Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Reviews

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance


Genre :

Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Release Date :

February 17, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Starring :

Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert, Johnny Whitworth, Violante Placido, Kevin Nash, Fergus Riordan, Vincent Regan, Jacek Koman

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..with the directors failing to tweak their style to fit 3D and the Ghost Rider still an inchoate presence..”
by Helen OHara [Empire Magazine]
3 of 5

“..they commit some errors, too, most egregiously sticking to their distinctively shaky camera style in the 3-D mode, which is never really a grand idea..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
2 of 5

“..there's less engine power in this sequel, and the original's healthy, dark humour is in short supply..”
by Peter Bradshaw [Guardian [UK]]
“..the standards of all involved are so obviously floorboard-high..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
“..the kind of movie where you don't expect much and then think, "Hey, that was actually kind of fun."..”
by Mark Olsen [Los Angeles Times]
1 of 4

“..the horror isn't scary, the action isn't rousing..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..the actual action surrounding these moments is sometimes incoherent..”
by John DeFore [Hollywood Reporter]
2 of 5

“..something far worse... it's boring..”
by Alex Zane [The Sun]
1 of 4

“..one look at the dreadful mess that is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will turn your whisper into a primal Cage scream: MAKE THIS MOVIE STOP!..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]
Review rate : C-

“..maybe some comic-book heroes are simply better left on the page..”
by William Goss [Film.com]
Review rate : D+

“..like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one burns plenty of rubber trying to swerve around plot holes and thinly written characters..”
by Adam Markovitz [Entertainment Weekly]
3 of 5

“..it's also rather fun and, like all the best comic books, a little cleverer than first impressions suggest..”
by James O'Brien [Daily Mail [UK]]
“..has little of the boisterous Xbox vitality of their Crank-ed up finest..”
by Adam Lee Davies [Little White Lies]
2 of 5

“..a cool visual effect first and a plot and character second..”
by Matt Risley [Sky Movies]
1.5 of 5
Reviewed by Shaun Munro [What Culture]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


“..it is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..Youth has a wan eloquence and elegance, though freighted with sentimentality and a strangely unearned and uninteresting macho-geriatric regret for lost time, lost film projects, lost love..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]