Parents' Guide to

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

More infomercial than movie. For series fans only.

Movie PG 2004 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 5+

An American made cash grab disappointment

This film wasn't originally created in Japan but was pushed for by the American dubbing company 4Kids. 4Kids had success with the Pokemon movies but after the Pokemon hype took a long flop, they pushed for a theatrical film of Yu-Gi-Oh since it was very popular at the time. This movie was pushed into existence by American company 4Kids working up a script and begging the series creative team in Japan to make a movie. The result is a mediocre cash grab. It's not flat out terrible, but it is very disappointing to hardcore fans and unwatchable for non fans unless they are kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 10+

this is ok

this is not the best yugioh movie but it is kinda bad and kinda good so it is ok

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (2):

When a movie begins by telling you that "Eternity does not last forever," it's clear that no one behind it is paying much attention to the script, so you'd better not worry about it, either. Anyone who's ever seen the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, played the card game, or bought the cards knows what to expect here. The characters usually undergo some transformation or make use of a secret to attain power, almost always an attractive theme to kids.

The static visuals get tiresome quickly, and the characters are confusing to those not already familiar with them from television. The dialogue consists of a lot of boasts and threats like, "Soon worms will feast on your flesh as they feasted on mine!" Kids, especially those ages 6-10, love to memorize and sort endless facts, whether about Pokemon, dinosaurs, cars, or Beanie Babies. So parents may decide that the movie's benefits as a sort of training wheels for social interaction and a sense of mastery outweigh its shortcomings as a movie. Nevertheless, non-fans will conclude that eternity may not last forever, but this movie feels like it does.

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