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Ghost Rider (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Ghost Rider is a sour mix of morose, glum histrionics amidst jokey puns and hammy dialogue.

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When a motorcycle-riding stuntman offers his soul to Mephistopheles in order to save the life of the one he loves most, he is forced to play host to a powerful supernatural entity whose flaming skull visage strikes fear into the heart of his enemies in this feature-film version of the long-running comic series. By day, Johnny Blaze (actor and comic-book devotee Nicolas Cage) is one of the world's best-known stuntmen, but when the sun goes down and he is in the presence of evil, the death-defying daredevil bursts into flames to become the indestructible, motorcycle-riding antihero known to the world as the Ghost Rider. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for horror violence and disturbing images)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
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Box Office:
$115,802,596.00
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Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
Eva Mendes
as Roxanne Simpson
Wes Bentley
as Blackheart
Sam Elliott
as Caretaker
Peter Fonda
as Mephistopheles
Matt Long
as Young Johnny Blaze
Brett Cullen
as Barton Blaze
Raquel Alessi
as Young Roxanne Simpson
Tony Ghosthawk
as Team Blaze No. 1
Hugh Sexton
as Team Blaze No. 2
Marcus Jones
as Team Blaze No. 3
Matt Norman
as Team Blaze No. 4
Cameron Steele
as X Games Announcer
Eddie Baroo
as Motorcycle Gang Member
Jessica Napier
as Broken Spoke Waitress
Kirstie Hutton
as Amy Page
Gibson Nolte
as Stuart
Ryan Johnson
as Waiter
Jonathon Oldham
as Motorcycle Cop
Peter Callan
as Station Master
Rebel Wilson
as Girl in Alley
Bruce Hughes
as Penance Stare Pharmacist
Peter Barry
as The Mugger
Rita Kalnejais
as Penance Stare Mugger's Girlfriend
David Roberts
as Captain Dolan
Arthur Angel
as Officer Edwards
Jason Raftopoulos
as Forensics Inspector
Brett Swain
as Guard
Duncan Young
as Skinhead
Joel Tobeck
as Redneck
Jacob Vanderpuije
as Innocent Young Man
Fabio Robles
as Priest
Marty Fields
as Surveillance Guard
Troy Planet
as Impound Worker
Charlie Garber
as Officer Mackie
Vittorio Scalise
as Window Cleaner
Richard Cox
as Helicopter Pilot
Ling-Hsueh Tang
as News Reporter
Estefanie Sousa
as Street Person
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Rider

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (27)

Grand, empty gestures and loads of CGI effects can't cover up pure schlock. Even the character's iconically cool trademarks -- a flaming skull and a fiery chopper -- are reduced to Velveeta slices. No, damn you, sir.

Full Review… | March 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Nic Cage seems comfortable in the role of the flaming-skulled biker, but the plot holes are too deep even for his Herbie-like arachnid motorcycle to negotiate.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Mainly the movie's about riding a bike at the speed of sound while your head is burning. They can do anything these days, which isn't quite the same as saying they should do anything these days.

Full Review… | February 24, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not as dreadful as the studio's decision to withhold press screenings until less than 24 hours before opening day would suggest, but not especially good either.

Full Review… | February 21, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

So much flatter than it was on the comic-book page.

Full Review… | February 21, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Provides just enough pop thrills and slam-bang action to make it perfectly acceptable matinee fare.

February 21, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ghost Rider

½

four stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

½

Someone here thinks there's enough parallels between Elvis' latter day performances as a unitard wearing, kung fu signifying, daredevil cartoon (I recall only utter embarrassment) and a Marvel superhero damned for eternity, to go ahead and make a movie out of it. It actually almost works too. Nick Cage throws in every Presley nuance he can think of except: "thank yah verry verry much!"

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

And here we go into the controversial end of the pool (That seems to be a theme whenever someone brings up Nicolas Cage.) Now I hate Nicolas Cage as of now (Pre 2000s Cage is the only good Cage) and having him cast as a superhero, especially someone like Ghost Rider, is some of the most bizarre casting I've seen in a movie, and yea he doesn't do the best job as the character of Johnny Blaze but he's passable. Most of the acting in the movie overall ranges from cheesy, to straight up stupid (that bit with the Legion quote from the Bible being one.) But the movie at least tries to be entertaining so I'll give it that, and a couple of the actors really aren't that bad in the movie, Sam Elliot doing his usual awesome performance even if not given that much to work with and while not really in the movie that much, Peter Fonda does a decent job as Mephistopheles. Also the action and CG looks just awesome in this movie, and the stuff all involving the Ghost Rider character, while all being usually brief scenes, is just badass, especially all the crap he does with the flaming chain. Overall, while the film may not be that amazingly good, and it does have a few flaws, it is entertaining enough and it does have some amazingly awesome effects and fight scenes. Just don't see the sequel unless you want to self lobotomize yourself.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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