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Ghost World Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2013
The greatest distinction of "Ghost World" is its singular spirit. Here's a dark, deadpan comedy about alienated kids that manages to be smart, surpassingly odd, extremely funny and mysteriously endearing at the same time.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 12, 2013
While this isn't a showy or flashy movie, it has social, psychological, and ultimately mystical overtones that raise it leagues above most other teen-centered comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
April 12, 2013
The modest yet redeeming triumph of Ghost World is the offhand way it brings to the screen a streak of American dark humor that is dour, resilient and unexpectedly infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 12, 2013
See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.

July 9, 2012
A top draw adaptation of a cracking comic-book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
Like "Rushmore" with a female slant, "Ghost World" tackles the true torches we often keep to ourselves as well as the struggle of feeling like a specter, or, as Enid says, as though "everyone's too stupid to realize you."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 14, 2010
Most of Ghost World is funny, but the laughs are inextricably tied to the painful alienation and self-loathing that comes with living on society's fringes.
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Ken Eisner
July 7, 2010
By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.
Cole Smithey
July 21, 2009
...satisfying in ways that more than compensate for the film's soft ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Has some grade A talent behind it, but it lacks any of the heart or emotion of the coming of age brand the film aspires toward...
Rob Gonsalves
February 14, 2008
If more people appreciated stories like this, movies and comic books would be better off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Anyone who grew up in the suburbs or ever felt out of place will find something to relate to in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
his is 'teen comedy' of startling sophistication -- with horribly funny bits as well. A true original, with sharp humour, subtle detail and painfully realistic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 17, 2006
Based on Clowes' underground comic book, this is a tale of how the mediocrity of American subsurbs can suffocate its creative denizens, all misfits of course; it's extremely well acted by Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Zwigoff makes Enid's neighborhood a truly strange and haunted place, where plastic people robotically follow their society's norms, and those who resist are left angry, alienated, and without any ideas for how to survive.
| Original Score: B+
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 2, 2004
Like its heroine, Ghost World dares to drop its defenses, deepening as it shifts from evoking sympathy for the judgmental misanthrope to saluting the bravery of those who find beauty in others' flaws.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
É interessante notar como duas amigas, inicialmente tão próximas em seu cinismo e em sua presunção, se distanciam gradualmente, embora pouca coisa mude além do universo colegial que as cercava.
| Original Score: 4/5
Joe Mader
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
There are bits of wicked humor, but Zwigoff begins by laughing at the kooks in Clowes' ghost of a world and never stops. The real crime is that Clowes is content to join in with him.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
April 21, 2003
Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
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