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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 11, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 10, 2001
Final Fantasy joins Tomb Raider and The Phantom Menace as movies whose moronic stories are mere vehicles to get the viewer from one game-challenge sequence -- a chase through canyons, a battle with aliens -- to the next.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 16, 2001
When we see something with so little difference from humans, it just makes clearer how important that difference is.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
First computer animated movie to "star" actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
If human beings were made up entirely of eyeballs, this would be an instant classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 26, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Eric D. Snider
July 16, 2001
Darned if the thing doesn't feel like a Saturday-morning adventure cartoon stretched out to feature-length.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
The animators put in a lot of hard work here, and they should be very proud of themselves. But frankly, if Final Fantasy is the future of movies, I'm taking up macramé.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 16, 2001
By the movie's end, I was too busy sniggering at the horrible lines ... to enjoy the visuals.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 19, 2007
It's a paradox--it's at once exhilarating yet exhausting, thrilling yet boring, masterful yet banal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Arthur Lazere
July 9, 2001
The filmmakers apparently have assumed that the advance in realistic animation techniques will create character, when all it really creates are images...
Rob Blackwelder
July 10, 2001
It's more than a little frustrating to be so stimulated visually while being spoon-fed incongruous spiritual mumbo jumbo and force-fed incompatible summer action conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 10, 2001
The clumsy script spells out exposition in the most blunt terms and a brave attempt to express subtle emotions in dramatic scenes is doomed by the limitations of the technology and the animator.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 11, 2001
Apparently, about $100 billion and millions of hours of rendering cycles went into creating Dr. Beautiful's hair, and about $1.50 and a coffee break went into the script.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
As the first attempt at a photo-realistic animated movie, this is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
It's just plain bewildering.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 10, 2001
At first it's fun to watch the characters ... But then you notice a coldness in the eyes, a mechanical quality in the movements.
| Original Score: 3/5
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