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Ghost Dad (1990)



Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 26

A startlingly misconceived effort from director Sidney Poitier and star Bill Cosby, Ghost Dad is a listless, glacially-paced comedy that's alternately schmaltzy and incomprehensible.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 8

A startlingly misconceived effort from director Sidney Poitier and star Bill Cosby, Ghost Dad is a listless, glacially-paced comedy that's alternately schmaltzy and incomprehensible.



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Bill Cosby mugs so uncontrollably that it looks as if he may be the victim of a muscular disorder in the inane and unfunny Ghost Dad. Cosby plays Elliot, a workaholic widower with three children -- Danny (Salim Grant), Amanda (Brooke Fontainbe), and the teenage Diane (Kimberly Russell). Elliot is hoping to close a big deal that will mean a promotion, more money, and lots of perks, but a cab ride with a freaked-out cab driver causes his untimely demise. Elliot discovers that he is now a ghost and


Drama, Comedy

Feb 15, 2000

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (26) | DVD (2)

I suppose you can't blame the star of one of TV's most popular series for attempting to conquer the movies -- yet again. What's perplexing is that Cosby keeps choosing vehicles that seem designed to sabotage the conquest.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Ghost Dad may be the dumbest major-studio movie of this none-too-bright summer.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The comedy represents a step up from the inane debacle of Leonard Part 6, but one has to concede that no other direction was possible.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Poitier's rhythms are so sluggish that the film's finale seems to have been optically speeded up in a last-ditch attempt to give the picture some dash and energy.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Unctuous, flat and phony, a farce that has the pace of a Broadway bus at rush hour.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Bill Cosby ghost movie has some iffy humor, profanity.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Why are Cosby and Poitier wasting their time -- and ours -- with this twaddle?

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Ghost Dad is so bad, it's scary.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Solve this show business mystery: How is it that the greatly gifted Bill Cosby, a comedy guru with few peers, makes bad movies? The latest entry on his depressing film resume is Ghost Dad.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Just depressing and incompetently assembled, reaching for a madcap mood of paranormal activity that results in one long headache. I now see why Poitier never directed again and Cosby refused another leading role in a feature film.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

On the big screen Cosby's heartfelt decency continues to come across as blandness.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bill Cosby Sidney Poitier = Crap

February 2, 2008

Should have been titled "Cosby's Ghost Film Career". And to think Poitier directed this thing. It's a TV comedy skit gone wrong.

August 8, 2002
IGN Movies

dismal... There's more preachiness here than in a hundred 'ABC Afterschool Specials,' and the special effects wouldn't pass muster on a local kiddie show.

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

Almost makes you forget how funny Bill Cosby can be.

July 29, 2002

All the characters are cardboard cutouts, the sentimental moments between pratfalls are very strained and even the special effects are sometimes gratuitous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Ghost Dad

Probably Bill Cosby's best movie since the 70s, and that's not saying much. Anyway, it's a good family film, I saw it when I was a kid. It's good.
April 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

Great Comedy but easily forgetable. There was something lacking in Billy Cosby`s perfomance and cannt figure out what.
December 11, 2009
Wahida K

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Funny stuff but it might be a little out dated. I remember liking it as a kid and thinking it was good times.
February 26, 2009

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