Excerpt: Predictable and lacking in genuine humor, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a rather trite, by-the-numbers mystery flick, but younger audiences and Pokémon-universe fans are sure to enjoy the fantasy fun.
Excerpt: Designed to cash in on the popular mobile game, this kiddie noir nevertheless sparkles with charming originality. Gentle enough for tykes but with satirical bite for grownups, too. Downright adorable.
Excerpt: There is nothing inherently mundane or repugnant about the creatures, so it must be the story. Pokémon Detective Pikachu’s part film noir, part buddy cop comedy is dull, shockingly routine, and ensures those of us unfamiliar with the realm walk away resolute we didn’t miss out on anything.
Excerpt: Director Rob Letterman and his team have done great work in making a film that brings in plenty of spectacle, throwing the audience into a world populated by humans and pocket monsters alike, without feeling burdened by explaining every aspect of it.