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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Although packaged as a movie, is in reality a clever 106-minute promo for Sony's PlayStation II games.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Moviegoers accustomed to Hollywood action probably won't find this contemplative adventure so appealing.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    May not tell a great story, but it's a great wow.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The story is nuts-and-bolts space opera, without the intelligence and daring of, say, Steven Spielberg's ''A.I.'' But the look of the film is revolutionary. Final Fantasy is a technical milestone, like the first talkies or 3-D movies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

First computer animated movie to "star" actors.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes brief strong language and extreme prolonged peril, with the violent death of many major characters.

  • Families can talk about whether the vision of the future it portrays could possibly become reality, and about how the discoveries of important scientists have been considered heretical. They may want to talk about the motivation of the General. Was he just acting out of rage at the loss of his family?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Scary monsters, many killed; major characters in peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false1

    Language: Brief mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue