Blithe Spirit Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
May 4, 2012
... 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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Passably good, but it should have been better, what with Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, and Margaret Rutherford reading the Noel Coward lines.

Film4
May 24, 2003
It remains somewhat theatrical.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 23, 2003
Worth it just for Margaret Rutherford as a sort of girls' school gamesmistres-style psychic!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 6, 2007
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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 31, 2005
[A] deliciously cheeky Noel Coward concoction...
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
New Times
May 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 21, 2008
As the medium Madame Arcatti, Margareth Rutherford stole every scene in David Lean's screen adaptation of Nowel Coward's witty play.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Nifty special effects for the time, and plenty of Coward's inimitable wit and repartee.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
A quicksilver cocktail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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