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Owen Gleiberman
February 21, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ghost Rider

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
114 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/16/07
performer
Nicolas Cage, Wes Bentley, Eva Mendes
director
Mark Steven Johnson
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Mark Steven Johnson
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

It’s axiomatic that the more a superhero looks like the spawn of Satan, the more of a softy he is inside. As Johnny Blaze, a daredevil biker who sells his soul, becoming the vengeful Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage passes off droopiness as acting. The Ghost Rider himself makes for a nifty image, with a skull that pokes out of his spiked leather jacket and pops into flames like a cigarette lighter. But everything else in Ghost Rider(the story, the visual energy, Peter Fonda channeling Jack Nicholson as the devil) is so much flatter than it was on the comic-book page that an image is all he is. C-

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