The Ghost and the Darkness Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005

A scenery-chewing Michael Douglas is the highlight of this passable landlocked variation of Jaws.

| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 10, 2005

Effectively wipes out the lion's cuddly image from The Lion King and reinstates its rep as the fearsome king of the jungle.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 25, 2005

It sounds like it might be a good movie, but it ain't.

| Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 28, 2005

A roaring adventure.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004

atmospheric but uneven thriller

| Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 3, 2004

Gets a bit weird and boring. Both stars can do better.

| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 11, 2003

An exciting man vs. nature adventure that falls short of terrifying because William Goldman's script is too reminiscent of Jaws.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 24, 2003

Excellent thriller. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer are outstanding.

| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003

Enjoyable and entertaining in a passive sort of way. Kilmer's performance makes the film.

| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002

Provides us with an unforgettable primal encounter with the mysterious other.

Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 26, 2002

A compelling experience because it is true and because it is photographed with such panoramic intensity.

| Original Score: 3/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
June 18, 2002

The picture is too lightweight, too posturing and too self-important to go in an introspective direction.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

A rousingly effective 'man versus beast' yarn in the great tradition of Jaws and Moby Dick.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
April 12, 2002

Ranges in quality from adolescent boys' adventure stories to Heart of Darkness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 12, 2001

When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 14, 2001

Can't transcend a too-familiar script.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000

The Ghost And the Darkness keeps you waiting, and waiting, and waiting... and it just never revs up.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000

The main failure of the script is a complete lack of tension.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000

The Ghost and the Darkness isn't bad as a matinee distraction, but goodness knows it isn't good, either.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

What Jaws did for sharks, The Ghost and the Darkness may do for lions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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