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Over Her Dead Body (2008)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 143,547


Movie Info

Devastated when his fiancée Kate is killed on their wedding day, Henry reluctantly agrees to consult a psychic named Ashley at the urging of his sister Chloe. Despite his skepticism over her psychic abilities, Henry finds himself falling hard for Ashley, and vice versa. But there is a big snag. Ashley is being haunted by Kate's ghost, who considers it her heavenly duty to break up Henry and Ashley's fledgling romance, if it is the last thing she does on this earthly plane.

PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Romance , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeff Lowell
In Theaters:
May 6, 2008
Box Office:
New Line Cinema - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Over Her Dead Body

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

[An] offense of a ghost comedy.

February 22, 2008
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

You may remember Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. This is Bleh Spirit.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The tale [falls] short on imagination.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The worst night at the movies in this young year.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Not a life-changing romantic comedy, but it's funny enough, has charming leads and breezes by in its quick 97 minutes.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Ghost-lite romantic comedy is only so-so.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Entertainment Insiders

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

sweet jesus

July 5, 2008

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!

Full Review… | May 4, 2008

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
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.

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

'Over Her Dead Body' is DOA.

Full Review… | February 9, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 6, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

It was ok!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Got it?

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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