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: 96% 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.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The drawing style is remarkable in a story that reveals a Japanese preoccupation with roboticized culture and hard-edged sexuality.

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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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Sean Axmaker

... Oshii's dazzling science fiction work mixes adventure, mystery, and metaphysics in a future where humans are routinely augmented with bionics and electronic implants, and then follows it into the next evolutionary step.

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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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Benjamin Wang
Film Inquiry

Ghost in the Shell creates a prescient vision of a connected world, a speculative character study and a piece of social commentary regarding the international marketplace.

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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.

Sebastian Zavala Kahn
Me gusta el cine

An excellent science fiction story with a lot to say about human nature. [Full review in Spanish]

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Christian Villagomez
Film Threat

A powerhouse marriage of sight and sound.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Anime has been around for a very long time. Whether in the form of a television show or feature film, there have been many fantastic stories told in Japan.… 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
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