User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48

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  1. PhilS.
    Nov 7, 2004
    4
    Was expecting so much from this after waiting so long. The original GITS was groundbreaking and different, but GITS2 left me feeling jilted and a bit ripped off. Visuals are good but plot and characters were not developed enough. This type story has been done countless times and it needed something extra to make it distincitve. I think people built themselves up for this movie for so long Was expecting so much from this after waiting so long. The original GITS was groundbreaking and different, but GITS2 left me feeling jilted and a bit ripped off. Visuals are good but plot and characters were not developed enough. This type story has been done countless times and it needed something extra to make it distincitve. I think people built themselves up for this movie for so long they couldn't possibly have been disappointed (one of my friends even said as much). I wish I was one of them. If you seriously think GITS2 has strong characters and/or story, you're missing out on some much better anime out there (IMHO). Still I'm glad I've seen it, wasn't entirely bad! Expand
  2. MichaelP.
    Jan 16, 2005
    5
    This is a very difficult DVD to rate... BAD: Captions! Do not be fooled by the info on the back of the DVD case. There are no "subtitles". This is the absolute worst localization in premier anime history! A clear case of rush to market. Dreamworks really screwed up. The captions are situated so as to obscure the action, and were produced for the hearing impared. I can hear just fine; This is a very difficult DVD to rate... BAD: Captions! Do not be fooled by the info on the back of the DVD case. There are no "subtitles". This is the absolute worst localization in premier anime history! A clear case of rush to market. Dreamworks really screwed up. The captions are situated so as to obscure the action, and were produced for the hearing impared. I can hear just fine; it's the Japanese I don't understand! C'mon, do we really need a caption telling us when there is "silence"?! Production I.G and Oshii should be furious with Dreamworks for this. This DVD would rate a 10 otherwise. Don't get me started on the cover design. Utter crap! Strictly ameteur DVD production. GOOD: Everything else. Story, visuals, audio! Production I.G is the last word in sophisticated animation. Forget Pixar, forget ILM; they couldn't tie Oshii's shoes. Oshii takes Shirow's themes and adds layer upon layer. Actually, I recognize the story from the original Chost in the Shell manga, yet Oshii adds so much depth it's barely so. I was tempted to add the absence of Fuchikomas to the "BAD" catagory, but frankly, Production I.G could do not wrong with this anime. Collapse
  3. AlexC.
    Jan 22, 2005
    6
    Good, but way to confusing.
  4. 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.
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.