Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

By Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Visually dazzling, but no better than the first.

Movie PG-13 2004 100 minutes
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

16 and up

Just like its previous part. Real Violence Sexual Themes Bad Language(bastard,sh-t,damn,bitch)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Anime has come a long way since the first Ghost in the Shell (1995); the movie's gorgeous mix of traditional and 3-D animation makes for dynamic spectacle. Where the first Ghost had static dialogue scenes, Innocence has diverting visuals. Unfortunately, this sequel adds little new content. The plot is as convoluted as first movie's, and for all the metaphysics and philosophy involved, the story is not much different. Fans expecting a big payoff after a decade of waiting might be left wanting more.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 17, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: December 28, 2004
  • Cast: Akio Otsuka , Atsuko Tanaka , Koichi Yamadera
  • Director: Mamoru Oshii
  • Inclusion Information: Asian actors
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Anime
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, disturbing images and brief language
  • Last updated: August 2, 2023

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate