forgettable main character A, forgettable love interest B, forgettable villain C, generic big bad evil corporation D, and overall bland dialogue.

There's a double-twist which is incredibly predictable and there's a lot of undoing plot elements as soon as they're revealed.

It was a great movie for kids while still being entertaining for adults.

It's family safe (although a bit confusing for very young children), and it's midly entertaining, which is more than what I expected, to be honest.

Visually nice, entertaining and Reynolds kills it.

Very Enjoyable with Impressive Visuals .

The story-line felt a little but too complicated for me 6 year old daughter to follow yet was a little bit tiresome for me, despite a few attempted twists along the way.

They make up for the lack of story with great settings, think night time Tokyo neon lights, stunning special effects, and great feelings of nostalgia if you grew up watching, playing, or trading Pokémon.

Here voiced by Ryan Reynolds, in what ends up being an inspired choice of voice casting, with Reynolds bringing his wild energy and ad-libbing to the table with full force, Pikachu is the this films MVP (even if a particularly worried Psyduck and an intense Mr. Mime come close to stealing the spotlight).

His personality fit the character very well and made for an enjoyable time.

Ryan Reynolds is a natural Pikachu, but I felt the shtick got tiresome at times.

Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable movie, just not one I'll care to rehash and end up buying.

Very fun, very entertaining, very enjoy the movie .

The plot is good, but a bit predictable (gets a little wierd in the end).

It kind of took me out of the moment and I think they could have approached that scene another way, but other than that it was an overall enjoyable experience.

Visually stunning all the way through!

It's a boring movie.

The story is about a guy who's gets the news that his father has died he travels to the city his estranged father lives in and discovers a talking pikachu who was his father's pokemon the two form a partnership to discover what happened to his father what follows is about what you'd expect from a pokemon comedy movie with Mr mine jokes an underwhelming battle between Pikachu and a Charazard and other unfunny pokemon related jokes aswell as trying to jam a story into it that revolves around Mewtwo its predictable unfunny and a waste of a live action movie that could of been so much more than what amounts to a pokemon version of Ted.

Actually enjoyable .

Mildly entertaining for younger children.

But whilst all the Pokemon characters are all colourful and memorable, all the humans are just very bland by comparison.

I mean I didn't expect much seeing the plot similar to any other pokemon animated movies, but the plot was a bit extra boring.

The movie is good, not astounding or terrific, but enjoyable.

Overall a really enjoyable movie, funny and well written.

A fun, funny, and by far entertaining adaptation (even with its flaws) .

The plot was generic, as expected, and pretty predictable.

It is a huge confusing mess during the final 20 minutes.

An enjoyable watch .

Watching Pikachu on movies screen is so enjoyable!

Nevertheless, they were still entertaining.

Seeing there friendship develop was very entertaining and heartwarming to see.

Boring .

Cinematography, (Most) of the Designs and Sets are stunning.

From start to finish, all you want is to see Ryan Reynolds come up with some bizarre reference or hilarious comment to lighten up the dull scene.

Starting with what's good with the movie, it is quite entertaining.

No, it is certainly not perfect, but it is still a fairly enjoyable and fun experience.

Really boring .

The journey these two take makes for a quite enjoyable little movie, even if the story itself seems a little been-there-done-that.

The facial features of Pikachu are engrossing and they convey his emotions very well.

The movie lacks a compelling story, some of the details don't really add up, the dialogues are sometimes too juvenile, and the acting isn't all that convincing.

Adorable and Enjoyable .

However, by the end, I HIGHLY recommend it to Pokemon Fans, new and old.

Very entertaining .

If you grew up with Pokémon starting in 1998 as I did, this movie is enjoyable regardless.

Very enjoyable movie that captures the magic of the world of Pokemon .

I feel bored till half part.

Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, is of course wonderful, and every scene with him is entertaining.

Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu cracks some fun jokes now and again at the beginning of the movie, but that to me is maybe the only enjoyable thing about this film.

The story was very entertaining and didn't drag on, the pokemon are adorable and amazing and the colors are so vibrant.

