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Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within

Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (2001)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 80

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


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 21

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



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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 141,195

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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

Oct 23, 2001


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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (80) | DVD (34)

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.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The exercise is so elaborately pointless you'd think the Pentagon had bankrolled it.

July 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A mesmerizing technical achievement.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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After you're done marveling at the characters' semirealistic way of moving and the freckles and minor imperfections that dot their skin ... it's all too easy to get hung up on the things that make them seem clumsy and awkward.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source:
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First computer animated movie to "star" actors.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Despite the utterly amazing animation and exciting action, this is nothing like its source material and is very disappointing in the end.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

It's a paradox--it's at once exhilarating yet exhausting, thrilling yet boring, masterful yet banal.

August 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

From a strictly visual standpoint, the film is like nothing you've ever seen. In terms of story, however, you've seen it all before.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

The story is well written and incredibly smart, but probably a bit too spiritual for western audiences.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Even in the world of the digitally perfect, a black man seems doomed to be a disposable sidekick, and the heroine must represent every feminist ideal at once.

January 15, 2005 | Comment (1)
Looking Closer

It's all very complicated and makes one lose interest quickly.

November 7, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

A lot of painstaking work went into this . . . Unfortunately, the main story becomes nearly incomprehensible . . . and the last ten minutes or so just feel like drudgery.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source:

The plot itself is convoluted sci-fi fare, taking in elements of botany, biology and philosophy, but it makes more sense than Pearl Harbor and the cast seems a lot more human.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A delight, rising well above the standard animated action formula.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It looks like a video game intro.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Visually stunning computer-animated sci-fi flick that unfortunately betrays its video-game origins with poor characterisation, an appalling script and a badly thought-out plot.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The cityscapes, action sequences and phantoms and the sheer scale of the film are jaw-dropping.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Just when you think you've seen every computer trick and gimmick that can possibly stick to a screen, along comes a new advance that puts the 'special' back in special effects.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

It's just plain bewildering.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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The truth is, I have never seen a movie with this much exposition, and I still have no idea what was going on most of the time.

July 24, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within

Holy uncanny valley Batman!
December 28, 2011

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!
October 1, 2010
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.
March 17, 2010
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I think I saw this. It obviously wasn't too memorable though, even though the effects were top notch.
September 16, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Gray Edwards: [the group in a holding cell] Come on, Neil! Think! You're our guy. Get us out of here!
    2. Neil Fleming: Captain, the walls are TITANIUM ALLOY and the bars are PULSONIC LASERS! It's not like I can wave a magic wand and-- [the lazers phase out by themselves]
    3. Gray Edwards: Neil, I'm impressed.
    4. Neil Fleming: That makes two of us!
    – Submitted by Kris R (2 years ago)
    1. Gray Edwards: You've been trying to tell me that death isn't the end. Don't back out on me now that I believe.
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Sid: Remember what happened to Galileo? They threw him in jail because he said the earth was not the center of the universe. That could happen to us.
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
    1. Aki Ross: This mission was well worth the lives of you and your men.
    2. Jane Proudfoot: Men?
    3. Ryan Whittaker: She thinks you're a man.
    4. Jane Proudfoot: I think she's an idiot.
    5. Neil Fleming: I know you're not a man.
    6. Jane Proudfoot: I think YOU'RE an idiot too.
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
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