Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Reviews

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February 16, 2021
A thuddingly joyless experience that feels twice as long, with a leaden pace, an awful script & phoned in performances.
January 29, 2018
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.
November 17, 2016
A film that is worth rediscovering so many years after its premiere - you might have a pleasant surprise. [Full review in Spanish]
April 27, 2015
In all its beautiful spectacle and skin-crawling ugliness, it is very much something that should be at least sampled, just for a taste of it.
December 24, 2010
First computer animated movie to "star" actors.
April 12, 2010
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
It's possible that the effect might be different if this were not a soggy, derivative SF movie and we had more to engage and divert us.
April 29, 2009
Despite the utterly amazing animation and exciting action, this is nothing like its source material and is very disappointing in the end.
September 9, 2008
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.
August 19, 2007
It's a paradox--it's at once exhilarating yet exhausting, thrilling yet boring, masterful yet banal.
July 14, 2007
From a strictly visual standpoint, the film is like nothing you've ever seen. In terms of story, however, you've seen it all before.
January 26, 2006
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.
December 31, 2005
The story is well written and incredibly smart, but probably a bit too spiritual for western audiences.
January 15, 2005
Even in the world of the digitally perfect, a black man seems doomed to be a disposable sidekick, and the heroine must represent every feminist ideal at once.
November 7, 2003
It's all very complicated and makes one lose interest quickly.
October 10, 2003
All the amazing visual effects of this film couldn't save it from lame dialogue recited more stiffly than any other animated film in recent memory (couldn't they get the characters' mouths to move just a little?).
March 20, 2003
A lot of painstaking work went into this . . . Unfortunately, the main story becomes nearly incomprehensible . . . and the last ten minutes or so just feel like drudgery.
March 4, 2003
The plot itself is convoluted sci-fi fare, taking in elements of botany, biology and philosophy, but it makes more sense than Pearl Harbor and the cast seems a lot more human.
February 8, 2003
A delight, rising well above the standard animated action formula.
December 8, 2002
It looks like a video game intro.
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