The Spirit Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 5, 2009
Every once in a while a genuine turkey escapes the coop, bereft of charm or wit, utterly lacking in technical prowess, integrity or intelligence. 'The Spirit' is such a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Tom Charity
Times [UK]
January 5, 2009
Miller shoots it in the inky graphic style of Sin City, but he clearly hasn't a clue how to stage a scene, or shoot it, and he singly fails to animate his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
January 5, 2009
Frank Miller's adaptation of the antique comic strip by Will Eisner is brash, noisy and so alarmingly ill-paced that it should, by rights, come with a software package that allows viewers to recut it as they see fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
January 5, 2009
The Spirit's greatest crime is that it is so boring - encapsulated in a scene where the Spirit and the Octopus slug it out for an eternity as both are sucked into treacly mud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 5, 2009
Miller's adaptation certainly looks impressive and the female characters are all drop-dead gorgeous in a Sin City way, but the script and story are all over the place and it never really comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
January 4, 2009
Violent, sexy superhero flick is all style, no substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Humanick
Suite101.com
January 4, 2009
[There is] no consistency or rhythm to its visual tangents, which splotch about frantically, desperately, like diarrhea spraying about the outside of its porcelain target.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
January 2, 2009
The Spirit is two hours of your life that you'll never get back.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
January 2, 2009
A movie trailer can give unintended clues as to what to expect - The Spirit's (see it on YouTube if you missed it) is one long piece of chaos. And so is the pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 1, 2009
This screen adaptation of Will Eisner's beloved comic books is intriguing enough to be watchable, but is so chaotic that it doesn't work at all
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 31, 2008
It's not just that it's obvious from the train wreck onscreen that Miller hasn't ever truly directed a movie before; it's hard to tell if he's ever even seen a movie before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 31, 2008
It makes sport of both comic books and hard-boiled detective fiction, yet it does so by utilizing and adhering to the conventions of each.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Burchette
Premiere Magazine
December 30, 2008
First, Robert Rodriguez tried to make a Frank Miller movie. Now, Frank Miller is trying to make a Frank Miller movie. (Advantage: Rodriguez.)
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2008
What is most striking about The Spirit is how little pleasure it affords, in spite of its efforts to by sly, sexy, heartfelt and clever all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
I thought it was sort of cool and corny simultaneously.
Top Critic
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
Is it campy? Or is it cool? Is it stylized? Or is it corny and cheesy? It doesn't really know.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 29, 2008
Ultimately, it's a long, incoherent mess of a film, enlivened only the the sure knowledge that the great Will Eisner's original is available to one and all at your nearest comic-book shop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
December 29, 2008
Macht's weary, fatalistic take on his heroic duties is right out of the Batman mold, while Jackson's Octopus seems little more than The Joker without all the face makeup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 29, 2008
Someone get this man a decent script.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 29, 2008
As one of the film's characters might say, there's bad. There's really bad. There's ridiculously bad. And then there's The Spirit bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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