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  • Summary: Superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze (Cage) strikes a deal with the vile Mephistopheles for the most precious of commodities, his immortal soul. Now Johnny Blaze is forever destined to ride night after night as the host to the powerful supernatural entity known as the Ghost Rider. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. This time out, writer and director Mark Steven Johnson has bounced back with a movie so full of camp spirit it should come with tents and a marshmallow roast.
  2. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    A blockbuster that offers enough quirky pleasures to feel fresh and unpredictable.
  3. 50
    With its cheesy special effects and blasphemously imbecilic storyline, one wonders whether the celluloid version of Ghost Rider will find an audience.
  4. 38
    Marvel-man Mark Steven Johnson, who wrote and directed "Daredevil" (2003) and scripted "Elektra" (2005), continues to demonstrate the wrong way to make comic book movies: Make sure special effects overwhelm the characters, let campy mannerisms go unchecked and be sure dialogue is declaimed rather than spoken.
  5. 33
    Cage has some fun with the role, making Blaze a kind of Zen Elvis with a strange fixation on Carpenters songs, but the film's priorities lie with the digital effects and not the story, and even the effects aren't that hot.
  6. 30
    Has all the sugar-injected horsepower of a 6-year-old on a Big Wheel.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Though the superhero's fans have long awaited his close-up, the Devil's bounty hunter -- complete with a burning skull for a head and a killer motorcycle in flames --materializes in a movie that never measures up to his infernal potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 97
  2. Negative: 35 out of 97
  1. Jun 23, 2012
    This film is great. I don't even know where to start. First Nicholas cage plays an awesome Ghost Rider and Wes Bentley plays a great Blackheart has well. The special effects are the best thing about this movie. The Ghost Rider looks amazing. The script/screenplay is very good as well. The dialogue is great no matter what anyone says. All in all I think director Mark Steven Johnson did a great job. I urge you to see this film. Collapse
  2. WadeF.
    Jun 28, 2007
    A Hell of a ride. Cool Fx, good story, and good comic book adaptation.
  3. PaulF.
    Feb 18, 2007
    First off for whatever reason this film was given way to many harsh reviews. Granted it was not a masterpiece but it was full of fun and camp. Peoples please do not take this film too seriously as it was not intended for that. The worst flaws about this film were that the love chemistry was a little weak and could have been dialoged better, and the evil characters were not all that convincing. The positive aspects to this film were the special effects; they really do not get any better than this, as well as an interesting and fun story. What is a little sad is it really could have been great, but I'll settle for plain old good. Expand
  4. MLee
    Feb 18, 2007
    It was alright. Don't go to this flcik expecting Spiderman, or X-Men. It's a solid and fun movie. Plain and simple. It's somewhere above X-Men The Last Stand, but below Blade 2 and Daredevil. If you go in expecting the level of FF, or Hulk, you'll be greatly surprised... Expand
  5. JohnS.
    Feb 20, 2007
    Very Cheazy. Looked like a hurried made for TV, Power Ranger like movie. Don't think for a minute that because it's a Marvel Comic Movie you can get away that. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    Ghost Rider another Marvel Comics adaptation with star Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider). Johnny Blaze makes a pact with the devil Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) that would save his father. Mephistopheles tells him that he will become a ghost rider. Father Blaze (Brett Cullen) dies and Joni breaks up with his childhood love Roxanne Simpson (Eva Mendes). Several years later, Johnny became famous stuntman. Johnny Blaze all the time lucky with death and he always survives during his stunts. one of the jumps he meets Roxanne. He risked his life invites her to dinner. Blaze evening sees Mephistopheles and turns into a ghost rider. Mephistopheles says Blaze that he needed to fight his son, Blackheart (Wes Bentley) and his fallen angels.

    Cage begins to wriggle and turn your bike into a ghost bike. Now he begins to sacrifice murderers and evil spirits from the souls that would burn in hell. Blaze Blackheart win if the curse will disappear. Armed with a motorcycle chain with bad CG animation it starts to fight against evil. He meets the cemetery Carter Slade / Ghost Rider who is the caretaker of the cemetery. He teaches him to control his mind. Blackheart kidnaps Roxanne Blaze and says that if he does not bring the contract it will die.
    Blackheart does not constitute a charismatic villain. It is not impressive as his fallen angels. Cage sees murderers and again begins to wriggle constantly. This is the main problem of the film is not very Cage looks at the role of the rider. Ghost Rider should be dark and serious, but all the time Cage hamming and joking.

    Director Mark Steven Johnson, the director of Daredevil is not very able to do movie comics. Screenplay is very stupid. Silly and funny dialogues will throughout the film. But the ending is just awful. Blaze Blackheart wins and refuses to expire. He says he is a racer that would win Mephistopheles.

    Subtotal: Ghost Rider is one of the worst movie comics
    Rating: C-
  7. OthoS.
    Feb 16, 2007
    I've always thought that Cage was a one-trick pony. Well, make that two tricks. He did manage to play a good drunk in Leaving Las Vegas. However, all his other roles are pretty much just variations on a theme. GR is no exception. Too bad--I usually like the Marvel flicks, even the Fantastic Four. Expand

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