Ghost in the Shell

Critics Consensus

Ghost in the Shell boasts cool visuals and a compelling central performance from Scarlett Johansson, but the end result lacks the magic of the movie's classic source material.

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Total Count: 280

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In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, "The Ghost in the Shell."

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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell

All Critics (280) | Top Critics (44)

  • Sadly, as the plot proceeds, Sanders begins to duck ... bothersome concepts. He picks a more sentimental path, which leads Major, following the example of Jason Bourne, on a quest to discover who she truly is.

    Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It gets bogged down in aesthetics that are stimulating only for the sake of stimulation, seemingly without a flicker of thought behind them. Shell indeed, but there's no ghost at home.

    Mar 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A flimsy copy of a copy, one that recreates some of the anime's set-pieces nearly shot for shot, but then pares away nearly everything else that made the original a classic.

    Mar 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action.

    Mar 31, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Ghost in the Shell is visually compelling but tone deaf.

    Mar 31, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It only works up much feeling when it is trying to defend itself against protests that might affect its bottom line. You won't be much moved by that either.

    Mar 31, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell

  • Apr 07, 2018
    The real life version of the classic anime film can rely on a pretty neat production design and decent enough effects. The action works too, but it's getting rare at some point throughout the film. Instead it is trying to raise supposedly philosophical questions about identity and what makes us human. That's neither particularly new nor ground breaking. In the end that makes for a rather mediocre experience that can't entirely satisfy on any level.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2017
    Scarlett Johansson stars in the sci-fi techno-thriller Ghost in the Shell. The story follows a cyborg named Major Mira who works for an elite police task force that's tracking a cyber terrorist, but the investigation takes a strange turn when Mira starts experiencing glitches and begins to question her memories. Unfortunately Johansson gives a rather lackluster performance, and the rest of the cast pretty weak. Also, the plot is convoluted and drops the audience into a strange dystopic future without taking the time to explain any of it. However, the film has an incredibly rich and stylistic visual aesthetic. The costume and set designs, along with the special effects, make for a remarkably interesting futuristic look. And the action scenes are dynamic and well-choreographed. Yet while it's entertaining and a marvel to look at, Ghost in the Shell is a mess of a film that's formulaic and full of stereotypical sci-fi tropes.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2017
    Not amazing but far from disappointing.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Rupert Sanders spends a lot of time on the visuals, both painstakingly recreating images from the '95 film and creating new ones . . . unfortunately everything else suffers, from the lackluster script to the lifeless performances this mostly seems like a missed opportunity.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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