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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 93

With a weak script, uneven CG work, and a Nic Cage performance so predictably loony it's no longer amusing, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aims to be trashy fun but ends up as plain trash.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

With a weak script, uneven CG work, and a Nic Cage performance so predictably loony it's no longer amusing, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aims to be trashy fun but ends up as plain trash.



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Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. In this gritty new vision for the character, directed by Neveldine/Taylor (Crank), Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil... and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. -- (C) Sony

Jun 12, 2012


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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (93) | DVD (10)

This is a boring movie. The over-the-top outlandishness can't disguise that the whole 95 minutes represent one big snooze-fest.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (6)
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Whether Cage is still paying off castles, appeasing the IRS, or rebuilding his comic book collection, it's clear he's decided, for now, to trade his talent for cold, hard cash.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (12)
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Spirit of Vengeance is weighted down for long stretches in the middle, as it starts to treat its own religious hokum plotline with undue seriousness.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Shot in Romania and Turkey, the scenery is terrific and gives you something to watch other than this confusing mess. Johnny Blaze, you're just a candle in the wind, mate.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (8)
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The film, though, has some redeeming qualities, including the presence of Idris Elba as the obligatory good guy, who encourages Johnny to get Danny into the protective custody of a religious order.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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That mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (7)
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A schlocky, derivative, and incredibly ridiculous sequel.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is too awful and cheesy to recommend to anyone, even the most diehard superhero fans.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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This is destined for a place at the bottom of the pile come the end of the year, but in all honesty, did anyone really expect anything good out of a movie about a guy with a flaming skull going around killing people?

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

In terms of stupid, dumb, no-brainer comic-book films, they don't come much stupider, dumber and no-brainier than this.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

There are flashes of Neveldine/Taylor's self-deprecating sense of humor also, but even those can't overcome a story that's completely inert and uninvolving.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

As a B-grade horror/action hybrid, and the lowered expectations that come with that description, it's a very fun experience.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

An atrocious sequel...

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Ghost Rider only excels when it embraces the gonzo direction of directors Neveldine and Taylor. Sadly though, the film seems to be pumping its brakes more than riding with a vengeance.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Save your money. Read "The Devil and Daniel Webster" or "Doctor Faustus." Listen to Robert Johnson. Or just be a decent human being, so you'll never have the devil to pay.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Only a marginal improvement over the leaden first film, with Idris Elba providing a number of the film's few bright spots.

May 27, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

All things being equal, I would rather have seen Crank 3D.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

Campy humor and excellent visual effects help star and ever perplexing Nicholas Cage, who once won an Oscar.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

"The prophecy says the ritual will take place ..." tells you that this movie was entirely dictated by location. The ritual could take place in the middle of Times Square and it would still end up looking like it was shot in an anonymous Romanian nightclub.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:

A goofy, gonzo thrill ride, Vengeance is a bad movie sequel so bad it's good -- a bad movie that's almost a great bad movie.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

An unwanted sequel to one of the worst comic book films ever made blasts onto the screen with such assaultive energy that memories of its predecessor are incinerated from your brain.

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comments (3)

Beyond the action there isn't much going on. It has a dud plot that attempts to reboot the story of the character. Cage revels in his own insanity and you have to wonder if the guy gives a crap anymore.

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Astonishing effects, brilliant production design, great locations, relentless pace and some wry lines well delivered give the film excellent entertainment value

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (13)
Urban Cinefile

Although Spirit of Vengeance never reaches the madcap heights of Neveldine/Taylor's unhinged Crank, it's an inventive, wonderfully weird, and surprisingly focused one-shot comic-book adventure.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Every action scene serves as an oasis, sparsely scattered in the desert of B-movie dullness.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

"Ghost Rider" is coming to suck out your soul. Or, at least $14 from your wallet. Paul Chambers, CNN.

March 11, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

Audience Reviews for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

three stars
January 26, 2014
MisterYoda ?

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A fantastic movie no matter what critics may say! Full throttle action scenes and some fantastic acting. Some lines may be cheesy but hey, what the heck, its a superhero movie! This movie is definitely worth seeing, and a great opening to the Comic Book Movie season of 2012
April 5, 2013
Nick Dohy

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With the somewhat-incoherency of directors Neveldine & Taylor, Spirit of Vengeance is much more weaker than its already failing predecessor. The tiring script and mostly a predictably performance from its cast, including its protagonist in Nicolas Cage, makes waste of this satanic Marvel anti-hero. 1/5
December 31, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Mark Steven Johnson was an odd choice of director for the first Ghost Rider, I suppose Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor were more obvious choices but they've not come a long way since Crank, they now seem to be the go to guys for 'in your face effects at the expensive of any real substance'. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a better film than the first due to its better effects and darker character. The skull looks better. The story is however and 50/50 balance of ridiculous and dull. Dare I say it, the first film had more going for it story-wise. The only bits of this film I really enjoyed were the comedy moments but then I'm not sure they were intentional. The ending got so stupid and confusing that I just didn't care anymore and I wanted it to end. One star for effects.
December 5, 2012

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    1. Ray Carrigan: I was never afraid of you.
    – Submitted by Connor N (9 months ago)
    1. Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider: He's scraping at the door!
    – Submitted by Matthew H (16 months ago)
    1. Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider: It doesn't matter how far you run. There are some demons you just can't escape. [flames roar]
    – Submitted by James W (23 months ago)
    1. Roarke: Changing the defining terms of an agreement is something we just don't do.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
    1. Moreau: I can still see the light.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
    1. Roarke: You! Worst fucking deal I've ever made.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)
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