Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the human cast members themselves, this lavish science-fiction adventure follows closely on the heels of… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

I never stopped marveling at the thousands of individually delineated pores and hair strands of the heroine, but the thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly escaping death time and again is strictly for player one.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The exercise is so elaborately pointless you'd think the Pentagon had bankrolled it.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

In all its beautiful spectacle and skin-crawling ugliness, it is very much something that should be at least sampled, just for a taste of it.

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Todd McCarthy

This bigscreen adaptation of the long-popular interactive computer game is visually impressive if not dramatically cool, and is marked by "acting" that is no worse than that found in the majority of sci-fi films.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A mesmerizing technical achievement.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

First computer animated movie to "star" actors.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The human figure, however, remains a challenge to current CGI technology, since the detailing of hair and freckles, for instance, proves rather more credible than the marionette-like impression created by cold eyes and oddly unconvincing body movements.

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Stephanie Zacharek

After you're done marveling at the characters' semirealistic way of moving and the freckles and minor imperfections that dot their skin ... it's all too easy to get hung up on the things that make them seem clumsy and awkward.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's possible that the effect might be different if this were not a soggy, derivative SF movie and we had more to engage and divert us.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Holy uncanny valley Batman!
Jon Lantz
I think I saw this. It obviously wasn't too memorable though, even though the effects were top notch.
KJ Proulx
The first final fantasy film ever made and it seems as though they brought the videogame, which I am not a fan of, to life. The live action movie is much more… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Cool, you can make almost photo-realistic computer animated characters. Now try to invest that time in a better script. And by script i don't mean the… More
Dean McKenna
This sci-fi adventure, based on a popular computer game, was highly touted as the first film completely computer-generated in a photo-realistic style, and much… More
Michael S
Visual triumph/landmark.