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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“..a jumble of half-baked ideas, none particularly interesting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]


“..Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..Winstead is one of the most intuitive actors of her generation, and though her impressive range is easy to spot, it's her elasticity that makes her so rewarding to watch..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]


“..Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..the material is not exceptional, but Ms. Clarkson always is. She's that rare actress over 50 who seems to land a lot of the juicy roles her younger competitors covet..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]


“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
by Steve Morrissey [MovieSteve]


“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]