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Ghost In the Shell

HD   PG-13

Rupert Sanders

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About the Movie

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 a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 209
  • Fresh: 95
  • Rotten: 114
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 'All shell, no ghost' is a low-hanging-fruit diss. It's also apt. – David Fear, Rolling Stone, Mar 31, 2017

Rotten: 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. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Apr 3, 2017

Fresh: Clad in a series of unforgiving, form-fitting futuristic outfits, Scarlett Johansson plays "The Major", the latest in a long line of sexy female cyborgs, in this slick, action-stuffed, high-gloss remake of the cult classic 1995 anime feature. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Apr 7, 2017

Fresh: Fantasy, reality, dreams & memories propel this visually stunning live action version of the cult manga to great heights, with Scarlett Johansson striking as the deadly weapon whose human brain is in sync with her curvaceous synthetic body. – Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, Apr 7, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Thought provoking and visually stunning.

I just saw Ghost In The Shell in the theater and was greatly impressed not only by the visuals but for the context of what a "person" is. My opinion in the whitewashing controversy is that it is irrelevant. In the anime Major does not have a total "asian" look, and it speaks to the premise of the movie about what IS a person is the soul, the ghost not the shell that holds it.

The Audience Isn't Dumb!

This movie could have been great if they spent less money on CGI and more money on actual writers. The entire time I spent watching this, I felt like writers were insulting me by explaining every nuance and giving me no space to think for myself. There were so many instances where I wished they uniquely showed us the world, but instead they opted to just use text (it would have been amazing to see a timelapse of Neo-Tokyo over a year instead of showing us "1 YEAR LATER")

Major Movie

You can be a fan of the original source material AND the new movie at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyed Ghost in the Shell. Hoping for a sequel.

Ghost In the Shell
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  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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