Ghost in the Shell Reviews

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March 30, 2017
"We cling to memories as if they define us, but they don't. What we do is what defines us." Discuss this oft-repeated line from Ghost in the Shell, with reference to Scarlett Johansson's digitally corrupted memories.
March 30, 2017
Do people even have selves? Are identities and souls just a bunch of clichés spun out by teams of screenwriters? If these questions interest you, do yourself a favor and watch the 1995 original movie.
March 30, 2017
It's somehow only fitting that with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, "Ghost in the Shell" leaves you with the feeling that something has been lost in translation.
March 30, 2017
An inert, insulting appropriation of what is one of the 20th century's most influential works of pop art.
March 30, 2017
Your head might not be spinning as you exit the theater, but your senses will be deeply and thoroughly ravished.
March 30, 2017
Casting saves the movie, notwithstanding the thorny issue of cultural appropriation.
March 30, 2017
Like its sleek, cybernetic protagonist, it's haunted by a fundamental defect -- a bug in the system -- that can't be dispelled, that doesn't pass, despite the considerable cyberpunk splendor of Sanders' eye-popping visual feast.
March 30, 2017
"Ghost in the Shell" sidesteps questions of humanity and the effect of technology on the human spirit and opts instead for boilerplate sci-fi spectacle, eschewing existentialism for predictable plot and the glittery trappings of its 21st-century carapace.
March 30, 2017
The deep-dive mythologies and intriguing moral quandaries raised by the script aren't so much explored as exploded in a flurry of high-gloss action sequences and vaguely deep koan-of-the-day dialogue.
March 30, 2017
This is a thoughtful movie that's interesting now and will probably still be interesting in 100 years, whichever way things go.
March 30, 2017
"Ghost in the Shell" owes a great deal to previous incarnations of the material, including the 1995 animated feature. But it actually feels like an organic entity, which is an odd thing to say about a movie about robots and humans with robotic upgrades.
March 30, 2017
Despite the beautiful eye-popping world it creates, the sci-fi film Ghost in the Shell is a defective mess with lifeless characters, missed chances for thematic exploration and a minefield of political incorrectness.
March 30, 2017
The filmmakers ... have put all their chips on the aesthetic. It's exhausting to watch them curate what parts of the story's Japanese origin are worth keeping and which can be discarded.
March 30, 2017
Johansson's star power all but vanishes in this jumble of science-fiction cliches.
March 30, 2017
Often visually stunning and with intriguing questions about where humanity ends and robotics begins at its heart, it nevertheless devolves into a generic action movie.
March 30, 2017
Fans of the original comics should appreciate how faithful it remains to them. It's a very pretty movie that pulls you into this futuristic world.
March 29, 2017
It's a gorgeous copy of an original, but a safe copy all the same -- a careful, calculated Bland Runner. But every so often, like the glitches in a computer program, something real, or surreal, breaks through.
March 29, 2017
For all the visual quality, it's let down by story.
March 29, 2017
No amount of whispered, meaningful monologue can hoodwink the viewer into believing that this movie is anything more than an shapely, empty vessel with delusions of existential sci-fi grandeur.
March 29, 2017
Johansson is always convincing as the robot Major ... Her acting style is just elusive or unreadable enough to make her plausible here.
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