• Released
  • April 10, 2009
  • PG , 1 hr 40 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 372 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A young warrior (Justin Chatwin) must collect a series of mystical objects.

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70

The New York Times

By Nathan Lee
May or may not appeal to fans of the Japanese fantasy franchise it is based on, but aficionados of apocalyptic teenybopper kung fu...
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70

Village Voice

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Far more entertaining than it deserves to be, unless you're a 10-year-old boy, in which case it's only the greatest movie ever made.
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50

Boston Globe

Nearly all the actors seem to be having a good time, and the action moves so fast that you don't mind when something nuts happens.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

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Marvel at the fact that something this trippy made it to our local multiplex.
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50

Variety

A popular Japanese manga series gets a pleasing if paint-by-numbers live-action makeover in Dragonball Evolution, which half-heartedly...
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42

The A.V. Club

By Tasha Robinson
The film is crammed with treats for old-school "Dragonball" fans, from the inclusion of all these characters (who don't actually do much) to...
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Bottom line: costumed Goku and Chi Chi cosplayers may argue the finer points of this adaptation, but it is fairly dazzling it its own...
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40

Los Angeles Times

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Director James Wong ("Final Destination") and writer Ben Ramsey are utterly blasé in their approach to the series' mythology and structure,...
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38

TV Guide

Just know there's a whole lot more great stuff out there than just what Evolution has in store for you -- namely, the anime that it was...
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Completely lacking in visual, narrative or stylistic coherence, the film also suffers from cheap-looking visual effects and poorly staged...
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Rated PG | For intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Movie based on anime series has lots of martial arts action.
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