Box art for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

action & adventure, thrillers


Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider, is now hiding out in remote Eastern Europe, struggling to repress his curse.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    18%
  • Audience Score
    32%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5

Crazy, violent, dumb action sequel quickly burns out.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the sequel to the 2007's Ghost Rider and is based on a Marvel Comics character (albeit one who seems more on wreaking vengeance than assisting people in need). There's lots of strong, if mostly bloodless, fantasy violence; unlike the original movie, this one is in 3-D, which makes some of the action/violence even more intense. Characters burn and decay; a woman and a boy (about 13) are slapped around; there are fights, explosions, guns and shooting; and lots of stuff catches on fire. Ghost Rider's skull face is pretty creepy, too. Language is infrequent but includes one use of "f--k"; there's also some brief sexual innuendo and a quick reference to a minor character being an alcoholic (he's shown drinking but not drunk).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance's fantasy violence. Was it gruesome or thrilling? How does the impact of this kind of mayhem compare to more realistic violence?
  • What kind of superhero is Ghost Rider? Is he a good guy -- a role model? How does he compare to other superheroes?
  • When Ghost Rider agrees to take back his powers to help others, is this an admirable act, or a selfish act? Or can it be both?
  • Why are so many action/superhero movies based on comic books? What's the appeal?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

1 star

With the somewhat-incoherency of directors Neveldine & Taylor, Spirit of Vengeance is much more weaker than its already failing predecessor. The tiring script and mostly a predictably performance from its cast, including its protagonist in Nicolas Cage, makes waste of this satanic Marvel anti-hero. 1/5

- fb1442511448, Monday, December 31, 2012

1 star

Mark Steven Johnson was an odd choice of director for the first Ghost Rider, I suppose Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor were more obvious choices but they've not come a long way since Crank, they now seem to be the go to guys for 'in your face effects at the expensive of any real substance'. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a better film than the first due to its better effects and darker character. The skull looks better. The story is however and 50/50 balance of ridiculous and dull. Dare I say it, the first film had more going for it story-wise. The only bits of this film I really enjoyed were the comedy moments but then I'm not sure they were intentional. The ending got so stupid and confusing that I just didn't care anymore and I wanted it to end. One star for effects.

- SirPant, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2 stars

An average sequel at best, done with a smaller budget by the looks of it. It has quite a good crop of British actors who many will recognise. The action scenes are ok, bike stunts pretty good and the CGI for the bike, flaming skull are decent. It just really falls down on the plot more than anything. Don't expect anything outstanding.

- Deano78, Tuesday, October 9, 2012