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Over Her Dead Body (2008)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 91

With few laughs and little romantic chemistry, Over Her Dead Body lacks the ingredients of a successful romantic comedy.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 32

With few laughs and little romantic chemistry, Over Her Dead Body lacks the ingredients of a successful romantic comedy.



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Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, and Lake Bell star in first-time feature filmmaker Jeff Lowell's heavenly romantic comedy concerning a female psychic and a doubtful skeptic who find their fledgling love affair thwarted by the latter's recently deceased fiancée. Henry (Rudd) and Kate (Longoria Parker) were all prepared to live out their "happily ever after" when tragedy struck from out of nowhere and Kate was killed on their wedding day. In the aftermath of the accident, a devastated Paul


Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Jeff Lowell

May 6, 2008


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (91) | DVD (7)

[An] offense of a ghost comedy.

February 22, 2008
Rolling Stone
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You may remember Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. This is Bleh Spirit.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The kindest context in which to put Over Her Dead Body, which was written and directed by Jeff Lowell, is that of a training film, a public display of people trying to master their craft. The best way to see it is not at all.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The tale [falls] short on imagination.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Writer/director Jeff Lowell settles for a story that takes a little too long to tell, concocted situations a little too implausible to buy and repartee that occasionally hits the dartboard but never gets close to the bull's-eye.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The worst night at the movies in this young year.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Not a life-changing romantic comedy, but it's funny enough, has charming leads and breezes by in its quick 97 minutes.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Ghost-lite romantic comedy is only so-so.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... neither funny, charming or anything else that will make it a memorable hour and a half of viewing pleasure.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The film -- pinched from Ghost in every relevant particular -- is pretty moderate.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

The writing is intelligent, the pratfalls mostly work, and everyone is having a good time.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Well, this could have been a lot worse, instead it's just a piece of forgettable, mediocre fluff.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

sweet jesus

July 5, 2008 | Comment (1)

A wild and wicked catfight comic romp as Eva Longoria gets booted up to heaven and returns to planet earth with hell to pay, when she fumes over sharing her man. No, not that one!

May 4, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Have romantic comedies so run out of ideas that they have to cherrypick other genres for new material? Hauntings and exorcisms aren't usually the stuff of romantic comedies, but that is exactly what you get in the ridiculously flawed yet funny, Over H

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

About a dozen other movies have used variations on this plot. And every single one of them has been smarter and more entertaining than Over Her Dead Body.

February 25, 2008 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

'Over Her Dead Body' is DOA.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

What exactly is the joke here? She's a ghost who wants to stop her fiancé from dating a living person. So she's the bad guy, right? And what's her plan? Just keep talking loudly? What a big comic set piece that is.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

[A] clumsy supernatural comedy, dogged by truly lifeless plotting and a near-total lack of chemistry.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

There are some flat-out great moments in a largely mediocre film, which is enough to shoot it to the very top of its class - it is midwinter, after all.

February 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This insipid, staggeringly dumb entry from New Line stoops to unprecedented new lows likely to stun even the most jaded cynic.

February 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's marketed as a supernatural romantic comedy. The problem is that it's neither very romantic, nor comedic -- and things aren't appreciably better on the supernatural front.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...a clanking Frankenstein of a movie, stitched together from pieces plundered from the bodies of romantic comedies that went before.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The top-billed star of Over Her Dead Body dies within five minutes of her first appearance, and if the majority of the other characters in the movie suffered a similar fate, I wouldn't have complained much.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

It's not the dead body you have to worry about in Over Her Dead Body. It's the dead brain cells: yours.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Over Her Dead Body

How on earth did this film get made? Isn't this the kind of script that goes straight in the bin? It's horrible. It's nothing short of tasteless and an insult to intelligence. The concept is nothing new but this is the worst 'Ghost' film with the exception of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (where unbelievably the Ghost are of people who are still alive). Packed full of the usual rom-com cliches, not forgetting the big 'it's not at all romantic' error that seems to be a must when making these types of films these days. It's a total mess, doesn't do what it's supposed to and will only appeal to the utterly moronic.
July 4, 2014

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It was ok!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Got it?
February 14, 2011
Dead Angel

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this movie is obvious and predictable that leaves nothing to the imagination, although the concept is different and it has potential but the script is its failure and is funny in places but not really rememberable or worth the watch for a second time.
January 16, 2011
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