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The Spirit Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | 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
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
Someone get this man a decent script.
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
December 29, 2008
It's not easy to make a thriller that's both incredibly convoluted and intensely boring, laboriously narrated yet befuddled, but Miller -- creator and co-director of Sin City -- triumphs on all counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
December 29, 2008
As a babe-delivery system, The Spirit is a rousing success. In every other sense, it's a pronounced failure.
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 29, 2008
Good comic books suggest action through abstraction, but The Spirit plays like an overproduced diorama.
December 29, 2008
The style is willing. But the spirit is weak.
December 29, 2008
The script often plods through sequences of clunky dramatic structure. Comic art may be inherently cinematic, but there's still some ink separating panels on a page from flickers on a screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2008
Miller's distinction as one of the all-time best comic book writers is strong enough to withstand his role in making one of the worst comic book movies ever.
December 24, 2008
Full of burnt-end romance and 'style,' but robotic at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 24, 2008
Gorgeous cinematography and design can't mask the hollow core and bizarre ugliness of this mishandled comics adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 24, 2008
The Spirit is uneven, but its campy adventure provides some amusing, escapist fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2008
At which exact point The Spirit hits rock bottom is a matter of debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 24, 2008
Maybe if there was something going with the dialogue -- snappy Chandlerisms, say, or even just sentences that made sense -- the fussy digital artifice of The Spirit wouldn't seem so, well, dispiriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 24, 2008
What's missing here, sadly, is the script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2008
Frank Miller on the big screen is like Scratchy or wasabi or a bass player -- he doesn't work on his own. He needs a partner, or some diluting ingredients, or maybe a restraining order.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 24, 2008
The incomprehensible plot has something to do with a stolen elixir of eternal life. But that's beside the point, since all the director cares about is the film's noirish look and pulp fiction feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 24, 2008
What a shame that The Spirit isn't nearly as good as it looks.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
December 24, 2008
Miller turns The Spirit into a hambone farce. Worse, by hiring well-known actors and indulging their worst impulses, he destroys the tart irony Eisner built into every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 24, 2008
How do you critique acting that's willfully bad, a story that's purposefully crazy and dialogue that sets out to be stilted and cliched? You say The Spirit looks great but there's not much else there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 23, 2008
Miller, comics-writing icon turned director, has rendered comics-industry revolutionary Will Eisner's crime fighter Denny Colt a grim shade of dull -- all talk, no action
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
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
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.
December 18, 2008
Pushing well past the point of self-parody, Miller has done Will Eisner's pioneering comicstrip no favors by drenching it in the same self-consciously neo-noir monochrome put to much more compelling use in Sin City.