Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jarmusch's original film, which deconstructs the mobster genre as seen through the eyes of a Samurai, is by turn eccentric, mysterious, and mythical, defying viewers expectations
| Original Score: B
One of the coolest movies to come down the pike in years.
| Original Score: 5/5
At once a tribute to traditional notions of honour, loyalty, friendship and professionalism, and a stylish, ironic pastiche inspired by the likes of Melville and Suzuki, it's very funny, insightful, and highly original.
Jarmusch blends these disparate themes into a cohesive film that combines humor and truly unique characters with Eastern philosophy, mobster flick and shoot-'em-up western.
| Original Score: B-
Visually creative film with a remarkable use of color and music.
I can scarcely think of ways to improve this engrossing, original, near-brilliant production.
| Original Score: B+
Ghost Dog himself is so remote and focused on his path, it's hard to drum up a lot of identification or sympathy.
| Original Score: 2/4
An act of pure, unadulterated creativity that boasts its narrative gambles and poetic whimsy as badges of honor... One of the most improbably gorgeous films of the year.
| Original Score: A
Jarmusch and Whitaker are masters at work proving once again that you don't need a huge budget to tell a meaningful story.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
This is a picture by turns amusing and melancholic, sweet-centred and dark-edged.
...I was lulled by the relaxed storytelling.
| Original Score: 3/4
It reminded me how vibrantly original an honest-to-God independent film can be.
The solitary Ghost Dog remains too remote a figure to sustain much interest, and certain elements of the film do not fit well together.
| Original Score: 2/5
A handsomely shot, cool-sounding head-scratcher of a film that probably isn't worth the wear on the fingernails.
| Original Score: 2/4
Little details, as well as Whitaker's performance ... elevate this film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a bit somnolent, but the interactions between Whitaker and his mob bosses strike a few sparks.
It's a small, offbeat, extremely well-crafted little film that's full of terrific touches. It's also the funniest mob comedy in years.
Smart, engaging, and weirdly cool, Ghost Dog defies easy pigeonholing in favor of a complexity all its own.
Less a pastiche than a mastermix from a cinematic DJ at the height of his formalist powers, Ghost Dog is pretty ill -- but it's not evil.