• R, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Terry Zwigoff
    In Theaters:
    Jul 20, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 5, 2002
  • United Artists


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Ghost World Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 12, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2013
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 12, 2013


A top draw adaptation of a cracking comic-book.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

July 9, 2012
Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

July 14, 2010
Ken Eisner
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By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2010
Cole Smithey

...satisfying in ways that more than compensate for the film's soft ending.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

July 21, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

If more people appreciated stories like this, movies and comic books would be better off.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 14, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Anyone who grew up in the suburbs or ever felt out of place will find something to relate to in this film.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

August 17, 2006

Time Out
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It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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+

January 15, 2005
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

January 2, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

July 25, 2003
Joe Mader
Palo Alto Weekly

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

May 14, 2003
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 21, 2003
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