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The Ghosts In Our Machine

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Liz Marshall

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About the Movie

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur we become intimately familiar with a cast of animal subjects. 


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a compelling movie, but its argument expands without deepening. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Nov 7, 2013

Fresh: "Ghosts" is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population - what they owe us, what we owe them. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Nov 14, 2013

Rotten: Atmospheric doc is a tone poem for the already-convinced. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 17, 2013

Rotten: This is a film overflowing with passion and compassion but often lacking the intellectual detachment necessary to distill conviction into a rigorous argument. – Scott Jordan Harris,, Nov 8, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Animals are awesome...

I haven't seen this documentary yet, but I wanted to comment on Matt's review regarding the lack of an argument: is this the type of film that requires a listing of solutions? From what I see it's about animal abuse, therefore it should be pretty obvious to the viewer that the solution is to stop eating meat and using animal products. Apparently we need documentaries that tug at our emotions so we feel bad about this type of thing, therefore those suitably moved will stop buying products made with animal abuse, which is the only solution.

No argument present

I had the chance to watch this fpm at last years DOXA festival in Vancouver and while it has a compelling thesis (out society systemically abuses animals) it doesn’t really have a real argument to back that thesis up. It shows many ways in which animals are abused, but then offers no solutions to the problems or answers beyond “animals are awesome!”

The film primarily follows a photographer as she tries to chronicle animal abuses but there’s no story to it, it’s just a few weeks in her life in which we establish that she loves animals, loves taking photos of animals, and thinks people are bad to animals, but again offers no solutions to any of the problems she’s documenting.

Going Vegan

This documentary is awesome and the way the cinematography is done is different then most documentaries i have seen. I learned a lot from this documentary. it clearly shows the point on how the animals are treated. ( As for solutions, theres plenty of documentaries for that.)

The Ghosts In Our Machine
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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