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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (12A)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (12A)

Action, Fantasy, Thriller

As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

The critical consensus

[The film] cannot claim to say much about human nature, but who could not love this actor?

**(*)(*)(*)Antonia Quirke, Financial Times, 16/02/2012

Time for this rider to head off into the sunset.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/02/2012

You’ll no doubt hear it said elsewhere, but, by comparison, this really does make the first Ghost Rider seem like stone-baked gold.

Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 16/02/2012

It's flashily produced twaddle.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 17/02/2012

A frantic sequel that is tamer than the original but no more appealing.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, 17/02/2012

So while Ghost Rider 2 is about as subtle as a sledgehammer and positively drenched in pyrotechnics and car chases, it’s also rather fun and, like all the best comic books, a little cleverer than first impressions suggest.

***(*)(*)James O'Brien, Daily Mail, 17/02/2012

Like Ghost Rider: Low Voltage, this is a surprisingly underpowered excursion into Marvel's mad world by Neveldine and Taylor. More purgatory than hellfire.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 17/02/2012

The ensuing chaos is certainly action-packed and strives to make the most of 3D, while indulging Cage’s passion for acting outside of the box. In fact, it’s so over the top, at times, that it’s bizarrely entertaining.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 17/02/2012

Despite mass explosions, a flaming bike, a hero who can turn into a skeleton and all of it in above average 3D, the film fails to excite thanks to stock characters, a lack of peril and a plot done a million times.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 17/02/2012

Funny in all the wrong places and long at 95 minutes. Cage might be on fine psychotic form, but the flaming skull barely manages a sizzle this time around.

**(*)(*)(*)Paul Bradshaw, Total Film, 17/02/2012

A wisp of a story with no variation in pace links cycle chases and violent battles.

Philip French, The Observer, 19/02/2012

By the end, I was wondering how an action movie about a demonic biker with a flaming-skull head could be so dull.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 19/02/2012

Idris Elba (The Wire) and Ciaran Hinds valiantly do battle with a script that gives nonsense a good name, but if you like flaming skulls and big bikes, Nic's your man.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 23/02/2012

Features about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (12A)

Nicolas Cage talks Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Total Film, 19/01/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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