Ghost Rider Reviews

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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 24, 2012
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 3, 2007
Grand, empty gestures and loads of CGI effects can't cover up pure schlock. Even the character's iconically cool trademarks -- a flaming skull and a fiery chopper -- are reduced to Velveeta slices. No, damn you, sir.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 28, 2007
Nic Cage seems comfortable in the role of the flaming-skulled biker, but the plot holes are too deep even for his Herbie-like arachnid motorcycle to negotiate.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 24, 2007
Mainly the movie's about riding a bike at the speed of sound while your head is burning. They can do anything these days, which isn't quite the same as saying they should do anything these days.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 21, 2007
Not as dreadful as the studio's decision to withhold press screenings until less than 24 hours before opening day would suggest, but not especially good either.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 21, 2007
So much flatter than it was on the comic-book page.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 21, 2007
Provides just enough pop thrills and slam-bang action to make it perfectly acceptable matinee fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 21, 2007
The story doesn't arc so much as unspool like a stretch of desert highway, but the Ghost Rider is such a powerful amalgam of hot-rod iconography that this is still fairly watchable.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
February 20, 2007
The blank, frenetic exhaustion of the final reel acts like a kid who tries to snap out of a candy-binge coma by snorting lines of Pixy Stix.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 20, 2007
Rarely in Hollywood have so many labored so hard with so much time and such financial resources to fill a movie screen with as vast an array of spiritual gibberish, literary poppycock and pure flummery as Mark Steven Johnson's Ghost Rider.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 20, 2007
It's not quite a thrill ride but it isn't a total embarrassment for Cage. It's certainly no worse than Wicker Man, which depicted the actor chasing hippie chicks in a bear suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 20, 2007
Surprised as I am to concede it, Ghost Rider smokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 20, 2007
Is the world ready for a flaming Nicolas Cage?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 17, 2007
The real evil in this flick isn't Blackheart (Wes Bentley), the devil's son, it's the soul-sucking devil of modern cinema: Hollywood formula.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 17, 2007
Any potential the film had for making pop art in a contemporary manner is drained away by the familiar demands of second-tier action blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 17, 2007
An unholy mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2007
Ghost Rider has everything you don't want from your superhero movie, including lack of logic, boring action scenes, bad acting in the supporting performances, a brutally slow 114-minute running time and cringe-worthy dialogue.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 16, 2007
Every supporting character phones it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 16, 2007
Ghost Rider would have been most fun had it been made for a dime by a Roger Corman-type outfit as a quickie Gothic adventure spinning Zane Grey, Faust and Evel Knievel.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 16, 2007
This comic book adaptation is likely to flame out fast.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 16, 2007
Ghost Rider is a joke -- a monumentally foolish comic book movie with lots of unintentional laughs, mixed in with the intentional ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 16, 2007
Ghost Rider isn't good but if you catch the spirit of it, it's not terrible.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 16, 2007
Ghost Rider is the kind of movie that's great stupid fun as long as someone else is buying the tickets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
February 16, 2007
Neither contemptuous of its audience nor merely stupid, Ghost Rider's nonsensical histrionics are an almost perfect mirror of its comic-book source.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 16, 2007
The movie could have been saved, though, if it had cut the puns of the kind that made us all flee Batman and Robin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 16, 2007
You would have to be somewhere beyond deep-geek to defend Ghost Rider's unholy melding of religious mumbo-jumbo to motorcycle worship, western folklore, father-son psychology, and Elvis Lives wish fulfillment.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 16, 2007
...damned if this one shouldn't make your so-bad-it's-good list...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4