Just the characters and the predictable plot were my main problems.

I kind of liked the idea of Pokemon and Humans living together, and the small snippets we see of them do jobs for people and other tasks in the background is a nice touch, but that only really appears in the first half of the movie and then it just becomes bland and generic.

But all in all, it's a must watch if you're a fan of Pokemon and unique and reasonably entertaining watch even if you're not.

What I found issue was a certain Pokemon's voice being hard to comprehend and the plot, despite trying to let the audience play detective, the movie is actually predictable.

I will give it a 7, cause it is quite entertaining, a bit boring sometimes, and does not have that memorable impact.

The plot twist ending is unexpected!

How could a Pokemon movie be so boring?

Dog poor writing and a story that is both boring to watch and makes little sense?.

Despite a slow and mistoned first act, once Pikachu and Tim meet, the rest is golden with a phenomenal buddy cop dynamics bolstered by Reynolds' SPECTACULAR Pikachu bringing his Deadpool-ish comedic delivery and irreverency/lighthearted airiness into perhaps the most iconic creature in fiction - doing him and the franchise proud while matching the film's resplendent visuals and setting.

Really unpredictable story, nice animation, and really nice story.

One of the best things I can say about the film was that it looked visually stunning in parts.

In fact, whenever it wasn't doing something Pokémon related, things would become boring.

In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit as a Pokemon fan.

The villain as well was also really engaging with an interesting plan.

I really enjoyed it.

Nicely shot and directed with cool Pokemon but the human characters are shallow and bland and share almost no chemistry with eachother.

My main issue with this movie is the predictable story.

Even without knowing much about Pokemon, this film is an immensely entertaining ride, full of plenty of gags and solid action sequences.

Worth watching .

It's fun, really entertaining and so well made.

Somewhat Predictable, Definitely Entertaining .

Ryan Reynolds Pikachu is genuinely funny, plus the animation is on point as well which overall helps the film to be engaging and a good watch for all the family.

The story was also pretty compelling, especially the twist.

My kid is a Pokemon fan, I am slightly familiar with it, but we both enjoyed it so much.

Wait until it goes on Netflix don't waste your money on this one in the theaters just go see Avengers again.

The plot was great, entertaining and a shock ending (I love not expecting things) made this movie a hit!

Detective pickachu was a fantastic,fun and unpredictable adventure that has got me excited for pokemons future in film.

Two problems in Detective Pikachu are a miscast main actor and slow/mistoned first act.

Plenty of plotholes, cringe worthy dialogue and just boring boring boring scenes where characters rehash what we already know.

The plot is dull and slow at times and the way it progresses just goes from a cliched nature to transpiring un-entertaining events.

Justice Smith portrays the only human character that has a compelling backstory and a likable personality.

I'd this movie an overall score of 8.5-9/10 because of how well it did for a video-game movie and the amazing sense of humour and immersive world which made watching it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

But still fun and entertaining.

Detective Pikachu completely embraces the Pokémon lore to dish out an effectively character-driven and visually stunning mystery with few decent surprises in store.

I sense the majority of these high reviews are symptoms of "I see Pokémon, I vote 10", because even when ignoring the late 2000s looking CGI for most of the Pokémon, 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' is a severely flawed film with a total lack of plot, interesting characters or real conflict.

The fact that you also get a reasonable mystery story, and some exciting action set pieces, that do not go into CGI overload, makes the whole thing much more enjoyable to a non-Pokemon person than you had an right to expect.

When it came to the story I thought that it did a very good job of engaging the audience in especially with the humorous parts of the film, it had me laughing to my self a numerous of times and I was able to understand the film from beginning till end.

I'd recommend watching this movie when it comes out on DVD or with a group of friends just to laugh at it in theaters but there are much better movies out there in may 2019 worth watching in theatres.

Not that I laughed my ass off or anything, but he is just very enjoyable.

My partner only have played Pokemon GO and got hella confused by this movie, she gave it only a 4 out of 10, a boring and confusing movie.

