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The Spirit Reviews

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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
January 5, 2009
Every once in a while a genuine turkey escapes the coop, bereft of charm or wit, utterly lacking in technical prowess, integrity or intelligence. 'The Spirit' is such a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
January 5, 2009
Miller shoots it in the inky graphic style of Sin City, but he clearly hasn't a clue how to stage a scene, or shoot it, and he singly fails to animate his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 5, 2009
Frank Miller's adaptation of the antique comic strip by Will Eisner is brash, noisy and so alarmingly ill-paced that it should, by rights, come with a software package that allows viewers to recut it as they see fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 5, 2009
The Spirit's greatest crime is that it is so boring - encapsulated in a scene where the Spirit and the Octopus slug it out for an eternity as both are sucked into treacly mud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 5, 2009
Miller's adaptation certainly looks impressive and the female characters are all drop-dead gorgeous in a Sin City way, but the script and story are all over the place and it never really comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 4, 2009
Violent, sexy superhero flick is all style, no substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 4, 2009
[There is] no consistency or rhythm to its visual tangents, which splotch about frantically, desperately, like diarrhea spraying about the outside of its porcelain target.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
January 2, 2009
The Spirit is two hours of your life that you'll never get back.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
January 2, 2009
A movie trailer can give unintended clues as to what to expect - The Spirit's (see it on YouTube if you missed it) is one long piece of chaos. And so is the pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
January 1, 2009
This screen adaptation of Will Eisner's beloved comic books is intriguing enough to be watchable, but is so chaotic that it doesn't work at all
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 31, 2008
It's not just that it's obvious from the train wreck onscreen that Miller hasn't ever truly directed a movie before; it's hard to tell if he's ever even seen a movie before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
December 31, 2008
It makes sport of both comic books and hard-boiled detective fiction, yet it does so by utilizing and adhering to the conventions of each.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 30, 2008
First, Robert Rodriguez tried to make a Frank Miller movie. Now, Frank Miller is trying to make a Frank Miller movie. (Advantage: Rodriguez.)
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 29, 2008
What is most striking about The Spirit is how little pleasure it affords, in spite of its efforts to by sly, sexy, heartfelt and clever all at once.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 29, 2008
I thought it was sort of cool and corny simultaneously.
December 29, 2008
Is it campy? Or is it cool? Is it stylized? Or is it corny and cheesy? It doesn't really know.
December 29, 2008
Ultimately, it's a long, incoherent mess of a film, enlivened only the the sure knowledge that the great Will Eisner's original is available to one and all at your nearest comic-book shop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 29, 2008
Macht's weary, fatalistic take on his heroic duties is right out of the Batman mold, while Jackson's Octopus seems little more than The Joker without all the face makeup.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2008
Someone get this man a decent script.
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