Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 31, 2017
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2017
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ghost in the Shell boasts cool visuals and a compelling central performance from Scarlett Johansson, but the end result lacks the magic of the movie's classic source material.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Sadly, as the plot proceeds, Sanders begins to duck ... bothersome concepts. He picks a more sentimental path, which leads Major, following the example of Jason Bourne, on a quest to discover who she truly is.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It's unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action.

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Graham Fuller
Culture Trip

Aided by Johansson's considerable action chops and birthday-suit look, Ghost in the Shell is destined to be a box-office smash. It might also provoke charges of cultural imperialism, as did Bj÷rk and Barney. Watch this space.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

It gets bogged down in aesthetics that are stimulating only for the sake of stimulation, seemingly without a flicker of thought behind them. Shell indeed, but there's no ghost at home.

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James Berardinelli

Ghost in the Shell is visually compelling but tone deaf.

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Like the live action Beauty and the Beast, (Ghost in the Shell's) best impressions come from imitating the source, lifting visuals and dialogue to deja vu effect.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

A flimsy copy of a copy, one that recreates some of the anime's set-pieces nearly shot for shot, but then pares away nearly everything else that made the original a classic.

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Will Leitch
The New Republic

It only works up much feeling when it is trying to defend itself against protests that might affect its bottom line. You won't be much moved by that either.

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Todd Jorgenson

This slick exercise in spectacle over substance might please fans of the source material with its evocative visual flourishes, even if newcomers will find it takes itself too seriously.

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Really enjoyed it, but I did with the anime. Not as subtle as that, but still a fun scifi romp.
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There's a lot more wrong then there is right with this movie. An oversimplistic sci-fi that fails to hit the mark.