Overall a very solid and entertaining movie which captured the magic of the Pokémon world very well with engaging and entertaining characters.

Cgi is really great and I loved all the Pokemon looks but the storyline is pretty predictable and badly written.

The story is just a little bit too cliche and simple, and this movie should had focused on a kid trying to train his Pikachu.

Fun and exciting!!.

" You heard it, Detective Pikachu is a show that lives off its source material and takes it to familiar yet entertaining directions.

This movie is very entertaining.

As a bit of a fan of the Pokémon brand, I found Detective Pikachu to be an enjoyable and a nostalgic watch.

Detective Pikachu is a bright, fun and entertaining ride throughout it's 1 hour and 45 minute runtime.

Main Actor acting is dull.

Problem is that there are many 10 pointer reviews wich are confusing.

It was enjoyable to watch I will say.

This movie can make you feel like you're immersed in a living Pokemon world and alongside some exciting action sequences, this means a real visual treat is in store particularly for Pokemon fans.

The end of the movie and the "big twist" was made predictable from the first 15 minutes.

It contains a thrilling adventure and everything a good film would need.

Overall Smith and Reynold's work great together, the effects work are fun and sometimes even stunning, and this is definitely a movie for Pokemon fans.

But watching our childhood with special effects, it suddenly became enjoyable for me.

Very few laughs, loud, annoying characters and virtually NO story.

The story was rather predictable and insanely messy.

The CGI is average (Pikachu looks very good throughout the entire film), the plot is boring and predictable, and most of the acting is pretty bad.

Ryan Reynolds is fantastic as pikachu in a genuinely enjoyable film.

Plot wise the movie is nothing unique, but even with that the movie was still enjoyable mainly because of the cast who gave a good performance.

And yet sometimes the worst ideas make for the most entertaining movies.

A cyberpunk feel, buddy cop dynamics, majestic CGI, fandom service, & surprisingly-effective (albeit blockbuster) mystery make Detective Pikachu, despite a miscast lead actor & slow first act, a strong introduction to a Pokémon Cinematic Universe.

This is due to for a majority of the film it felt really slow and that it needed to pick up the pace.

It was definately interesting seeing the pokemon in the movie, seeing them interact with the citizens and seeing the roles they play is definately intersesting, but beyond the pokemons who are undoubtedly the stars the story is pretty standard and cliche.

Next the film had stunning and interesting visuals.

Teaming up with Justice Smith's blue collar insurance worker Tim Goodman to help solve the mystery of his missing father, Pikachu is a great CGI creation that faithfully and energetically brings the well-known pop culture figure to life and whenever Pikachu is sharing the screen time or front and centre to proceedings, Detective Pikachu is a breezy, fun and often exciting ride that overcomes its plot weaknesses with relative ease.

There are a number of twists and turns to the plot but they're all predictable and, to be honest, fairly cliché.

Despite not being a fan of - or, even, all that familiar with - Pokémon (I have a passing knowledge of it and I think I saw one episode of the TV series about ten years ago), I think that 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)' is an entertaining film.

This pile of junk is easily the worst movie I've been dumb enough to pay money to see in probably ten years...

It's wierd, confusing and fun.

It was funny, light hearted, action packed and not long.

Where the movie falls short is a story which becomes predictable and suffers from poor pacing.

Visually stunning..Detective pikachu is the best movie based video game ever made..ryan reynold did it well 😂

A world immersed with real life people and Pokemon living side by side is somewhat of a fantasy for the pokefans among us, so delivering this concept to us through the cinema world was, some said, thought to be a tall order....

It was boring from the first until half of its story.

One of the most straight up enjoyable video game movies of all time!

Many stupid plot holes within an uninteresting story, average fan service, an animation-style that looked like it was made on the first two PlayStation generations, unsatisfing characters with like zero understandable personal progression and humour where every 'okay' joke was followed by many more lame jokes.

Boring commercial.

He was funny and entertaining the whole way through.

A senseless, predictable and consistently dull story that upholds no imagination whatsoever.

