Ghost in the Shell Reviews

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April 3, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
It's unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action.
March 31, 2017
Ghost in the Shell is visually compelling but tone deaf.
March 31, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
A hot mess of a philosophical cyber-thriller....Some cool visuals, though.
March 31, 2017
What's missing, besides narrative drive, is the existential angst at the anime's heart: the titular ghost in the shell is the soul, the humanity, resident in the surviving human brain planted in an electric Barbie Doll.
March 31, 2017
Splendid-looking but otherwise dreadful
March 31, 2017
'All shell, no ghost' is a low-hanging-fruit diss. It's also apt.
March 31, 2017
At times, Ghost in the Shell is beautiful, even stunning. But these visual pleasures can't mask the narrative emptiness.
March 31, 2017
You want to forgive it just because it looks so good. And you can, to a point. But like those holographic giants towering above the city, it's mostly just digital noise, visually impressive, but soulless.
March 30, 2017
With its killer-robot geishas, Godzilla-size hologram ads and nearly nude fighting gear, it's a cyberpunk wonderland - but there isn't much ghost left in this smokin' hot shell.
March 30, 2017
The genius of Ghost in the Shell is that you don't have to care about cyborg-anything to enjoy it. In fact, you'll probably enjoy it more that way.
March 30, 2017
Johansson's Kubrickian performance and the technical precision of the camera make its artifice seem almost haunting.
March 30, 2017
Just about every scene in Ghost in the Shell is a visual wonder to behold -- and you'll have ample to time to soak in all that background eye candy, because the plot machinations and the action in the foreground are largely of the ho-hum retread variety.
March 30, 2017
[A] visually cluttered yet often disappointingly drab movie.
March 30, 2017
Low on ghost; big on shell -- Ghost in the Shell is eminently forgettable but often fantastic to look at.
March 30, 2017
When stone-faced Japanese actor "Beat" Takeshi Kitano is the most human element in your movie, something's wildly wrong.
March 30, 2017
The new Ghost in the Shell is a lot more coherent than the old one. Both a nightmarish body horror-movie and a hard-boiled conspiracy thriller, it slots in plenty of images and scenes from the anime, while forging a narrative of its own
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