Like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one burns plenty of rubber trying to swerve around plot holes and thinly written characters.
Adam Markovitz - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
The standards of all involved are so obviously floorboard-high, there's not much to say after the lights come up other than one of Blaze's "one-liners": "So, that happened."
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Whether Cage is still paying off castles, appeasing the IRS, or rebuilding his comic book collection, it's clear he's decided, for now, to trade his talent for cold, hard cash.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
What more would one want? Well, actually, quite a bit, but this movie ain't got much more than that. Still, as noisesome entertainments go, it 'brings' that thing we sometimes call 'it.'
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Spirit of Vengeance is weighted down for long stretches in the middle, as it starts to treat its own religious hokum plotline with undue seriousness.
Andrew Barker - Variety
Ordinarily I'd be into the idea of seeing Nicolas Cage's face burn, but alas, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is not a documentary.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Shot in Romania and Turkey, the scenery is terrific and gives you something to watch other than this confusing mess. Johnny Blaze, you're just a candle in the wind, mate.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
An aggressively mediocre improvement on the first film.
William Goss - Film.com
This is a boring movie. The over-the-top outlandishness can't disguise that the whole 95 minutes represent one big snooze-fest.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance nudges its obscure hero's mythology forward a bit without seeming to care much how it gets there.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
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!
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Like a laboratory experiment on how often a movie can spin from bad to good and back again.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
It makes me feel cheated and sad.
Dave White - Movies.com
Nic Cage doesn't get a chance to qualify for the Razzies in this one, which prompts me to recommend you rent Drive Angry instead. That movie has a much better use of a human skull.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
A schlocky, derivative, and incredibly ridiculous sequel.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is too awful and cheesy to recommend to anyone, even the most diehard superhero fans.
Christian Law - We Got This Covered
This is destined for a place at the bottom of the pile come the end of the year, but in all honesty, did anyone really expect anything good out of a movie about a guy with a flaming skull going around killing people?
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
In terms of stupid, dumb, no-brainer comic-book films, they don't come much stupider, dumber and no-brainier than this.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
There are flashes of Neveldine/Taylor's self-deprecating sense of humor also, but even those can't overcome a story that's completely inert and uninvolving.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
As a B-grade horror/action hybrid, and the lowered expectations that come with that description, it's a very fun experience.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
An atrocious sequel...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Ghost Rider only excels when it embraces the gonzo direction of directors Neveldine and Taylor. Sadly though, the film seems to be pumping its brakes more than riding with a vengeance.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Save your money. Read "The Devil and Daniel Webster" or "Doctor Faustus." Listen to Robert Johnson. Or just be a decent human being, so you'll never have the devil to pay.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Only a marginal improvement over the leaden first film, with Idris Elba providing a number of the film's few bright spots.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
All things being equal, I would rather have seen Crank 3D.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Campy humor and excellent visual effects help star and ever perplexing Nicholas Cage, who once won an Oscar.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The prophecy says the ritual will take place ..." tells you that this movie was entirely dictated by location. The ritual could take place in the middle of Times Square and it would still end up looking like it was shot in an anonymous Romanian nightclub
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
A goofy, gonzo thrill ride, Vengeance is a bad movie sequel so bad it's good -- a bad movie that's almost a great bad movie.
