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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47

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  1. Jan 10, 2012
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    2
    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. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2011
    6
    Visually glorious, but the imbalance between it's philosophical pretensions , the visual poetry and the action ultimately fail to maintain a proper rhythm to keep the audience interested in all those metaphorical symbols.
  4. Oct 19, 2014
    7
    Ghost In The Shell has an anime series and a movie series, but they're two separate continuities. This is the second movie, where The Major has left and Batou gets a new partner, but if you've seen the anime you're already vaguely familiar with all of the characters you'll see here. They're a little different but not too much. In terms of the actual content, this movie mixes is up with some armchair philosophy, some cyberpunk gunfights, and some slow establishing shots that reminded me of Blade Runner. It's a solid watch if you're familiar with what's going on in Ghost In The Shell, but it doesn't take much time to explain the sort of stuff that's going on if you're new to the series. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    7
    Falls short of the splendor of the first movie. GitS 2 seems to be doing 3 things:

    1) Recapture the spirit and style of the first movie.
    While a nice idea, the producers seem to have forgotten there were 2 whole seasons inbetween the movies. So the characters and tone of the series have changed quite drastically since GitS1.
    2) It pays allot of fan service (not the pervy kind) by
    clearly linking this movie to the first movie and the series.
    This, for me, was the movie's strong point. Dedication and acknowledgement of its fan base is crucial. It was nice to see the loose ends left from GitS: Second Gig being wrapped up. However, I would imagine that anyone not familiar with the series was probably scratching their head.
    3) Artistic animation overload.
    Clearly they were trying as hard as they could to amaze and dazzle with the animation, just like the first movie. While the animation was fantastic, it just did not have the same effect the first movie did. If they had stuck with hand drawn animation, it is likely they would have gotten the reaction they had intended.

    Overall:
    GitS 2 is a very good movie, but I have to say that is also the worst installment of the series as well. If they had stuck to the tone and animation style of the TV series, then maybe they could have had another generation defining movie, but as it is, it is just another good looking anime that fails to stand out from its competition.
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Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Like "Blade Runner," it's dense enough to be rewarding on multiple viewings, the hallmark of a classic.
  2. 50
    Unfortunately, the outcome here is so over-the-top that it’s going to wind up alienating most everyone that sees it.
  3. A downbeat story line layered with philosophical discourses will restrict the audience to fans of the animated genre.