The Spirit Reviews

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.
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.
January 9, 2009
As it went on, I discovered that it had a kind of appealingly dumb, playful quality.
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.
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.
December 29, 2008
I thought it was sort of cool and corny simultaneously.
December 29, 2008
The style dazzles, evoking everything wonderful and terrible from film noir and combining it with a likable hero and wonderfully pulpy premise.
December 29, 2008
I didn't hate the movie. There are some scenes that are tremendously cool in the picture. If you can swallow the imitated style, it looks fantastic.
December 26, 2008
Movies that exist in their own overheated genre-iffic world are not easy to swallow for a lot of audiences. The sheer joy with which Miller approaches this material, though, is infectious, and The Spirit grew on me even as it confounded me.
December 26, 2008
...it's a visual feast, with every image lovingly framed and lit (and mixed with special effects) so that there's always something interesting to look at.
December 24, 2008
In this erotic sleuthing laced with backward babes, Sarah does female doormat duty and Eva kicks butt when not baring it, while Scarlett's shrewdie hangs with homicidal fatty clones, like an underworld Madonna bossing an obedient crew of paunchy boy toys.
December 24, 2008
a classic superhero story, with a square-jawed hero who knows how to take a punch and kiss a dame until she's weak in the knees
December 24, 2008
The Spirit is uneven, but its campy adventure provides some amusing, escapist fun.
December 24, 2008
Taken on its own terms...it's a beautiful bit of balderdash.
December 20, 2008
The best thing about The Spirit is that it was directed by [Frank] Miller....The worst thing about The Spirit is that it was written by Frank Miller.
December 19, 2008
Frank Miller's first solo effort as a director is an entertaining, if forgettable, cinematic imagining of Will Eisner's classic superhero The Spirit.