Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

2001, Animation/Sci-fi, 1h 46m

144 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Blurring the lines between reality and computer animation, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is the first feature-length motion picture that brings vivid photoRealism to computer-generated, human characters. The thrilling, futuristic action-adventure pits the earth and its people against the ultimate enemy - mysterious aliens that steal the energy from all living things on the planet.

Cast & Crew

Ming-Na
Doctor Aki Ross
Voice
Alec Baldwin
Captain Gray Edwards
Voice
Ving Rhames
Ryan
Voice
Peri Gilpin
Jane
Voice
Donald Sutherland
Doctor Cid
Voice
James Woods
General Hein
Voice
Keith David
Council Member #1
Voice
Jean Simmons
Council Member #2
Voice
Matt McKenzie
Major Elliot
Voice
Jun Aida
Producer
Chris Lee
Producer
Elliot Goldenthal
Original Music
Richard Rudolph
Music Supervisor
Katsuhiko Toyota
Associate Producer
Jack Fletcher
Casting
Andy Jones
Animation Director
Deirdre Morrison
Line Producer
Gary Mundell
Computer Graphics Supervisor
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Critic Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (80)

  • First computer animated movie to "star" actors.

    December 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 12, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 9, 2008
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The heroes, though eye-poppingly rendered, remain emotionally as one-dimensional as any computer-game avatar.

    May 9, 2002 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The story is adequate, if familiar, but after half an hour relapses into cliche.

    August 10, 2001 | Full Review…
  • First computer animated movie to "star" actors.

    December 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 12, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 9, 2008
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A thuddingly joyless experience that feels twice as long, with a leaden pace, an awful script & phoned in performances.

    February 16, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In two, three years, this movie will look as clunky as The Jazz Singer did by the early Thirties. But it will remain a crucial document in cinematic evolution, a pioneer cyberflick, a film without a single real actor.

    January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

  • Jan 03, 2013
    With groundbreaking animation, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within delivers the first photorealistic computer animated feature. However, the story is insanely bizarre; alien ghosts are attacking humanity and threatening the planet's Gaia. Yet the animation is amazing, delivering some truly astounding visuals. And the film is well cast, and includes Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, and James Woods. But as interesting as the film is, the story drags it down. Still, despite its issues, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an amazing technical achievement, and is a fun and entertaining science fiction film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2012
    I don't know why they couldn't just have made a Final Fantasy movie instead of this awful hippie idealism meets Sci Fi abortion.
    Mace R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    Compared to the best anime films this isn't as good but as a stand alone film it would have been way better. By that I mean if this was live action and had nothing to do with anime then I would have gotten a higher rating. This featured a great story with great emotion. I have no idea what the critics are saying. I think they're just mad because this is a huge franchise. I'm not a fan mostly because I don't play video games anymore. The only thing I like about this is Steve Buscemi's voice acting. That last scene was emotional and moving so don't listen to the critics.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    Surprisingly good. I'm personally not a fan of the Final Fantasy games (truth be told, I can't stand them). Thankfully, unlike the Advent Children film, this has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Final Fantasy series except for its name, so needless to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It has a cool plot, even if it is difficult to understand at times. The CGI is dated but still cool looking, and the action is pretty cool. The cast is surprisingly star-studded, so that's a great addition to this film as well.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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