Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence (2004)

Anime legend Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed this eagerly awaited sequel to his groundbreaking sci-fi drama Ghost in the Shell, which follows the continued adventures of futuristic crime fighters Batou (voice of Akio Otsuka) and Togusa… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The animation is lovely, but the plot is complex to the point of inscrutability, leaving Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence both original and numbing.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

This long-overdue follow-up goes the way of most sequels, delivering a visually impressive but far more simplistic -- and thus unsatisfying -- story.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking.

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

Praiseworthy for its concepts and aesthetics, yet it is too theory-heavy and action-shy, clumped with philosophical tangents and scholarly reference points.


With its themes of human arrogance, wastefulness, creativity, and the definitions and limits of life and the mind, Innocence is pretty heavy. It's also visually stunning.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Occasional passages of shell-cracking egghead overload aside, there's no getting past Innocence's astounding visual power.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Solemnly questioning issues of science and metaphysics, it creates a spell that's a unique blend of the ominous and the sensual.

Steve Biodrowski

Much like Akira in the 1980s, this is the film that sets the standard by which all others of its kind are judged - and usually found wanting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Drake Tsui
I used to think the first film was incredibly complex and therefore, very inaccessible. However, the 2nd film is even more convoluted and theory heavy than the… More
Mark Abell
An incredible piece of art, from start to finish! The animation and CG renderings are some of the most stunning scenes this viewer has ever seen. The level of… More
Saskia D.
The third viewing of this one was a little disappointing, but maybe that's because it seems as if they wanted to say more than they could fit into the… More
Marion Ravenwood
I liked the philosophical ideas in this film. It was well paced and I was interested to see what happened. The main problem I had with the film was in the… More
JY Skacto
Although this film is called "Ghost in the Shell 2" it isn't really a direct sequel. It is more or less a stand alone movie, which means that… More
Bill Cavros
Sitting here scratching by Basset hound watching Bato do the same in the movie is some serious deja vu. It's maybe more a measure of myself, but I really… More