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Ghost Town (2008)

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85

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 152 | Rotten: 27

Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.

83

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 7

Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.

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Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear star in director David Koepp's fantasy comedy concerning Bertram Pincus, a dentist who gains the ability to communicate with the dead after momentarily dying during a routine medical procedure. When the dearly departed begin requesting favors from Dr. Pincus, the self-absorbed dentist finds that living with ghosts isn't easy. Fortunately, recently deceased businessman Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) agrees to keep the dead at bay if Dr. Pincus will just agree to

Dec 27, 2008

$13.2M

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It is alternately tender, sad and smart. It's also very funny.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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This just kind of fell flat.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Enjoyable as it is to see Gervais trying (and often succeeding) to make something of the mediocre dialogue, it's not enough.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Naturally, Koepp makes it his business to redeem this unpleasant character and recast him as an acceptable stand-in for a romantic lead. But cynics should not despair; it's not a complete makeover.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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It's enlivened by the performance of Ricky Gervais as Bertram Pincus, a latter-day Scrooge for whom the living are no less annoying than the dead.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The best part of the movie is watching Gervais and Leoni delight in each other in scenes that burst with spontaneity and genuine warmth.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The big screen's best use of the talents of the sarcastic, ever put-upon Mr. Gervais.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Dozens of other movies have romped on the same grass. But Gervais spritzes everything in Ghost Town with a delightfully refreshing comic mist.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The Town isn't as impressive as Affleck's directing debut, 2007's Gone Baby Gone, but he handles the action scenes with brutal efficiency and gets terrific performances from his co-stars.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Yes, there are gags about mummy penises and canine halitosis, but other sublime moments recall Albert Brooks' social-satire heyday. Given the otherworldly elements, David Koepp's "Ghost Town" sweetly hits the heights of Brooks' "Defending Your Life."

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

The pudgy Brit looks right at home here on the big screen, starring in a romantic comedy in which we're asked to believe he might have a chance with Tea Leoni. And you know what? He makes us believe.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Ghost Town is funny and moves along briskly, fulfilling the two most important qualities of a romantic comedy.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

This is a good romantic comedy, and that is a genre that often gets messed up. Here, the old formula comes out just right.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Rises above expectations, even though it never quite shatters the genre mould.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Gervais' rapport with his equally enjoyable co-stars Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni also keeps Ghost Town on solidly funny ground.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Gervais, Leoni (adorável) e Kinnear estabelecem uma boa dinâmica, elevando o roteiro convencional e divertindo mais do que o material conseguiria naturalmente.

April 3, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Ricky Gervais is an anti-social dentist who can speak with the dead in this very funny romantic comedy about unfinished business.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Ghost Town is both a surprise and a departure: it's genuinely funny and quietly original. It also shows what Gervais can do in the right role.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

In the end, Ghost Town delivers. Right now, we need all the laughs we can get. Especially kindly ones.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

In different hands, this could have been forgettably saccharine fare, but Gervais' genius and an excellent cast of bit players turn it into solidly acerbic entertainment.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Writer-director David Koepp is almost too careful a craftsman for his own good, but Gervais and Leoni share a talent for throwing the audience off-balance...

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

This film is so unexpectedly enjoyable.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The bravura blend of English eccentricity thanks to Ricky Gervais' presence and the surreal fantasy of a new take on the 'I see dead people' concept makes for highly entertaining cinema, especially in the first half

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

I laughed many times at the absurdity of the script and the situations, and was then surprised to find myself dabbing my eyes a few minutes later when emotional truths suddenly kicked in. Everything works

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Sorrow and darkness aren't far below the surface of this lovely comedy, which makes our laughter more agreeable, and more frequent.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Ricky Gervais has become a major international star. The British comic created and was the lead actor in the original British TV version of The Office (2006) and Extras (2007). He has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe. Now after a few bit parts his distinc

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Audience Reviews for Ghost Town

When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought it seemed like a quaint and interesting story. I've always had an undying fascination for things like ghosts and life after death (whether it be a comedy or otherwise) which I why I reckoned this to be a pretty safe bet. All I got, however, was an overly sentimental, unfunny snoozefest of a movie, whose only real success was in destroying a perfectly good plot idea. That being said, I don't think I'll be as swift to ignore the reviews the next time around, because had I taken note of the general opinion of this film, I might have avoided wasting nearly two hours of my life. Time that could have been spent watching something way more enjoyable, like (for instance) Peter Jackson's The Frighteners, which has some similarities to this film, except doesn't suck.
February 24, 2012
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Can't help get rumblings of 'Ghost' in places here, especially near the end when Gervais is trying to win over the girl...but with a lighter twist. Again its an average film that is fine yet lacking any real bite. I was really hoping for some Gervais gold but it really isn't as funny as it could have been. There are some nice lines but it was screaming for more laughs, I soooo wanted to like it more but its a bit dull really.
Not a bad film, just very plain n average, much like the effects and acting, all kinda nice but abit boring, shame.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

My predicted rating: 2.5

I feel this film exceeded my expectations, just because I had been given the impression that it was a complete flop. It's easy watching, with predictability in a "Ghost" meets "Bruce Almighty" type of way.
September 25, 2011
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

seem to be in the very small minority of people that can't stand Ricky Gervais and find him completely unfunny. I don't like his comedy style and the few things he's written that I have found funny, have ultimately been spoilt by the way he has delivered them. It's no surprise then that I didn't really enjoy this film, however, it is surprising that I also didn't hate it.
September 12, 2011
SirPant

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    1. WWII nurse: Come back soon.
    2. Bertram Pincus: What a terrible thing to say in a hospital.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (18 months ago)
    1. Bertram Pincus: Did anything usual happen during my operation?
    2. surgeon: You... uh... died for seven minutes.
    3. Bertram Pincus: I died! For seven minutes!
    4. surgeon: We brought you right back. People die all the time.
    5. Bertram Pincus: Yeah, but it's usually just once... at the end.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (18 months ago)
    1. Bertram Pincus: Dr. Prashar - you're from a... scary country, right?
    2. Dr. Prashar: ...I'm from India...
    3. Bertram Pincus: But, you're not... Christian, like us?
    4. Dr. Prashar: ...I'm a Hindu...
    5. Bertram Pincus: Yeah. So, um, how would you extract information from a hostile?
    6. Dr. Prashar: Well... as a... Hindu person... I would just... ask him... politely...
    – Submitted by Victoria A (18 months ago)
    1. Bertram Pincus: Listen, our time together, as we both know, has been rather unpleasant. But I will say this: even though you're a vulgar man - boorish, distasteful, uncouth, uneducated, *stupid* - at least... [long pause]
    2. Frank Herlihy: You gonna finish?
    3. Bertram Pincus: Done. [shrugs]
    – Submitted by Victoria A (18 months ago)
    1. Bertram Pincus: [pointing at the dog] When did you get your horse?
    2. Gwen: A couple of months ago. I found him at this shelter in Long Island. They were gonna put him down.
    3. Bertram Pincus: Then they lost their nerve, did they?
    – Submitted by Victoria A (18 months ago)
    1. Bertram Pincus: You lied. Why would you do that?
    2. Frank Herlihy: Because you're a heartless son-of-a-bitch who doesn't give a rat's ass about anyone but himself. She's already had one of those.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (18 months ago)
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