An unwanted sequel to one of the worst comic book films ever made blasts onto the screen with such assaultive energy that memories of its predecessor are incinerated from your brain.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Beyond the action there isn't much going on. It has a dud plot that attempts to reboot the story of the character. Cage revels in his own insanity and you have to wonder if the guy gives a crap anymore.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Astonishing effects, brilliant production design, great locations, relentless pace and some wry lines well delivered give the film excellent entertainment value
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Although Spirit of Vengeance never reaches the madcap heights of Neveldine/Taylor's unhinged Crank, it's an inventive, wonderfully weird, and surprisingly focused one-shot comic-book adventure.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Every action scene serves as an oasis, sparsely scattered in the desert of B-movie dullness.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
"Ghost Rider" is coming to suck out your soul. Or, at least $14 from your wallet. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
It was exactly what I expected it to be, and I was fine with that.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Elba has his usual charisma and Hinds has a powerful presence of lurking menace, but a film that explores what happens when the Ghost Rider has to urinate while enflamed, and does so with a wink and a smile, is not to be taken seriously
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Under the turbocharged bad-trip direction of 'Crank' auteurs Neveldine and Taylor, this impossible and absurd scenario seems inspired not by a comic book but by a drug fiend's delirium.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
In every way an improvement upon its predecessor, though as humongously stupid as its predecessor was, that says very, very little.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
If they would have just had more crazy Cage, and a faster 'Crank'-style film, it could have worked.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Memorable mainly for its cheesy CGI fakery.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
What an unholy mess is 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' in which a man who made a deal with the devil roams the earth in search of bad guys.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
Cage appears to find his role as this second-tier Marvel Comics antihero alternately silly, tremendously fun, and the means to a decent paycheck for not all that much work.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A slight improvement in style, but unfortunately, the movie still lags behind in the script and character departments.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Ghost Rider 2 good, mindless fun.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Rosemary's Baby on hot wheels.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
What's striking is that Cage appears so darned content that this is the weird path his career has taken. In that regard Cage isn't much different from Ghost Rider, impervious to bombs and giddily going down in flames.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
I would not have bothered to go see this except for the fact that I liked the first "Ghost Rider" movie, starring Nicholas Cage. This was a disappointment.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
There's no reason in 2012 for a high-profile studio film under the Marvel banner to feel like a low-rent direct-to-video sequel.
John Gholson - Movies.com
Ghost Rider is a multi-million dollar franchise and consequently the two directors have been obliged to tone down their act; a vintage example of the catch-all mentality that makes many of these movies mechanical, joyless affairs.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Another step downward in the spiral to the bottom of Nicolas Cage's film career.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A wisp of a story with no variation in pace links cycle chases and violent battles.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
This film sucks on a level I can scarcely describe.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
When I go to see a Nicolas Cage movie I expect cheesy fun, not something this dull.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
At this point, I dare Neveldine and Taylor to... reach even a baseline competence as visual storytellers.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
I get the fact that much of it is done with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but the problem is that this just isn't any fun.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A movie about a man who is frequently on fire SHOULD NOT BE BORING!
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Neveldine and Taylor latch onto Nicolas Cage's spasmodic reverie of elated exaggeration in this wild-hair sequel. His performance is the reason this disposable movie is so entertaining ... and why we shouldn't close the book on him quite yet.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Cage chews more scenery than a pack of hungry termites
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
With plenty of goggle-eyed Cage/Blaze warped effects on tap, and Cage gurning ..., what more does this silly series need? Better bike effects for starters ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
To question where things went wrong feels somehow strange, as the project seems to have been ill-conceived from the very start.
Michael Nordine - Slant Magazine
If originality were a crime, this film's screenplay wouldn't need a lawyer.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
With its visual gimmickry, attention-seeking camerawork, and in-your-face special effects, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance spends so much time trying to be badass that it forgets to be good.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Spirit Of Vengeance is madder than a line of designer guinea pig pyjamas and possesses the energy of a pre-schooler on a diet of candy floss and insulin shots.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
The filmmakers understand that they have happy, productive, kooky Nicolas Cage on hand, not sullen money-hungry Cage, and they let him loose.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
"Let's just say good judgment's not my forte," quips Cage at one point, although the line can also be applied in a broader sense.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
At best, the Neveldine/Taylor team is capable of transforming ingeniously trashy premises into pop art, but here, they inherit a promisingly trashy franchise and fail to give it the allure and go-for-broke energy of superior trash.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
The dialogue is so bad it's kind of terrific; the movie has a particular camp appeal that may well win it a cult following.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
This is a movie about a flaming skeleton that rides a motorcycle -- there's no excuse for it to be this dull.
