Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 29, 1996
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A stunning feat of modern animation, Ghost in the Shell offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the genre.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

For sheer mind-expanding sci-fi strangeness this is hard to beat

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack (including a suite for percussion and heavy breathing), and its ideas.

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Jamie Graham
Total Film

Most alluring are the crumbling neon cityscapes, real world/cyberspace fusion and the musings on identity.

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Time Out

Conjures up a dazzling, futuristic cityscape that, sadly, is not matched by the human landscapes at the heart of the story.

Christian Villagomez
Film Threat

A powerhouse marriage of sight and sound.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A melancholic Japanese classic whose influence proved far-reaching.

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Laura Evenson
San Francisco Chronicle

Mamoru Oshii's direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's an anime masterpiece that works both as an action film and a very evocative and thought provoking science fiction thriller.

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J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
A cyber-punk classic that explores important questions regarding artificial intelligence, identity, and what makes us human. The art-house-like moments of quiet… More
Sergio Garcia
If you haven't seen Ghost in the shell, then you're not an anime fan. Great work it's hard to believe that it was completed in the 90's. Go… More
Cameron Sherwell
Philosophical to the point of becoming almost completely art-house, I had been meaning to watch 'Ghost in the Shell' for quite some time and was… More
Drake Tsui
An existential journey through a future that's not only inspiring in visual mastery but thought provoking on many levels for a SciFi fan. Although it works… More
Matthew Roe
The film that redefined the cyber-punk genre is complex, resonant and astonishingly animated. Taking the idea of artificial intelligence to a point of human… More
Jacob Ethington
Now THIS is a good film. Ghost in the Shell manages to examine the lines between man and machine very gracefully, and all in the span of 90 minutes. Highly… More