Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Complicated anime will appeal mostly to die-hard fans.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Appearances can be deceiving, and the most unassuming people can have powers that aren't immediately obvious.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters are brave and loyal to each other and willing to face danger when needed.


Many animated battles involving fantasy combat with wizards, dragons, swords, and the like. In one scene, a gang of bullies intimidates a teen.


The entire movie promotes the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise, especially the trading card game. It's like a big infomercial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions is a feature-length entry in the long-running anime franchise (which includes other movies, as well as TV series, video games, and more). Fans will find much that's familiar, while those who don't know the series may have trouble following along. Characters, who are generally brave and loyal, are involved in many animated fantasy battles, with wizards, dragons, swords, and the like; there's also a scene of bullying. Expect plenty of references to the popular trading-card game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBogdan B. February 3, 2017

A very specific movie to what it's really about.

In a time when franchises try to please everyone, and even abandon old fans to please newer generations. This movie makes a stand.
It's not trying to be l... Continue reading
Adult Written byShaun M. December 15, 2017

Great movie

This movie is great and the best one in the franchise thus far. It picks up where we left off with the original cast in the original show. It's going to be... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 19, 2021


Amazing, Amazing, Amazing.
Teen, 13 years old Written byYu-Gi-Oh fan February 19, 2021

It's a great movie

There are points where I felt disturbed especially with the scenes of

What's the story?

Yugi (voiced by Dan Green) and his pals are back for more anime action in YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS. This time, they take on a rival who can travel between dimensions, adding a new level of challenge to their battles as they continue to try to solve the mysterious Millennium Puzzle.

Is it any good?

This sometimes-confusing anime movie is definitely not for Yu-Gi-Oh! newcomers. People familiar with the franchise may well be up to speed on the complicated story, but newbies will probably be puzzled without knowing the backstory. On the technical front, the animation in The Dark Side of Dimensions is sometimes impressive (and certainly colorful), and the fight scenes offer some visual thrills that will especially fun for people who recognize elements of the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. (The action involves a card-game battle, actually, that's a clear a call-out to the trading cards sold by the franchise.) On the whole, it feels like a film made for enthusiasts who may not mind its very thin material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions fits into the rest of the franchise. Do you have to know the characters/previous storyline to enjoy the movie? Why or why not?

  • What do you think of the battle scenes? Does cartoon combat feel less, or more, violent than real-life action? Which has more impact?

  • Talk about product tie-ins/marketing. How do franchises like these help sell merchandise? Is advertising harmful to kids?

  • How does this franchise compare to other anime franchises aimed at kids, like Dragon Ball Z and Bakugan? What do they have in common? How are they different?

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