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The Spirit Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 23, 2008
This is what Sin City would have looked like without the restraining hand of co-director Robert Rodriguez behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2008
Denny Colt might have come back from the dead, but The Spirit stays cold on the slab.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 25, 2008
I don't mind the humor, I would just appreciate humor that actually works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2008
A lurching mess. The film features a terrible script devoid of characters worth investing in or a story worth caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2008
There is not a trace of human emotion in it. To call the characters cardboard is to insult a useful packing material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 23, 2008
The Spirit is an example of what can happen to a comic book-inspired movie when the sense of style becomes so pervasive that it overwhelms everything else, including an unremarkable superhero adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
December 24, 2008
Miller captures the letter, but what this film is lacking, in every sense of the word, is the Spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2008
Frank Miller wrote and directed this adaptation, in a visual style lazily close to that of his Sin City.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
If Frank Miller is aiming for camp, he's playing cricket with a sledgehammer
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
January 4, 2009
Violent, sexy superhero flick is all style, no substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
December 26, 2008
Someone should have gotten Robert Rodriguez on the phone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2008
Scenes begin seemingly at random and end abruptly. Actors play characters at full bore. Dialogue has the crude energy of '30s Hollywood melodramas but rarely any wit or engaging subtext. All emotions are forced.
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 Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 24, 2008
Marred by hammy overacting and horrendous writing by a filmmaker who clearly doesn't share Eisner's charming sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 24, 2008
I would recommend The Spirit to a cinematography buff, but I can't think of anyone else who would go for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jordan Burchette
Premiere Magazine
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

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