Pokémon Detective Pikachu

104 mins
Poster for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

A young man teams up with Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) to find his missing father in this live... More

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu is available to stream in New Zealand... More now on YouTube and Netflix and Google TV and Apple TV Store and Neon Rentals and Academy On Demand.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu | Ratings & Reviews

"From the Game Boy RPGs and the viciously popular '90s cartoon to the Pokémon GO app that made zombies of us all, Pokémon has never stopped being relevant. It's surprising that a live-action movie has taken this long to arrive. It's even more surprising they adapted an obscure 3DS spinoff title rather than one from the core adventure series. The most surprising thing, though? Detective Pikachu is a videogame movie that doesn't suck."

Flicks, Liam MagurenFlicks

"The world's smallest and most yellow investigator helps Tim (Justice Smith) search for his father in this blockbuster Pokémon spin-off. Unfortunately Detective Pikachu is ho-hum and ham-handed."

Flicks, Luke BuckmasterFlicks

"Its box office should demonstrate fans' hunger for a more robust big-screen version of the Pokémon universe, while the disappointment needn't dissuade another team from coming along and doing it right."


"Reynolds and Pikachu make an inspired combo in a CGI/live-action mash-up that otherwise adheres to a rigidly boilerplate formula."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Fortunately, the ever-likeable Reynolds is equal to the task, channelling the savvy exuberance (but not the rude bits) of his Deadpool persona."

The TimesThe Times

"The inspired casting of the Deadpool actor transforms this from an average Pokémon movie into fun family fare."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"However, while it doesn't quite reach either the nostalgia or quality heights of this past summer's Bumblebee (currently Mr Eight's No. 1 movie), this is finally a Pokemon movie worth catching while seated alongside your kids."


"Much like its title character - an adorable little fuzzy yellow whatsit bearing the smart-aleck voice of Ryan Reynolds - "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" is an odd creation powered by contradictory impulses."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"Pokemon Detective Pikachu plays it smart by honouring the decades of lore that have made the critter-catching video game and cartoon series so beloved, while also ignoring all that to create its own unique story."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"Still, there's enough here to please both Pokemaniacs and the Poke-non."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"It's impossible to overstate how much this film owes to Ryan Reynolds. Even if you don't understand Pikachu's world, everyone can understand a great joke superbly delivered."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Pokémon Detective Pikachu | Details

PG, Violence and scary scenes
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Kids & Family
Country of origin