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  • Summary: The Spirit is the story of Denny Colt, a murdered cop who is mysteriously reborn as the masked crime fighter called the Spirit. Determined to keep his beloved Central City safe, the Spirit pursues Central City’s villains from the shadows and seeks to remove to the worst of them all: theThe Spirit is the story of Denny Colt, a murdered cop who is mysteriously reborn as the masked crime fighter called the Spirit. Determined to keep his beloved Central City safe, the Spirit pursues Central City’s villains from the shadows and seeks to remove to the worst of them all: the psychotic megalomaniac known as the Octopus. Yet as busy as his ongoing mission keeps him, the dashing crusader always manages to make time for beautiful women, though he never quite knows if they want to seduce, love or kill him. But there is one lady who will never betray him, and to whom he will always be true: Central City, the proud old metropolis where he was born – twice. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 15 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The Spirit is uneven, but its campy adventure provides some amusing, escapist fun.
  2. 50
    There are good things to be said about The Spirit, but not enough of them to outweigh the bad.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    40
    Miller's flat, humorless yarn is set in Central City, a vacant metropolis whose only residents seem to be cops and crooks.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Burchette
    38
    Not charming, but not cynical, The Spirit is wholly unrecommendable, but made with greater care than many movies that are.
  5. Reviewed by: Carina Chocana
    30
    Doesn't just play like a cheap "Batman" knockoff, it plays like a cheap "Batman" knockoff that knows it's a cheap "Batman" knockoff -- and wants to be sure everybody knows it knows.
  6. Only Sarah Paulson, as the Spirit's doctor and sometime lover, seems to be in there playing the scenes as if she were a human being in a comic book superhero scenario, as opposed to a comic book character stuck in a cruddy movie.
  7. Throwing your $10.25 down a storm drain is a better idea; at least that way you won't feel the added self-loathing of wasting more than an hour and a half of your life watching Eva Mendes in the worst acting job of her career.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 58
  2. Negative: 29 out of 58
  1. NickR.
    Aug 15, 2009
    10
    I absolutely loved this movie. As a fan of the comics and Frank miller, I found this movie Sexy, Cool and Fun.
  2. StevenO
    Jan 5, 2009
    9
    This movie is not as bad as the critics say. I seen this movie on its release date and it was more fun then any movie since the dark knight. This movie is not as bad as the critics say. I seen this movie on its release date and it was more fun then any movie since the dark knight. Dont listen to critics go see it for yourself. Expand
  3. JimK.
    Jan 3, 2009
    8
    Maybe it was because I was expecting a bad movie, but I thought The Spirit was hilarious. I hope people viewing it know it's supposed to Maybe it was because I was expecting a bad movie, but I thought The Spirit was hilarious. I hope people viewing it know it's supposed to be funny. Gabriel Macht's performance is reminiscent of Bruce Campbell and Samuel Jackson is throwing punches and hamming it up for laughs. If you enjoy Sam Raimi flicks (E.g. Army of Darkness), and like the visual stylings of Frank Miller comics, you'll enjoy The Spirit. Expand
  4. Dec 31, 2011
    3
    You got to be **** kidding me. What was Frank Miller thinking? Did really think if he used beautiful visuals over a screwed up story he couldYou got to be **** kidding me. What was Frank Miller thinking? Did really think if he used beautiful visuals over a screwed up story he could get like, what, a oscar? If he was, then man, he's thinking WRONG. Collapse
  5. ElizabethG
    Jan 22, 2009
    2
    I went with a friend to see this movie, and it was ultimately made into an unintentional comedy. I do not recommend this movie for anyone who I went with a friend to see this movie, and it was ultimately made into an unintentional comedy. I do not recommend this movie for anyone who wants to see action, but i highly recommend it for anyone who wants a quick laugh. So 2 stars from my perspective, but I give it a 5 on the comedy aspect. Expand
  6. TomM.
    Jan 4, 2009
    1
    Even after all of the negative reviews I was still surprised at just how bad this movie was. I thought, as a sin city fan, I would at least Even after all of the negative reviews I was still surprised at just how bad this movie was. I thought, as a sin city fan, I would at least appreciate the look and style of the film but it was a lot more Sky Captain than it was Sin City. I rarely walk out on a movie and I did make it most of the way through here buy ultimately I had to leave. Expand
  7. Fantasy
    Dec 26, 2008
    0
    Right up there for the Razzberry worst movie of the year. Save your money.

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