The Spirit Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 29, 2008
As a babe-delivery system, The Spirit is a rousing success. In every other sense, it's a pronounced failure.
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.
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.
December 24, 2008
Gorgeous cinematography and design can't mask the hollow core and bizarre ugliness of this mishandled comics adaptation.
December 24, 2008
The Spirit is uneven, but its campy adventure provides some amusing, escapist fun.
December 24, 2008
At which exact point The Spirit hits rock bottom is a matter of debate.
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.
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