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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Reviews

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.
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.
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.
July 18, 2001
The exercise is so elaborately pointless you'd think the Pentagon had bankrolled it.
July 16, 2001
A mesmerizing technical achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 13, 2001
After you're done marveling at the characters' semirealistic way of moving and the freckles and minor imperfections that dot their skin ... it's all too easy to get hung up on the things that make them seem clumsy and awkward.
July 13, 2001
The only reason to see Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is to gaze in amazement at what the future of film may hold. It's not a particularly good movie, but it's a movie that may change the movies.
July 12, 2001
Moviegoers accustomed to Hollywood action probably won't find this contemplative adventure so appealing.
July 12, 2001
Has the stolidness of a video game, from which it is derived.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 12, 2001
Fast-paced and highly watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2001
The too-smooth skin, the too-tidy hair, the slightly wooden way the characters move -- all of the elements that nudge them from the realm of the ordinary -- only serve to heighten the sense that everything on screen deserves our utmost attention.
July 11, 2001
The sight of these characters getting romantic is about as involving as watching two expensive mannequins kissing in a Macy's window.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 11, 2001
Predictable, nonsensical plot, laughably lame dialogue and a surfeit of cloying environmentalist piety.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2001
At least the movie tries not to come across like a video game that you can't play.
July 11, 2001
Is Final Fantasy decent sci-fi? Yes, more than decent.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2001
Like Dr. Ross and her companions, the movie artfully mimics life without ever truly living.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2001
Sooner or later, viewers have to ask themselves: If they were to do this film with live actors, would it be worth seeing?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2001
A technical milestone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 11, 2001
Optically stunning, emotionally cold.
July 11, 2001
Digital technology allows man to create man in his own image with greater sophistication than ever before, and the 'man' he creates is a bore.
July 11, 2001
Narratively, thematically, this is a dismissible picture, just another in a long and forgettable line of silly action flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2001
As monotonous as Muzak, and when it comes to the plot, both bewildering and trite.
July 11, 2001
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within raises the bar for computer-generated imagery, then leaps over it.
July 10, 2001
A movie that doesn't quite know what it wants to be.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2001
Has the capacity to inspire awe, but it's still a rough draft.
July 10, 2001
A faux-spiritual spectacle that goes on about Guya and spirit waves, all the while delighting in its own big guns and displaying nary a clue about weaving a cogent tale.
July 10, 2001
Great animation, third-rate plot, but it still appeals to the geek within.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 9, 2001
Truly robotic storytelling and laughably artificial dialogue.