Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)42Full of burnt-end romance and 'style,' but robotic at its core.
A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)30What is most striking about The Spirit is how little pleasure it affords, in spite of its efforts to by sly, sexy, heartfelt and clever all at once.
Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)20Frank Miller's adaptation of the antique comic strip by Will Eisner is brash, noisy and so alarmingly ill-paced that it should, by rights, come with a software package that allows viewers to recut it as they see fit.
Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)63The Spirit is uneven, but its campy adventure provides some amusing, escapist fun.
Carina Chocano Washington Post (Top Critic)Good comic books suggest action through abstraction, but The Spirit plays like an overproduced diorama.
Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)38Miller turns The Spirit into a hambone farce. Worse, by hiring well-known actors and indulging their worst impulses, he destroys the tart irony Eisner built into every frame.
Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)Miller, comics-writing icon turned director, has rendered comics-industry revolutionary Will Eisner's crime fighter Denny Colt a grim shade of dull -- all talk, no action
Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)20The incomprehensible plot has something to do with a stolen elixir of eternal life. But that's beside the point, since all the director cares about is the film's noirish look and pulp fiction feel.
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)25There is not a trace of human emotion in it. To call the characters cardboard is to insult a useful packing material.
Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)25Frank Miller wrote and directed this adaptation, in a visual style lazily close to that of his Sin City. Full Review » 4 years ago
J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
Someone get this man a decent script.
Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
Maybe if there was something going with the dialogue -- snappy Chandlerisms, say, or even just sentences that made sense -- the fussy digital artifice of The Spirit wouldn't seem so, well, dispiriting.
Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
It's not easy to make a thriller that's both incredibly convoluted and intensely boring, laboriously narrated yet befuddled, but Miller -- creator and co-director of Sin City -- triumphs on all counts.
Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
How do you critique acting that's willfully bad, a story that's purposefully crazy and dialogue that sets out to be stilted and cliched? You say The Spirit looks great but there's not much else there.
Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
Pushing well past the point of self-parody, Miller has done Will Eisner's pioneering comicstrip no favors by drenching it in the same self-consciously neo-noir monochrome put to much more compelling use in Sin City.
Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
Frank Miller on the big screen is like Scratchy or wasabi or a bass player -- he doesn't work on his own. He needs a partner, or some diluting ingredients, or maybe a restraining order.
Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
This is what Sin City would have looked like without the restraining hand of co-director Robert Rodriguez behind the camera.
Jason Anderson Toronto Star (Top Critic)
At which exact point The Spirit hits rock bottom is a matter of debate.
Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
What a shame that The Spirit isn't nearly as good as it looks.
Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
The style is willing. But the spirit is weak.
James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
The Spirit is an example of what can happen to a comic book-inspired movie when the sense of style becomes so pervasive that it overwhelms everything else, including an unremarkable superhero adventure.
Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
Scenes begin seemingly at random and end abruptly. Actors play characters at full bore. Dialogue has the crude energy of '30s Hollywood melodramas but rarely any wit or engaging subtext. All emotions are forced.
Sam Adams Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
Denny Colt might have come back from the dead, but The Spirit stays cold on the slab.
Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
Frank Miller will undoubtedly make a movie worth watching one day, but it isn't The Spirit.
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David Fear Time Out
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