Ghost in the Shell
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In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who -- like many in her department -- is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Conjures up a dazzling, futuristic cityscape that, sadly, is not matched by the human landscapes at the heart of the story."
‑ , Time Out
"Not about haunting impermanence but hollowness and fluidity. Surveillance-camera and cyborg-eye shots make us feel like we're in an electronic casing, looking out. And both gender and the physical body are fluid and temporary shells."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"This cyberpunk policier doesn't make much sense on a narrative level, but the visuals are gorgeously designed and sometimes genuinely breathtaking."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"O visual e a qualidade da animação são incríveis, e a história é bastante criativa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"One of the best productions I've seen from its genre."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Mamoru Oshii's direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality."
‑ Laura Evenson, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is exactly the kind of film that James Cameron would make if they ever let him through the Disney front gates."
‑ Clark Collis, Empire Magazine
"A fairly entrancing vision of a human race overrun by evolving artificial intelligence."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Adds an intriguing philosophical dimension to the cyber-thriller genre."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Ultimately Ghost in the Shell remains a hard sell, with sluggish pacing and sloppy storytelling effectively smothering the strengths of this lackluster effort."
‑ Joey O'Bryan, Austin Chronicle
"I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack (including a suite for percussion and heavy breathing), and its ideas."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Thrilling, compelling, moving and visually splendid, this isn't just a classic anime, it's a great film."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Surprisingly less interesting than its sequel"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Its animation is so rich in meticulous and sumptuous detail that it blows previous Japanese landmarks like Akira simply out of the water."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"It's the ideal movie for animee virgins, and will be a hit with the medium's hardcore fans, too."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
More reviews for Ghost in the Shell on Rotten Tomatoes

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