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Ghost (1990)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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An interesting hybrid of popular film genres, Ghost showcases the talents of its entire cast. While out on the town one evening, New York couple Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are confronted by a mugger. After submitting to his demands, Sam is murdered anyway. He then finds himself a disembodied spirit, invisible to the living world, wandering without hope until he finds a spiteful spirit aboard the subway (Vincent Schiavelli) who gives him some helpful pointers on how to co-exist.

Apr 24, 2001

Paramount Pictures

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The movie's slogan is "Believe," not an unreasonable request. But even those who'd be happy to comply must get past Ghost's one casting jaw-dropper, a certain woolly-mindedness to its script and a production prettified to the point of stickiness.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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What it offers, apart from the overblown special effects that seem inescapable in American movies, is an unusual and effective combination of swooning, morbid romance and screwball comedy.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The passion and poignancy of trying to communicate with the dead is well-exploited here. Moore has never been more fetching.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Given its obviously commercial aims, Ghost is remarkably appealing on a purely personal level. It is about how you deal with death.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ghost is one part horror picture, one part comedy, one part love story, one part murder mystery and four parts entrancing.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A bad movie that a lot of people will like.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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A perfect balance of laughs and tears, a sparklingly funny script and a clever fantasy about ghostly goings on make this a superior blockbuster romance.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
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This isn't another movie about friendly spirits hanging out. It takes the ghost business with boneheaded seriousness.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

One of the finest (and weepiest) love stories ever to hit the big screen, Ghost is a a fundamental human tale that touches the hardest heart.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The pottery scene is still sexy despite numerous spoofs.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The special effects are a real treat, the love-beyond-the-grave theme is very touching and the ending is a wonderful piece of schmaltz.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's enough to make you wonder: Doesn't anybody know how to write an old- fashioned romance any more?

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There's something relentlessly superficial about the movie, and in one area that cries out for sensitivity -- the treatment of racial differences among the characters -- it falls down badly.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A big sweet hit, tingly and glycerined in a phony way, but diverting.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sappy, melodramatic but never insincere, Ghost takes a B-list cast and an impossibly hokey story and blends them into an entertaining picture, though one you'll probably kick yourself for liking.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Romance, suspense, gags, and one-liners.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Achieves every last one of its goals, and accomplishes this task through thoughtful thespian efforts, considered direction, and a magnetic hold of romanticism that glues together a crowd-pleaser of the highest order.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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Audience Reviews for Ghost

Iconic and heartwarming, this romantic thriller film delivers strong performances and memorable sequences despite an occasional lack of sophistication in the production.
July 29, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Movie about a man (Patrick) who is murdered and he has to come to terms with being a ghost. He uses a medium (Whoopi) to communicate to his partner (Demi) as she is in danger. A very moving love story. Great cast. The shadows still scare me!
March 20, 2013
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"Ghost" is one of those films that is filmmaking at its most effective: It is uncomplicated, entertaining and engrossing with surprisingly good performances. And while many may scoff at the film as pure fluff, their scoffs unfairly overlook "Ghost"'s amazing balance of drama, comedy and action - a feat that is very hard to achieve in films.

"Ghost" is smart enough to work off a very uncomplicated script. The plot is very basic and doesn't try to fool you with too many twists and turns - keeping the twists to just one very effective one at the film's climax. This allows the viewer to just engross themselves into the lives of the characters without having too much to figure out. You become invested in the central relationship.

The performances work. "Ghost" takes advantage of Whoopi Goldberg at her best and she plays Oda Mae Brown with a gusto that makes her irresistible. She carries the film's comedy squarely on her shoulder but doesn't venture into cartoonish territory allowing Oda Mae's journey to be just as important to the viewer as Sam and Molly's.

Speaking of Molly Jensen and her doomed lover Sam Wheat (the titular Ghost), they are played with uncomplicated effectiveness by star-on-the-rise Demi Moore and hot-after-"Dirty Dancing" Patrick Swayze. She cries. He swoons. And Swayze proves to have just as much chemistry with Goldberg as he does with Moore. While Goldberg got the Academy Award and Moore became an A-lister, Swayze is the one that anchors the film.

Jerry Zucker assembles this film amazingly well. He keeps it simple, he knows that when a scene is meant to make you swoon he puts it on overdrive (the use of "Unchained Melody" in the pottery scene is brilliant). When the scene is meant to make you laugh he doesn't get in the way of the joke - nothing else happens. When he wants you to feel Molly's sadness, a major close up of her crying face and falling tears is in frame. Zucker guides the movie effectively.

"Ghost" is an underrated gem. Not the most substantive film, but so what? It's funny, it's sad, it's romantic, it's thrilling. Just what a pure Hollywood film needs to be. Nothing more, nothing less.
October 8, 2012
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Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

I only thought this was okay when I saw it as a kid, but now that I'm older, more seasoned in film criticism, and less ironically embracing of supernatural melodrama, I can truly appreciate Ghost for the stylish, thrilling, Academy Award-winning tearjerker it is. If you don't wanna throw some pots after watching this, you're dead to me.
September 6, 2012
aliceinpunderland

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    1. Sam Wheat: They're going to kill you, Carl. You and Willie! You're going to be fertilizer. They're gonna bury you right next to Jimmy Hoffa.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Oda Mae Brown: Why don't you go haunt a house? Rattle some chains or something.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Sam Wheat: Ditto!
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Sam Wheat: I'm Henry the 8th I am. Henry the 8th I am I am. I got married to the widow next door. She's been married seven times before.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Subway Ghost: [Looking longingly at a pack of cigarettes] Ahh what I wouldn't give for a drag! Just one drag!
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Sam Wheat: It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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