Ghost Town Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 17, 2008
Ghost Town's unwillingness to escape from a safe orbit keeps the movie trapped in mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2008
Ghost Town isn't terrible; if it were on TV, I'd watch it. But it's a couple of steps away from being good, and many more steps away from being as good as the movies and plays it swipes from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
Director David Koepp turns a ghost story into a less-than-great comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
This just kind of fell flat.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
September 22, 2008
Ghost Town relies on Ricky Gervais' ability to play a rather mean lead character - until suddenly it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 23, 2008
It should have been a comedic version of Quantum Leap or Sixth Sense, but instead we get a boring, unbelievable potential romance between Gervais and Leoni.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 19, 2008
Ghost Town is a non-horror ghost movie dressed up as a comedy...Instead of seeing people hacked to death in formula fashion, they're bored to death in the same style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
September 29, 2008
Ghost Town stars one of the world's premier comedic talents in his first starring movie role, but misuses him to an alarming degree.
| Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 6, 2008
This charming film never quite got off the ground for me. I don't think it's worth a trip to the theater, but might make a better DVD rental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 18, 2008
If there must be another go-around with the guilt-ridden dead trying to correct their errant ways, I'll take Jennifer Love Hewitt. It's shallow, but, then again, so is Ghost Town.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Karl French
Financial Times
October 24, 2008
It is so nearly a ghost-themed remake of Groundhog Day that you can't help but think how much more interesting it would have been reworked by Harold Ramis with Bill Murray in the lead role.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 18, 2008
You can only wander down this comic road for so long. Once you've run through a few sight gags, you have to go somewhere else with this old-fashioned, high-concept premise.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
September 18, 2008
It's as if Rosie O'Donnell tried to slip into a Carrie Underwood-sized teeny weeny bikini instead of a tasteful one piece. Not enough material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 20, 2008
Maybe Ricky Gervais is a funny guy, but you'd never know it from this charmless excuse for a supernatural romantic comedy, which doesn't have the first clue how to take advantage of his dry, tangential, self-deprecating wit.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 18, 2008
Ostensibly a comedy, but one in which the (normally) brilliantly funny Ricky Gervais is more dull than he is droll, Ghost Town takes a familiar formula and goes nowhere with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 31, 2008
The constant appearances of the almost-dead indicate how out of ideas this premise holds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Skylaire Alfvegren
E! Online
September 18, 2008
Derailed by a romantic subplot, Ghost Town fails to make use of the dead as proper comedic fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 18, 2008
quickly shifts into standard operating procedure and comedy is swallowed by template
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
It takes a good while for Ricky Gervais to warm up in Ghost Town; it takes even longer for the audience to warm up to Ricky Gervais.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 28, 2008
Is he having a laugh?
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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