City of Ghosts Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
September 16, 2005
can be criticised of many things, but wasting locations and local talent is not one of them
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jordan Hiller
December 27, 2004
The surprise is not necessarily that Dillon has a unique voice, but rather that the voice is so bizarrely dark and uninhibitedly exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 16, 2003
The movie fairly oozes with atmosphere, and its cast contains enough colorful characters to make Casablanca blush.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marcy Dermansky
October 16, 2003
Matt Dillon is a hero worried about his karma
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2003
Longtime actor, first-time director Matt Dillon relates an urgency and passion behind the camera, intent on telling us one story while showing us another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 18, 2003
Though 'City of Ghosts' can't match its models, it takes us close enough to Greeneland to be a worthy homage and an impressive, though flawed, debut...well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 14, 2003
While it won't be remembered as great cinema, it is actually a tight piece of film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kim Morgan
June 13, 2003
A bit of exotic neo-noir, clunky in parts and long, but often engaging and artfully atmospheric as well.
Top Critic
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
May 29, 2003
A long, winding, but decently layered modern film noir.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 17, 2003
City of Ghosts doesn't quite work, but it has its moments, and some of them just may be worth the price of admission.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 16, 2003
Though he has evolved beyond his star peak, [Dillon] remains a strong actor and is a gifted director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 11, 2003
Fortunately, Dillon was smart enough to hire one of our best living crime authors Barry Gifford to co-write the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2003
A hyper-real portrait of life -- a vision as experienced during an adrenaline rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2003
Goes a good way toward reinvigorating a forgotten genre, fashioning a movie world that's not quite real, but not strewn with slam-bam car chases and meaningless intrigue, either.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
A triumph of place over sense.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2003
I didn't believe in James Caan's cons, but I believed him, and at times like that it's helpful to stop keeping score and live in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tor Thorsen
May 9, 2003
For the most part, Dillon has skillfully captured the sojourn of a stranger in a strange land.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 9, 2003
Dillon directs at a lazy lope, but what he lacks in narrative expediency, he makes up for in the atmosphere of exotic squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
May 8, 2003
Dillon found something that captivated him more than being just a movie star, and flawed though these results may be, they were certainly worth his time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Orlando Weekly
October 9, 2003

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 22, 2003
Jason Anderson
July 8, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
June 13, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 23, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
May 9, 2003
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
May 2, 2003
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