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Blithe Spirit Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a lightweight comedy built on witty remarks and upper-class smugness (which Rex Harrison so perfectly embodies), but comedy is not Lean's strong suit.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

May 4, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Blithe Spirit is beloved by so many people that I feel like a curmudgeon handing it a mixed review. But when it comes to supernatural comedies starring Rex Harrison, I much prefer Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

While Coward's witty dialogue and pungent take on the mores of the British upper crust can't help but elicit some smiles, as a whole Blithe Spirit feels like a film that is just going through the motions.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2012
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Passably good, but it should have been better, what with Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, and Margaret Rutherford reading the Noel Coward lines.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000

Film4

It remains somewhat theatrical.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2002
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Worth it just for Margaret Rutherford as a sort of girls' school gamesmistres-style psychic!

| Original Score: 4/5

February 23, 2003
Variety Staff
Variety
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Inasmuch as this is largely a photographed copy of the stage play [by Noel Coward], the camerawork is outstandingly good and helps to put across the credibility of the ghost story more effectively than the flesh and blood performance does.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 6, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] deliciously cheeky Noel Coward concoction...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 31, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The last word in witty repartee of the most civilized kind - the sort of thing Noel Coward was known for, and nobody did better.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 2, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Andy Klein
New Times

| Original Score: 5/5

May 29, 2004
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

As the medium Madame Arcatti, Margareth Rutherford stole every scene in David Lean's screen adaptation of Nowel Coward's witty play.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

February 21, 2008

Time Out
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Nifty special effects for the time, and plenty of Coward's inimitable wit and repartee.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A quicksilver cocktail.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

November 6, 2007
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