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Village Voice
You can call me fanboy, but this is the best anime I've ever seen.
Philadelphia Inquirer
The imagery is uniquely that of Oshii, who deserves a place in the pantheon of visual artists.
New York Daily News
The love and attention Oshii poured into animating Batou's pet basset hound proves that the human instinct dominates even in a movie dependent on technology.
Entertainment Weekly
The title Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a brain banger. But as sci-fi nomenclature goes, it's easy to read--no twistier, certainly, than "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."
Los Angeles Times
The dark sequel offers gorgeous images, with an updated and stylish design, but its characters' angst gets in the way of storytelling.
Brims with forboding, but it pulses with candy colors and the hum of neon signs.
Has plenty to satisfy fans and bring in new admirers.
Chicago Tribune
Like "Blade Runner," it's dense enough to be rewarding on multiple viewings, the hallmark of a classic.
New York Post
Some advice: Don't even bother trying to figure out what's going on in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence -- just sit back and enjoy the lush, trippy visuals.
Less a sequel than a variation on a haunting theme -- the nature and origins of humanity.
A downbeat story line layered with philosophical discourses will restrict the audience to fans of the animated genre.
Ingeniously crafted with flashes of intelligence, if not very memorable.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific.
Film Threat
Unfortunately, the outcome here is so over-the-top that it's going to wind up alienating most everyone that sees it.
Dallas Observer
There's a lot of imagination at work here; too bad just a little bit of it couldn't have been channeled into the creation of a better narrative.
L.A. Weekly
This sophomoric stuff is pure self-indulgence, a drone to accompany the admittedly eye-popping sound-and-light show. Oshii looks like yet another director who has gone off the deep end, believing too absolutely his own good reviews.
The A.V. Club
At times, Innocence feels like a clip show of Oshii projects past. But the effect proves more dulling than warmly familiar.
Talky, repetitive and largely covering the same ground with no new thoughts, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a major let-down.

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