It's a hodgepodge of elements we've seen in countless other places - take the rough outline of the Detective Pikachu video game, add a few elements from various Spider-Man flicks, and give it a couple of whirls - but the movie is more interested in mood and banter than it is in anything resembling a compelling narrative shape.

At the moment it's only ok with really enjoyable moments.

However, while the visuals are top notch, the story was a little flat and very predictable at times and rather surprisingly, Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu wasn't quite as good as the trailers lead me to hope.

Confusing and at times, bad.

Yes, Detective Pikachu does bring alot of family friendly fun and action, giving an enjoyable time for the whole family.

So entertaining .

Central to the film's success as an entertaining offering is Letterman and his team's heartfelt bringing to life of Pokémon's wild collection of crazy critters, led by the ever popular and seriously cute new imagining of everyone's favourite (rat?

The story was not in depth and yes it is geared towards older kids but it was fun, fast paced and sweet.

I missed some pokemon, and there are many repetitive pokemon's animation.

Overall Detective Pikachu is an entertaining yet predictable movie.

I judge movies by "was it a waste of time or not" (and an added bonus is if it's good or not) And this was certainly not the case.

Total target audience confusion.

It unbalances the pacing and even the tone of the movie, making it dull during some periods.

This helps because the adults who were dragged to see this movie can enjoy those jokes.

The main plot is a little confusing to follow and doesn't really explain the relevance of one character in particular who was made to be important.

Some of the worst CGI in near memory is dumped on the screen in one utterly pointless action scene you'll be hard pressed to unsee.

It's kinda boring and badly acted.

If i feel this is boring,Wait until half - end .

The central conceit of combining a noirish buddy film with a bright colorful fantasia was goofy but highly entertaining.


The plot was incredibly predictable and it wasn't that great either.

Total genre confusion.

Bad Guy plot is too predictable.

Executing all of it poorly, the movie wastes a great premise on a film that is too contrived for adults, and too creepy for kids.

Without spoiling, it's cliche to say the least.

It was engaging enough that it made me forgive most of those story beats.

Visually stunning.

Story is a bit boring.

For long time fans of the series/games you will see a somewhat predictable film with good acting, interesting characters, and plenty of nods and Easter eggs.

If you've always wanted to fall asleep in a theater, then this is the movie for you.

Not only did the movie made me live in a world with Pokémon, it was finally a live action movie based on a video game and anime that was worth watching.

I'm rarely the guy who "wants more action", but Detective Pikachu really needed more thrilling moments, preferably involving Pokémon.

It's the way they make it fun that makes for an enjoyable watch.

The plot is very predictable and the ending is horrible.

Final Say -One of 2019's genuinely nice surprises, Pokémon Detective Pikachu wonderfully brings to life a beloved property, that while aimed more directly at old fans rather than casual cinemagoers, provides a wonderfully enjoyable and colour-filled trip regardless.

And then to expect us to chug up all the pretentious dose of visual effects while compromising ourselves to understand the narration that THEY are trying to say.

Enjoyable from start to finish

By far the most original and surely entertaining video game film ever made, Detective Pikachu manages to bring the fun of its source material on the big screen in bigger waves than you thought imaginable.

It's an entertaining movie with a subpar plot and bad characters.

I'm still a fan of it in my older age, despite the games repeating the same formula and really becoming boring.

It's enjoyable for everyone and makes for a great family film.

I thought it was ambitious and nice to see the all these little fuzzy creatures come to live but its a very standard affair plot-wise and feels slow.

I'm not the biggest fan of Pokemon, however it was really enjoyable.

Also, the first act is slow and mistoned, being borderline-boring and over-dark/bleak wholly dissonant and confusingly mismatched with its core and foundational childhood transportive tone that made the franchise such a behemoth in the first place.

The movie felt a little cliched in some parts, but apart from that it was very enjoyable.

With that said, the premise of this movie is a simple detective story that ultimately may be predictable for some if you're trying to be one step ahead of the protagonists.