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The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 140
Fresh: 37
Rotten: 103

Critics Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 26

Critics Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 289,758

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Movie Info

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's wedding, where he becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. After Connor delivers a drunken speech at the rehearsal dinner where he says that love isn't real, … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
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Written By:
John Lucas , Scott Moore , Jon Shestack , Brad Epstein
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 22, 2009
Box Office:
$55.2M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (103) | DVD (9)

This movie I think really did the impossible. It makes Failure To Launch look like The Thin Man.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's a tired premise with some even weaker gags.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Just in case you can't get enough of the romantic comedy oeuvre of Matthew McConaughey, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is here to remind you that, yes, some films of his are even worse than Failure to Launch, Surfer Dude, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

I'm almost embarrassed to admit I found Ghosts of Girlfriends Past the season's first genuine guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Only two characters might qualify as sympathetic.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Please, ladies, don't go see this movie. (Chances are most men would rather put out their eyes than go see a film with such a title.)

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

This flawed, fractured fairy tale fails to scare up many chuckles or much charm. As Ebenezer Scrooge himself might say, "Bah, humbug!"

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

A parade of clumsy slapstick, unerring homophobia, and Big Fat Life Lessons.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Cinematical

As superficial and melodramatic as one might've expected...

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

A deluge of dim jokes and rote romantic interludes between Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner that are intended to recall Charle's Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." God help us all.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Matthew McConaughey proves better than the material put before him in the intermittently intriguing Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
What Would Toto Watch?

Ideally, you want to see the male and female leads end up together in a romantic comedy; if not, it all starts to become kind of creepy.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
Aisle Seat

Although there are some sweetly sentimental moments, they are not nearly enough to redeem what is otherwise a fairly mean-spirited film.

Full Review… | September 12, 2009
Movie Metropolis

A watchable pastiche of A Christmas Carol, this rom-com resorts to corny slapstick a bit too often but also manages to find moments of real resonance

Full Review… | May 28, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

The comedy is reduced to pratfalls and embarrassing situations, and much of it comes across as just mean-spirited.

Full Review… | May 25, 2009

Director Mark Waters finds the movie's laughs in the supporting players: Michael Douglas, Emma Stone and Lacey Chabert.

May 22, 2009
Salt Lake Tribune

The only thing of note is that its star, Matthew McConaughey, doesn't remove his shirt

Full Review… | May 18, 2009
Killer Movie Reviews

A slick, standard Hollywood studio produced romantic comedy that utilizes a clever conceit and some expert supporting comedic performances to help it squeak by.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Windy City Times

Quirky supporting characters enliven this by-the-numbers romcom.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Time Out Sydney

McConaughey too once showed promise, but here he seems to be auditioning for a bad sitcom, while Garner misuses her gawky sincerity.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
The Age (Australia)

I suppose your reaction to the film will depend to some extent on whether or not you find Matthew McConaughey a charmer. I don't, so I found Connor repulsive with no redeeming features.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
At the Movies (Australia)

Let's be clear: this is trash, not very funny and sometimes jaw-droppingly insulting.

Full Review… | May 12, 2009
SFX Magazine

The ending does a big flip flop, but if you go in with low expectations, you'll have a hard not laughing in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Full Review… | May 11, 2009
ReviewExpress.com

'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' lacks energy and originality, plus the characters are too shallow to care about. But Michael Douglas is delightful.

Full Review… | May 10, 2009
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Not as bad as you might think, but...

Full Review… | May 9, 2009
Illinois Times

There are many ways you can deal with the hypocrisies and faults of the male libido; Fellini spent a career exploring this terrain (think 8 1/2, City of Women) but there is nothing interesting on the subject here.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Clever re-telling of Dickensian morality tale. Attractive and endearing cast and sweet message of love and forgiveness.

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Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A dreadful film that will have Charles Dickins spinning in his grave no doubt. How can you even have Ghosts of people who aren't even dead? There is nothing good about this film, it's insulting to even call it a chick flick unless you are a stupid women with very little self respect.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

Not the worst romantic comedy I have ever seen and it did make me laugh out loud at certain points, but in the end we are dealing with a genre that we as an audience know better than our own reflections. We know the Dickens tale just as well, so combining the two gave very few surprises and I feel with the rom com genre, surprises in an otherwise stagnant movie are what set them apart from the crowd. McConaughey was, well he was himself, just as the cameo from Douglas and the watery semi-presence of Garner. Still it was watchable and gave what it said it would - teary eyes, lessons learned and a whole lot of promiscous and vaccuous sexual innuendo.

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theunknownhobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

½

A little bit on the boring and slow side, but it kept me entertained enough to watch the whole movie.

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Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Quotes


Uncle Wayne:
We're ghosts, baby. We're ageless.
– Submitted by Yanti A (3 years ago)

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