Tomatometer: 92%Adjusted Score: 86.7
Comic books aren't all about superheroes, aliens, gangsters, and cyborgs; as 2001's Terry Zwigoff-directed "Ghost World" proved with a tale of the seemingly pedestrian everyday lives of teenage girls just out of high school. In bringing Daniel Clowes' books to the big screen, Zwigoff assembled a talented cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, and Bob Balaban; this didn't stop "Ghost World" from losing money during its theatrical run, but it did help send the movie all the way to a 92 percent Fresh rating on the Tomatometer (and no doubt had something to do with it finding a second life on the home-video market) -- not bad for a movie revolving around the minor suburban exploits of two cynical high school graduates.
With acerbic wit, Terry Zwigoff fashions Daniel Clowes' graphic novel into an intelligent, comedic trip through deadpan teen angst.
Terry Zwigoff finally follows up his 1994 breakout success, CRUMB, with this infectious, insightful, and ultimately sad look at teenage angst and boredom in suburbia that recalls such films as WELCOME...
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