Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 27, 2015
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
First computer animated movie to "star" actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2010
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 12, 2010
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Despite the utterly amazing animation and exciting action, this is nothing like its source material and is very disappointing in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 9, 2008
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.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 19, 2007
It's a paradox--it's at once exhilarating yet exhausting, thrilling yet boring, masterful yet banal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
John Venable
Supercala.com
December 31, 2005
The story is well written and incredibly smart, but probably a bit too spiritual for western audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
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.
| Original Score: C
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 7, 2003
It's all very complicated and makes one lose interest quickly.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
March 4, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
A delight, rising well above the standard animated action formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It looks like a video game intro.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
The cityscapes, action sequences and phantoms and the sheer scale of the film are jaw-dropping.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
It's just plain bewildering.
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