Pokémon Detective Pikachu 1.0 stars

Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie poster

For a while, the first live-action Pokemon movie’s achievements are enough: first and foremost among them, Ryme City, a vibrant urban world in which Pokemon and people live cheek-by-jowl and it doesn’t seem unbearably weird or impossible. (Nor does it seem morally complicated, since the city’s residents have gotten past that whole “gotta catch ‘em all, store ‘em in a globular prison, and then make ‘em fight each other” mindset.) Second, a mystery that plays like a Young Person’s Introduction to the Great Private Eye Stories of Yesteryear. All the requisite elements, cleaned up just enough to make ‘em kid-friendly: your illegal drugs, your violent underworld, your feisty dame, your powerful interests, and your story of a tragic death that somehow doesn’t quite ring true. And speaking of cleaned-up: Ryan Reynolds manages to find Deadpool’s sweet inner child for his role as the amnesiac-but-still-wisecracking Detective Pikachu. So yes, there are virtues to set against the strange emotional flatness (there’s never a sense of danger, and there should be), the big mid-movie slowdown (shoulda trimmed it to 90 minutes, tops), and the wheels-off-the-bus final act with its loopy Big Reveals and goopy Big Emotions. Maybe kids will love it. But I’m guessing that once Reynolds’ adorable schtick wears thin, they’ll be waiting for it to end. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, May 22

1:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:40pm, 4:10pm, 6:45pm, 7:40pm, 9:20pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:00am, 11:45am, 1:40pm, 4:10pm, 6:45pm, 7:40pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:00am, 11:45am, 1:40pm, 4:10pm, 6:45pm, 7:40pm, 9:20pm

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

1:15pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:35am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:00am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:10pm

Wednesday, May 22

2:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:50pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, May 23

1:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:50pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:15am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:50pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:00pm

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-646-9423 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:45am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:00am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:40pm, 7:50pm, 8:55pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:15am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:40pm, 7:50pm, 8:55pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:15am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:40pm, 7:50pm, 8:55pm

Thursday, May 23

10:15am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:20pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:55am, 1:30pm, 4:05pm, 6:35pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:25am, 2:20pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:45pm

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:20pm, 2:10pm, 2:30pm, 2:50pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 6:00pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:45pm, 9:40pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:10am, 11:40am, 12:20pm, 2:10pm, 2:30pm, 2:50pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 6:00pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:45pm, 9:40pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:10am, 11:40am, 12:20pm, 2:10pm, 2:30pm, 2:50pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 6:00pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:45pm, 9:40pm, 10:20pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:50pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm, 7:30pm, 8:10pm, 9:10pm, 10:15pm, 10:55pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:00am, 12:05pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:50pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm, 7:30pm, 8:10pm, 9:10pm, 10:15pm, 10:55pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:00am, 12:05pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:50pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm, 7:30pm, 8:10pm, 9:10pm, 10:15pm, 10:55pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:00am, 1:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:00am, 1:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, May 23

11:00am, 2:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, May 23

12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:30pm, 2:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:40am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:40am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, May 23

10:40am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:35pm, 1:50pm, 2:25pm, 3:05pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm, 5:30pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 9:35pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:10am, 11:20am, 12:35pm, 1:50pm, 2:25pm, 3:05pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm, 5:30pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 9:35pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:10am, 11:20am, 12:35pm, 1:50pm, 2:25pm, 3:05pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm, 5:30pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 9:35pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, May 23

10:10am, 11:20am, 12:35pm, 1:50pm, 2:25pm, 3:05pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm, 5:30pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 9:35pm, 10:25pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:20pm, 9:45pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:20pm, 9:45pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, May 23

12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 8:40pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:10pm, 1:50pm, 3:10pm, 4:35pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:50pm, 3:10pm, 4:35pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:50pm, 3:10pm, 4:35pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, May 23

11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:50pm, 3:10pm, 4:35pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:10pm, 3:55pm, 6:45pm

Tuesday, May 21

1:10pm, 3:55pm, 6:45pm

Wednesday, May 22

1:10pm, 3:55pm, 6:45pm

Thursday, May 23

1:10pm, 3:55pm, 6:45pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:30am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:30am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:55pm, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:15pm, 6:35pm, 8:00pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:55am, 12:55pm, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:15pm, 6:35pm, 8:00pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:55am, 12:55pm, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:15pm, 6:35pm, 8:00pm, 9:25pm

Thursday, May 23

11:55am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:20pm, 5:15pm, 5:50pm, 8:35pm, 9:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:45am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:45am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, May 23

11:45am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 10:20pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:10pm, 2:10pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:50pm, 10:00pm, 10:40pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:20am, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:50pm, 10:00pm, 10:40pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:20am, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:50pm, 10:00pm, 10:40pm

Santee Drive In

10990 Woodside Avenue North, Santee, 619-448-7447 | Directions

Monday, May 20

8:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:20am, 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:20am, 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23

12:20am, 8:00pm

South Bay Drive In

2170 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, 619-423-2727 | Directions

Monday, May 20

8:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

8:30pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:15pm

Thursday, May 23

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

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