Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

  • Review Date: November 10, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

More infomercial than movie. For series fans only.
  • Review Date: November 10, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness

Constant cartoon violence.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

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


Like an infomercial for tie-in products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reference to wine spritzers.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 13, 2004
DVD release date:November 16, 2004
Cast:Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Wayne Grayson
Directors:Hatsuki Tsuji, Ryusoke Takahashi
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:scary combat and monster images

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Teen, 15 years old Written byJacob Haimovitz November 23, 2012

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Pyramid of Light is too scary for kids

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is too scary for kids because it's about monster duel and the pyramid of light that will scare kids. You don't want your kids playing monster duel, it's too dangerous. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is Pyramid of Light! In the beginning Yugi solved the puzzle and the shadow games begin for the pyramid of light. Pyrmaid of Light is too scary for kids, Pyramid of Light has monsters, mummies, anubis-egyptian lord of the dead, and much more that will scare kids!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byMildred Anderson July 10, 2012

I'd rather have my kids watch this than Pokemon.

I remember accompanying my 18 year old, and a bunch of her friends to see this film back in the day, I must admit, I'd rather have my kids fangirling on the Yu-Gi-Oh series than Pokemon. At least the merchandise to this show is worth paying for, unlike other usless toys that don't require a know-how.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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 "the heart of the cards" symbolizes faith. Mild violence.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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