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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: 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: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 111,522


Movie Info

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

PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
David S. Goyer
In Theaters:
Jun 12, 2012
Box Office:
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

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.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

That mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Top Critic

A schlocky, derivative, and incredibly ridiculous sequel.

Full Review… | December 17, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is too awful and cheesy to recommend to anyone, even the most diehard superhero fans.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
We Got This Covered

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?

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

An atrocious sequel...

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2012

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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Only a marginal improvement over the leaden first film, with Idris Elba providing a number of the film's few bright spots.

Full Review… | May 27, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
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.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2012

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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2012
The Popcorn Junkie

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012

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

Full Review… | March 15, 2012

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

Full Review… | March 11, 2012

Audience Reviews for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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

Nick Dohy
Nick Dohy

Super Reviewer

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Quotes

Ray Carrigan:
I was never afraid of you.
– Submitted by Connor N (10 months ago)
Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider:
He's scraping at the door!
– Submitted by Matthew H (17 months ago)
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 (2 years ago)
Changing the defining terms of an agreement is something we just don't do.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
I can still see the light.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
You! Worst fucking deal I've ever made.
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)

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