* ClicheStorm: There's an eclipse, an apocalyptic showdown, ancient sealed powers, an ordinary high school student, a Chosen One prophecy, and a tragically dead parent figure. But eclipse, ordinary high school student, and prophecy aside, this [[MisBlamed isn't the fault of the adaptation]]; just about all of the rest is present in the original anime and manga. Then again, the anime didn't attempt to squeeze "all of the rest" in at once.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The choice of Japanese singer AyumiHamasaki for the theme song was one of the best decisions the movie makers made.
** Music/BrianTyler's musical score also gets a lot of praise.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: General agreement among fans is that the best qualities of the film (other than Brian Tyler's epic score) are the delightfully hamtastic Piccolo (as played by Creator/JamesMarsters) and Roshi (as played by Chow Yun-Fat).
** [[ActionGirl Chi Chi]] too, especially after Jamie Chung received RetroactiveRecognition in other works.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Naturally, it did well in Asia (outside of Japan where it lost to ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''), going number one early on before dropping off. It should be noted that it was number one for several ''weeks'' at Asian box offices, and while the reception was mixed it is still rather popular and well-liked outside the US.
* HamAndCheese: James Marsters as Piccolo and Chow Yun-Fat as Roshi were ''awesome'' casting choices.
* Narm: The line "The first rule is... there are no rules." is absolutely laughable for some because it didn't convey any sense on what is said.
* NeverLiveItDown: The movie itself earned a reputation by Dragonball fans and generally, the anime and manga fandom as a terrible Hollywood live-action adaption of a very popular anime franchise. Because of this, the fandom would remain skeptic on Hollywood's attempt on adapting manga and anime into the big screen. The reception of ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' might have change this view but it is still not enough to change the fandom's perception.
* SoBadItsGood: Most of the reactions were negative, even from those who never saw the animated series. That said, it can be [[SnarkBait enjoyable]]. A small minority think it [[SoOkayItsAverage was a decent film in its own right]], to the point it could be considered an okay film had it not had the Dragonball name. And as stated above, alot of people in Asia love the film.
* SpecialEffectFailure: See what Goku's head collided with when grandpa Gohan knocked him off. Sure, he was falling pretty fast, but melons shouldn't be THAT soft, should they? Also in the previous scene, one of Goku's kicks didn't even touch his granpda. [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_kick Force Kick]] in effect? The 2 consecutive failures can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRlMwC3Q-Do one video]].
*** In Goku's case, in the series, he was known for having a rather hard head.
** There's also that one scene with Goku and Piccolo in a Ki blast struggle... that ends with Goku shooting himself towards Piccolo with no propulsion whatsoever and in the same Kamehameha firing pose.
** There's also a bad case of StyrofoamRocks towards the end of the movie. You'll know it when you see it.
** And let's not get started with either the obviously fake ape suit substituting for Oozaru or the wretched CG used throughout.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Though, at least ''one'' person cared. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZKD5r_5GQ0 According to the script-writer]], his original script was a much more faithful adaptation of the original, complete with Pilaf and his gang, Oolong, Pu'ar, the Nimbus, etc. Unfortunately, the script was changed a ''lot'' once it was out of his hands. To the point where he felt the need to issue the above-linked apology for the final product.
* WTHCastingAgency: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ernie]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Hudson]] as movie exclusive character Sifu Norris.