The Detective Pikachu movie is finally out in Japan and will soon be released worldwide on May 10. Although Pokémon fans have seemingly been impressed by the film, movie critics haven’t been quite so enamored.

In his review for the AP, Mark Kennedy writes, “Call this one Pokémon Don’t Go.” Other critics panned the film for its thin plot line and poor pacing.

Overall though, it seems like those who were familiar with the franchise came out really enjoying the film—we recommend skipping the critical takes and enjoying it for the frantic, frenetic fun that it is.


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Paul studied journalism just to write better articles about Pokémon. He still resides in Tokyo, Japan.