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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 19, 2012
This is a boring movie. The over-the-top outlandishness can't disguise that the whole 95 minutes represent one big snooze-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 18, 2012
Whether Cage is still paying off castles, appeasing the IRS, or rebuilding his comic book collection, it's clear he's decided, for now, to trade his talent for cold, hard cash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
February 18, 2012
Spirit of Vengeance is weighted down for long stretches in the middle, as it starts to treat its own religious hokum plotline with undue seriousness.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 17, 2012
Shot in Romania and Turkey, the scenery is terrific and gives you something to watch other than this confusing mess. Johnny Blaze, you're just a candle in the wind, mate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
February 17, 2012
The film, though, has some redeeming qualities, including the presence of Idris Elba as the obligatory good guy, who encourages Johnny to get Danny into the protective custody of a religious order.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 17, 2012
That mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
February 17, 2012
Like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one burns plenty of rubber trying to swerve around plot holes and thinly written characters.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 17, 2012
The bad news is that this sequel, which wants to wow us with its unrestrained, hyper-stylized, WTF-ness, is way too disposable for its own good.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 17, 2012
At best, the Neveldine/Taylor team is capable of transforming ingeniously trashy premises into pop art, but here, they inherit a promisingly trashy franchise and fail to give it the allure and go-for-broke energy of superior trash.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2012
Like a laboratory experiment on how often a movie can spin from bad to good and back again.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 17, 2012
This is a movie about a flaming skeleton that rides a motorcycle -- there's no excuse for it to be this dull.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 17, 2012
Ordinarily I'd be into the idea of seeing Nicolas Cage's face burn, but alas, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is not a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 17, 2012
The standards of all involved are so obviously floorboard-high, there's not much to say after the lights come up other than one of Blaze's "one-liners": "So, that happened."
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 17, 2012
One look at the dreadful mess that is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will turn your whisper into a primal Cage scream: MAKE THIS MOVIE STOP!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 17, 2012
What more would one want? Well, actually, quite a bit, but this movie ain't got much more than that. Still, as noisesome entertainments go, it 'brings' that thing we sometimes call 'it.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 17, 2012
Supernatural fantasy movies often work best when the film-maker's tongue is planted firmly in the cheek.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
Film.com
February 17, 2012
An aggressively mediocre improvement on the first film.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 17, 2012
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance nudges its obscure hero's mythology forward a bit without seeming to care much how it gets there.