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City of Ghosts Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
City of Ghosts dons a facade of independent filmmaking, but the core screams Hollywood rehash.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2003
The film makes other revelations about its characters, but given how remote they remain from us, few viewers are likely to care.
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
April 20, 2003
In the end the images of Cambodia are what you'll hold onto as you walk out of the theater. They're almost as memorable as the sight of the shockingly enlarged Depardieu.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
May 4, 2003
This one should disappear down any of the many holes in its plot.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 22, 2003
Dillon's film musters gobs of atmosphere and touristy menace without attending much to story or character.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 25, 2003
A Southeast Asian thriller that positively reeks of atmosphere -- but is woefully lacking in narrative credibility or character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2003
Hard to say why City of Ghosts found the need to take us all the way to Cambodia for this small story -- and harder still to say exactly what we're taking with us when we leave.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 25, 2003
Eventually, the plot chokes and stumbles on its atmospheric effects. But Dillon has an encouraging affinity for landscape, tension and eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
In the end, you only have Cambodia to watch.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 9, 2003
It's an actor's film, all right -- peppered with rich supporting performances but unconvincing in the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
Trades more effectively in states of alienated atmospheric delirium than it does the specific mechanics of plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 5, 2003
While the film is not short on ideas or implications, none of them is fully developed, leaving us little but atmosphere and warm whiskey to drink in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 27, 2003
There's nothing interesting about this half-baked noir plot...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 9, 2003
The story never feels as if it manages to climb free of the thick atmosphere -- that the film so easily and proficiently exudes -- and stand on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 8, 2003
It's slow, but on the other hand, it's not interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Richard Horgan
FilmStew.com
May 30, 2003
In the end, it becomes clear that the missing ingredient in City of Ghosts is nothing more than some additional directing experience on the part of Dillon.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 3, 2003
. . .the plot is as murky as the nefarious goings-on depicted and the running time tests the patience of even the most patient of viewers
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 22, 2004
Shows some promise in that it wants to say something, but there are plenty of forgettable moments to go along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 2, 2003
It been over 20 years since Matt Dillon made his mark as an actor in "The Outsiders" and now it's his turn to do the same as a writer-director with directorial debut, "City of Ghosts." While his visionary aspects to the film are impressive due to its loca
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 28, 2003
There is so much to admire in Matt Dillon's City of Ghosts that the feeling left over after watching it is an unsettling sense of disappointment and unfairness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
May 2, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 9, 2003
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
June 13, 2003
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
July 8, 2003
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July 22, 2003

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October 9, 2003
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