• 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

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 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
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

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
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
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Never predictable, this movie is often hilarious as well as touching, subtly adapting the mise en scene of Clowes's original without being fancy or obtrusive about it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 31, 2001
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A touching study of alienation that comes with no easy answers or excuses for those who cannot seem to connect in life.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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[Zwigoff] has elicited remarkable performances.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

August 24, 2001
Paul Tatara
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Give this weirdly humanitarian picture a try, and don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling through the bummer.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

August 20, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A darkly funny musing on junior-division misanthropy and, easily, the summer's best film about teen life.

August 17, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Subtle, deeply humane.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

August 17, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Graced by numerous wonderful and amusing touches, and boasts sterling performances by Birch and Buscemi.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

August 17, 2001
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Riveting, hilarious and poignant.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

August 16, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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In her need for affection, in her need to be taken seriously, Enid is poignant without ever being cloying.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 9, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Zwigoff ... creates in Enid a character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

August 9, 2001
James Berardinelli
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A refreshing change from the usual summer fare, offering interesting characters, smart dialogue, biting satire (the concept of 'high art' gets shredded), and dark comedy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Buscemi makes Seymour into a character you simply want to see again and again.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

August 3, 2001
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you got a kick out of Crumb, this film will crack you up.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I didn't expect Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, but there's a limit to the mean-spiritedness one can endure in a character one is supposed to find delightful.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 3, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 3, 2001
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Ghost World conforms reasonably well to the pattern of a traditional comedy while keeping its shaggy, haphazard comic-novel edge.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 3, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A movie that appeals to the inner dork in all of us.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

August 3, 2001
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Birch manages to perfect teenage boredom without ever alienating us from Enid, which is quite a trick when you think about it.

| Original Score: 4/4

August 2, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Birch and Johansson inhabit Zwigoff's film with deft assurance and subtle moves.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Enid and Rebecca ring true. Their attitudes seem real; so do their dilemmas.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2001
Andrew O'Hehir
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A bittersweet comic delight, with a core of real seriousness and sadness.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 27, 2001
Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
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Comedic and bittersweet, a wacky trip to which anyone can relate.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

July 20, 2001
David Edelstein
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Ineffably sad and rich.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 20, 2001
Gene Seymour
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So downscale it's liberating, so downbeat it's uplifting.

Full Review Source: Newsday

July 20, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The cast ... brings Mr. Clowes's sad world of loneliness and disaffection to vivid comic life.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 20, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 20, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A singularly unsettling portrait of a culture in the grip of the mediocre.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2001
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Both savagely funny and poignant for anyone who's ever had a friendship that felt like their only connection to the outside world.

July 19, 2001
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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You'd almost have to be six feet under to resist the eccentric fun this movie scares up.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 19, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

July 19, 2001
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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It's smart enough to recognize that, as fleeting as adolescence may be, the world is haunted by the post-adolescent walking wounded.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 18, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A film like no other, an artful spellbinder that cuts deep.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

July 10, 2001
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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Energetically hilarious and embracing of out-of-the-mainstream folk.

June 25, 2001
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