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The Spirit Reviews

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Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Frank Miller will undoubtedly make a movie worth watching one day, but it isn't The Spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
April 1, 2011
The Spirit feels like an extended trip through Frank Miller's personal fantasyland, and it's easy to guess how interesting a film made for an audience of one is going to be to anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2010
I guess a movie this brassy, sumptuous, and unafraid of what-the-hell effects, gags and visuals isn't enough for a lot of people. I don't really know why.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
June 2, 2010
A blissfully coked-out-of-its-mind spit-take on Eisner and the modern world of superhero cinema, The Spirit is wet bag of hot breath.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
If Frank Miller is aiming for camp, he's playing cricket with a sledgehammer
Nick Rogers
June 17, 2009
Certifiably, but agreeably, insane, "The Spirit" plays like "Dick Tracy" on brown acid. Dialogue is bleated, not spoken. Artifacts are used as snuggle blankets. And it's aggressively bizarre, but it's the definition of guilty-pleasure entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Setchfield
SFX Magazine
May 12, 2009
No amount of flash can camouflage the career-low performances, the scaffolding where characterisation should be, the pitiful cod '40s dialogue, the monstrously fumbled comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Havens
April 29, 2009
More interested in being a technical marvel than a coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 20, 2009
Soa como uma mistura desajeitada de filme noir e da série de tevê Batman produzida na década de 60.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
February 13, 2009
As an action director Miller is almost as clumsy as Baz Luhrmann, but he's far from naïve, and presumably the delirium of The Spirit is exactly what he intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
The Australian
February 6, 2009
Miller's background as an artist was undoubtedly an important factor in achieving the striking visual effects. It's just when the human characters dominate the action that the film sinks like a stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
January 30, 2009
It's a plot from the 'more is more' school of scriptwriting and while the live action crossed with stylised graphic novel effect is sublime, it can't distract from the clunkiness of it all.
Jade Tyrrell
FILMINK (Australia)
January 29, 2009
The Spirit is hollow, with a convoluted plot, and Miller has clearly opted for visual style over thematic depth.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2009
As it went on, I discovered that it had a kind of appealingly dumb, playful quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
January 8, 2009
Miller's directing chops, er, chop, is non-existent, offering up a muck of amateurish posturing, weak storyline and tedious characters. As for the title? Ouch, that's some irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jackie K. Cooper
January 6, 2009
Eva Mendes is the new Raquel Welch but even Raquel/Eva can't make this movie work
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
January 6, 2009
Is it trying to be a parody of itself?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 5, 2009
Now that they've gone and made Batman all serious and good, the campy comics hero movie mantle has been taken up by The Spirit.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 5, 2009
In their first battle, The Octopus smashes a toilet over The Spirit's head, laughs maniacally, and declares, "Toilets are always funny!" This movie would know: It clearly deserves to be flushed down one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 5, 2009
Displaying admirable love for pulp material and striking enviably sexy poses, but missing the emotional resonance, zeitgeist-catching populism and mainstream thrills which found movie franchises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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