Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within



Critic Consensus: The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed.

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The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the human cast members themselves, this lavish science-fiction adventure follows closely on the heels of another video game-based film, Tomb Raider (2001). Ming-Na provides the voice of Dr. Aki Ross, a female scientist in the year 2065, a time when Earth has been overrun by extraterrestrial phantoms borne of a crashed meteor. Humans have been pushed back to … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Al Reinert, Jeff Vintar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2001
Box Office: $31.5M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Aki Ross

as Capt. Gray Edwards

as Ryan Whittaker

as Gen. Hein

as Council Member No. 1

as Council Member No. 2

as Maj. Elliot
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Critic Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (30)

I never stopped marveling at the thousands of individually delineated pores and hair strands of the heroine, but the thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly escaping death time and again is strictly for player one.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This bigscreen adaptation of the long-popular interactive computer game is visually impressive if not dramatically cool, and is marked by "acting" that is no worse than that found in the majority of sci-fi films.

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Top Critic

The human figure, however, remains a challenge to current CGI technology, since the detailing of hair and freckles, for instance, proves rather more credible than the marionette-like impression created by cold eyes and oddly unconvincing body movements.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In all its beautiful spectacle and skin-crawling ugliness, it is very much something that should be at least sampled, just for a taste of it.

Full Review… | April 27, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

First computer animated movie to "star" actors.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's possible that the effect might be different if this were not a soggy, derivative SF movie and we had more to engage and divert us.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within


Holy uncanny valley Batman!

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

The first final fantasy film ever made and it seems as though they brought the videogame, which I am not a fan of, to life. The live action movie is much more enjoyable and fun to watch, however they need to make more, really describing the outline of final fantasy, because it just places you in the middle of a random story out of the videogame!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

This sci-fi adventure, based on a popular computer game, was highly touted as the first film completely computer-generated in a photo-realistic style, and much of the animation is truly stunning. However, the story is incoherent, betraying its video-game roots, and the characters are boring; the stunning animation doesn't extend to facial expressions or lip movements.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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