Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 18, 2012
    25
    For acting to be this bad in movie not directed by Michael Bay or George Lucas, it has to be intentional.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 17, 2012
    0
    One look at the dreadful mess that is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will turn your whisper into a primal Cage scream: MAKE THIS MOVIE STOP!
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 17, 2012
    40
    With his (Cage) over-the-top delivery and operatically intense facial expressions, there's no way anyone could accuse him of phoning this one in.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 23, 2012
    30
    This time out, the action is in 3-D, which amounts to a few shots of flaming motorcycle parts comin' at ya, but little else.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 17, 2012
    25
    The only part of this movie anyone's ever going to remember is the pair of scenes in which Ghost Rider pees flame.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 17, 2012
    33
    The charismatic Idris Elba debuts in a key role as an alcoholic priest who recruits Cage's unique services. Yet instead of elevating the franchise, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance ends up squandering even more potential.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance offers Cage plenty of opportunities to tap his inner circus geek, to twitch, cackle and flail without shame, going full tilt batwing crazy. Not since he danced in a pagan bear suit in The Wicker Man has Cage appeared this unconcerned about what the audience will think.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 17, 2012
    60
    The film, though, has some redeeming qualities, including the presence of Idris Elba as the obligatory good guy, who encourages Johnny to get Danny into the protective custody of a religious order.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    Cage-ophiles will find some delectable freakouts in Blaze's transformation - or near transformation - scenes. Otherwise, the committee-penned script combines yokel-friendly haw-haw irreverence (non-sequitur cutaways to the Rider pissing in a flamethrower pattern) and sweaty monologues about "controlling the Rider" (the character is basically a mean drunk's superhero).
  10. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Feb 17, 2012
    40
    Alas, unlike the duo's Crank films - also about a hero on the verge of explosion - Spirit of Vengeance lacks a solid gimmick to unify their transgressive gambits.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Feb 17, 2012
    12
    To question where things went wrong feels somehow strange, as the project seems to have been ill-conceived from the very start.
  12. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Feb 17, 2012
    33
    Most of the movie's action-horror set pieces play like lame Gwar music video outtakes, and Cage's signature mix of irony and off-the-rails mugging only works when you can see the actor's face. In Ghost Rider form, his character is just a skeletal automaton with neither a tongue nor a cheek to put it in.
  13. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Feb 16, 2012
    40
    Like "Ghost Rider: Low Voltage," this is a surprisingly underpowered excursion into Marvel's mad world by Neveldine and Taylor. More purgatory than hellfire.
  14. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Feb 23, 2012
    60
    This doesn't lack for crazy charm, particularly when Nicolas Cage (in his go-for-broke Bad Lieutenant mode) and Ciaran Hinds (playing the devil) try to out-weird each other with broad, even cartoonish performances.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Feb 20, 2012
    40
    The picture is still much too rickety, slapdash and surprisingly dull to qualify as a good barrel-bottom pleasure.
  16. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 17, 2012
    40
    The first "Ghost Rider" film, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, was sort of a fizzy goof, the kind of movie where you don't expect much and then think, "Hey, that was actually kind of fun." Spirit of Vengeance, though, is undone by increased expectations, as promising more only makes it feel they are somehow delivering less.
  17. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    The smugness of the film grows wearying long before the end. Just because the people on and behind the camera are willing to acknowledge what we're watching is ridiculous crap doesn't really change the fact that, well, it is.
  18. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    Spirit of Vengeance is so focused and, as a result, so impoverished that you actually feel bad for Cage. The actor tries to bring the weird (though at this point one wonders if he can even do anything else) but the film more often than not leaves him high and dry, saddling him with standard-issue action hero lines and boilerplate action set-pieces.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    So it's a half-certainty, half-shock that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is both good and bad, a sequel that's hungry for thrills but bereft of the cohesiveness - and budget - to be a full meal.
  20. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 17, 2012
    40
    A water-treading sequel offering just enough kooky color to keep less-discerning funnybook fans occupied, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance nudges its obscure hero's mythology forward a bit without seeming to care much how it gets there.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 260 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 102
  2. Negative: 50 out of 102
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Ladies and gentlemen, how could you possibly prefer the first ghost rider movie? it had NOTHING to do with the comics, it just tried to stitchLadies and gentlemen, how could you possibly prefer the first ghost rider movie? it had NOTHING to do with the comics, it just tried to stitch elements from TWO DIFFERENT STORY ARCS onto a mediocre western story which also has nothing to do with the comics, the first film just falls apart the moment it tries to move forward, spirit of vengeance, however, actually gets it right, neveldine/taylor mostly focus on ONLY ONE STORY ARC, that of johnny blaze, and the new appearance is ACTUALLY CREEPY, the VFX are phenomenal, and the rider's bike is ACTUALLY THE BIKE HE HAS IN THE COMICS, not some cheesy... THING they gave us in the first film, not to mention they actually get the villain's appearance right this time, seriously, look it up, blackout actually looks like he does in the comics, i grew up on these comics, so did my brother, and this film has finally restored my faith that we, the devoted fans, can still be given the adaption that we deserve, and the sad thing is that most people on here overlook this... Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    2
    HAHAHAHA WHAT THE F*CK. HOW DID THIS B-MOVIE END UP IN THE THEATERS? DID THE DIRECTOR FORGET TO SEND IT INTO THE DIRECT-TO-DVD PILE?! NEVER ONHAHAHAHA WHAT THE F*CK. HOW DID THIS B-MOVIE END UP IN THE THEATERS? DID THE DIRECTOR FORGET TO SEND IT INTO THE DIRECT-TO-DVD PILE?! NEVER ON THIS PLANET SHOULD A FILM PACKED WITH **** QUALITY AND GREEDY ACTORS LIKE THIS BE MADE!!!! Full Review »
  3. Feb 19, 2012
    1
    There is no reason this movie should exist, no one asked for it and people want it to go away, you can very well tell Nickolas Cage is in itThere is no reason this movie should exist, no one asked for it and people want it to go away, you can very well tell Nickolas Cage is in it for the money, which is a shame. Full Review »