Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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More infomercial than movie. For series fans only.
  • PG
  • 2004
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some stereotyping. A female character is the only one to cry when an attack begins.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One girl character is loyal and brave, but when the creatures attack, she's the only one who cries and is incapable of fighting back.

Violence

Constant cartoon violence.

Sex
Language

Some schoolyard language ("blow chunks," etc.)

Consumerism

Like an infomercial for tie-in products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reference to wine spritzers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of cartoon violence -- some scary-looking creatures face off against each other, including monsters and decaying mummies. There are a lot of meaningful glares and lightning-type bolts shooting out between the characters, but even those who are defeated and seem to evaporate turn out not to be gone for good. Human characters are in peril, too, and sometimes seem to be hurt, but again it's only temporary and there are no serious or graphic injuries. One girl character is loyal and brave, but when the creatures attack, she's the only one who cries and is incapable of fighting back. Some mild schoolyard language like "blow chunks," as well as many threats, insults, and boasts. A somewhat decadent character refers to wine spritzers and is so effete that some viewers may wonder if he's supposed to be a stereotyped gay man.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymeiterumimizukage June 3, 2012

You don't need to watch the anime to enjoy this movie. For teens and kids only.

Educational, cause the card game involves strategies, thinking, and reasoning. The main characters are positive role-models of friendship and trust and "th... Continue reading
Adult Written by003.5 February 5, 2010

Just watch the LittleKuriboh version.

This was a disgrace against a children's card game with a debilitating 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Even serious fans should only watch the abridged editi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bywho3697cares April 24, 2009
A movie I won't even bother watching to know it is terrible. An example of how movies and commercials seem to have blended together into the same thing, la... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byoscarteen132003 April 9, 2008
Yu-Gi-Oh! The movie is a movie based on the popular child cartoon series on WB. The movie is for fans only unless you want to fall asleep of boredom. When you s... Continue reading

What's the story?

Less a movie than an infomercial, YU-GI-OH! THE MOVIE, like the TV show, follows the story of champion card-player Yugi (voiced by Dan Green), who can access the power of an ancient pharaoh to help him triumph over all who challenge him. His perennial nemesis is wealthy Kaiba (Eric Stuart), who doesn't realize that his spirit has been captured by the spirit of the pharaoh's evil enemy, Anubis (Scottie Ray). Five thousand years ago, the pharaoh vanquished Anubis for what he thought was eternity.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' view that there's nothing more powerful than friendship. Do you agree? Families might also enjoy looking for the movie's many references to other movies, including On the Waterfront, The Godfather, and The Wizard of Oz.

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