• Gamers have been eager for a good video game film for decades and they finally got it with Detective Pikachu! 1 / 8

    Ryan Reynolds As Detective Pikachu
  • Of course, the title of 'best video game film' is a low bar, and Detective Pikachu isn't without its shortcomings. 2 / 8

    Detective Pikachu Battle Arena Vertical
  • The thrill is seeing live-action Pokémon is the clear draw, but Detective Pikachu never really evolves past that. 3 / 8

    Jigglypuff In Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • Since the film is based on the game of the same name, it's clear that there were limits in place to what could be done. 4 / 8

    Tim and Detective Pikachu in Game Vertical
  • Detective Pikachu is successful at times, but it's the human cast that muddies its rich world. 5 / 8

  • Mixed motives, illogical decisions, and some bad acting make some of the adventure head-scratching at times. 6 / 8

    Kathryn Newton As Lucy In Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • Still, Pokémon fans are better off with everything Detective Pikachu does. Here's hoping future films build on the formula! 7 / 8

    Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds
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