Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Innocence revisits imagery from the first film. But this time computer animation pumps everything up to epic proportions. The results are overwhelming.
  2. 100
    You can call me fanboy, but this is the best anime I've ever seen.
  3. Innocenc doesn't just reveal a wealth of visual enchantments; it restates the case that there can and should be more to feature-length animations than cheap jokes, bathos and pandering.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    That rare sequel that surpasses the original.
  5. The love and attention Oshii poured into animating Batou's pet basset hound proves that the human instinct dominates even in a movie dependent on technology.
  6. The imagery is uniquely that of Oshii, who deserves a place in the pantheon of visual artists.
  7. The title Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a brain banger. But as sci-fi nomenclature goes, it's easy to read--no twistier, certainly, than "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."
  8. The impressive marriage of CGI backgrounds and traditional hand-drawn characters gives Oshii more tools to sculpt his vision in color and light.
  9. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    The dark sequel offers gorgeous images, with an updated and stylish design, but its characters' angst gets in the way of storytelling.
  10. 78
    Innocence is possessed of a highly literate, almost classical story.
  11. Like "Blade Runner," it's dense enough to be rewarding on multiple viewings, the hallmark of a classic.
  12. 75
    Some advice: Don't even bother trying to figure out what's going on in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence -- just sit back and enjoy the lush, trippy visuals.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Has plenty to satisfy fans and bring in new admirers.
  14. 75
    Brims with forboding, but it pulses with candy colors and the hum of neon signs.
  15. 70
    Less a sequel than a variation on a haunting theme -- the nature and origins of humanity.
  16. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    The visuals are an animation student's wet dream, the dialogue an English student's nightmare - but for Japanimation fans it's a big-screen must-see.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    It points out what's missing in his (Oshii) approach: fluidity of character line, the subtlety of expression that brought humanity to a Warner Bros. cartoon duck or rabbit.
  18. A downbeat story line layered with philosophical discourses will restrict the audience to fans of the animated genre.
  19. Ingeniously crafted with flashes of intelligence, if not very memorable.
  20. The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific.
  21. 50
    Unfortunately, the outcome here is so over-the-top that it’s going to wind up alienating most everyone that sees it.
  22. There's a lot of imagination at work here; too bad just a little bit of it couldn't have been channeled into the creation of a better narrative.
  23. 40
    This sophomoric stuff is pure self-indulgence, a drone to accompany the admittedly eye-popping sound-and-light show. Oshii looks like yet another director who has gone off the deep end, believing too absolutely his own good reviews.
  24. 40
    At times, Innocence feels like a clip show of Oshii projects past. But the effect proves more dulling than warmly familiar.
  25. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Talky, repetitive and largely covering the same ground with no new thoughts, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a major let-down.
  26. Ghost suffers most from a distinct lack of anything, well, cinematic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. CodyK.
    Aug 24, 2005
    A very mature movie that can be best categorized as a psychological drama. The drama overpowers the thriller aspect, in my opinion. Not only can you find great depth in the story, but the characters Full Review »
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    After the original Ghost in the Shell, one of the most highly regarded animated films of all time, they made this movie. This movie is absolutely horrible. I don't want to refer to it by name because it doesn't deserve the title. The pacing is slower than glacial, the dialogue consists entirely of pretentious quote-centric diatribes, the plot and story don't make any sense, some sequences seemingly exist only to confuse the viewer and derail the story while adding nothing to the film. The movie clearly had an insane budget, because the movie takes every single possible opportunity to fellate itself and show off the animation, which is kind of funny because the computer drawn animation is horrible compared to the original's hand-drawn animation. This seriously ranks among the worst movies I've ever seen, it's boring, it's pretentious, it makes no sense, it's almost unwatchable. 2 points go out for the animation and Kenji Kawai's great soundtrack. Full Review »
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    The sequel of one of the most intriguing and best written science fiction anime ever, that Ghost in the shell that in 1995 revolutionized forever the way of painting cyberpunk: despite this huge responsibility on its shoulders, this 2004 second act is still able to create perfect, dark and oppressive cyberpunk atmospheres and give them life with solid action and dialogues. Essentially, the best way the brand could go on without prostituting its true nature. Full Review »