It's not as wild or as fun as it may sound (or that it needs to be to hit the midnight-movie sweet spot for which it aims), but it's a minor improvement on the unintentional silliness of the initial installment.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor bring nothing of note to this hackneyed follow-up to the money-raking original.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
A disappointing sequel that's let down by a messy, frequently dull script, an uneven tone and a wildly over-the-top (but not in a good way) performance from Nicolas Cage.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Bad news for fans of the character, admirers of quality filmmaking, and anyone who forgot to bring some Tylenol to the screening.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Cage maintains his reign as Hollywood's Captain of Crazy with a performance that sometimes feels like an impression of Andy Samberg's impression of him.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Quite why Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine, the directors of the brilliant Crank, got involved is anyone's guess. Perhaps their tax bills were also due.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
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.
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
This sequel ends up feeling a bit like cinematic road kill, neither exciting nor comic enough to get anyone's motor running.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
A movie made by morons for morons and the only thing it will leave viewers with is a desperate need for an aspirin to be utilized in a non-contraceptive capacity.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
This is a movie of shattering ineptitude, starting at the script and reaching into every aspect of the cheap, rushed, sh***y-looking production.
Yeah, crazy Nic Cage pisses fire, but only for a second and in someone's imagination, a great indication that even the characters in this film are dreaming of something better.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Ghost Rider eats souls and this film has eaten my will to live.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's ludicrously flimsy and over-the-top with a flaming chain whip included.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
It's almost as bad as the first movie and not nearly as fun to ridicule. And in retrospect, that makes it feel like an even bigger failure.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
[S]o bad that the projector attempted suicide multiple times during the opening-day public showing I attended. This is very nearly the literal truth.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's clear Neveldine/Taylor can do nonsensical over-the-top action movies like Crank. All Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance shows is that they can't do much else.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A lifeless continuation for a character best suited for the colored page, where his spiritual mystique isn't decimated by hammy acting, earthbound writing, and directors more interested in camera angles than propulsive storytelling.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Where the first Ghost Rider was a decidedly straitlaced affair, with Cage bouncing madly around inside it, Spirit Of Vengeance fails to capitalize on either its star or its concept.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Cage cuts loose with such campy abandon when he's supposed to be tormented that even Johnny Blaze seems to get this is going nowhere.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
That mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Supernatural fantasy movies often work best when the film-maker's tongue is planted firmly in the cheek.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
The bad news is that this sequel, which wants to wow us with its unrestrained, hyper-stylized, WTF-ness, is way too disposable for its own good.
Brings all the cartoonish insanity of the directors' Crank to the -- let's face it -- cartoonishly insane concept of the Ghost Rider. It's a match made in, er, hell.
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
It's filled with plenty of noise and aggressively choppy storytelling, signifying only those things.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
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 M. Bradshaw - Total Film
A grim, ugly movie that takes its ridiculous premise much too seriously and doesn't showcase effects good enough to make up for all its shortcomings.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Slightly improved in a few departments, but riddled yet again with a trashy script and groan-worthy aims at humor that don't fit in with the film's darker, grittier style.
Cage is the only one here aware that he is making a B-movie comedy. Everyone else plays it straight. (Parental Movie Review also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
Nicolas Cage's return to the blazing bike saddle is a distinct improvement on its dire predecessor, although that is hardly a blistering recommendation of its quality.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It would have been nice to have seen someone brave enough to release a violent, scary, 18-rated Ghost Rider movie. They had the character, the actor and the directors to do it. Such a shame they didn't.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
A frantic sequel that is tamer than the original but no more appealing.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
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 [UK]
More purgatory than hellfire.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Time for this rider to head off into the sunset.
Lacking even the perverse pleasure of a memorable Nicolas Cage performance, this messy superhero pic conjures unpleasant memories of what was until now Marvel's biggest comic book failure, Elektra.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
An original oxymoron of a movie; an unholy mess that's both relentlessly chaotic and mind-numbingly boring.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Ghost Rider ... cannot claim to say much about human nature, but who could not love this actor?
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
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