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: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For sheer mind-expanding sci-fi strangeness this is hard to beat"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack (including a suite for percussion and heavy breathing), and its ideas."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ghost in the Shell stands as one of the pioneering films of anime history, one that captures the imagination with its intricate story and dazzles the eyes with its gorgeous animation."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"I confess I find it too opaque to make the kind of investment that would qualify me as a real fan. But it should be seen."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Thrilling, compelling, moving and visually splendid, this isn't just a classic anime, it's a great film."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Conjures up a dazzling, futuristic cityscape that, sadly, is not matched by the human landscapes at the heart of the story."
‑ , Time Out
"Occasionally Ghost in the Shell shows its age and the added CGI elements, while appropriate for the story, also help make this film feel more dated than it might have otherwise."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"It's that rare example of spectacle and substance meshing beautifully."
‑ Josh Winning, Total Film
"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
"Mamoru Oshii's direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality."
‑ Laura Evenson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Ghost In The Shell is an ultra-violent, rocket-paced film-over and out in just over 80 minutes-but it's a poetic one, too."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"This is a work of profound and melancholic beauty; every bit as essential in the 21st century as it was in the 20th."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"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
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