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Ghost (1990)



Critic Consensus: Ghost offers viewers a poignant romance while blending elements of comedy, horror, and mystery, all adding up to one of the more enduringly watchable hits of its era.

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An interesting hybrid of popular film genres, Ghost showcases the talents of its entire cast. While out on the town one evening, New York couple Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are confronted by a mugger. After submitting to his demands, Sam is murdered anyway. He then finds himself a disembodied spirit, invisible to the living world, wandering without hope until he finds a spiteful spirit aboard the subway (Vincent Schiavelli) who gives him some helpful pointers on how to co-exist. Soon Sam comes back into contact with those he knew in life, and he begins to learn piece-by-piece of his close friend and co-worker Carl's (Tony Goldwyn) embezzling plot which caused his death; the apparent mugging was, in fact, a premeditated murder. In the meantime, Carl has designs on Molly, and Sam is determined to extract revenge. He contacts a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg), and together, the two set out to serve justice and stop the maniacal Carl from getting to Molly. Blending comedy, romance, action, and horror, Ghost was a box-office smash and managed to garner five Academy Award nominations, including "Best Picture," "Best Supporting Actress" (Goldberg), "Best Original Screenplay," "Best Editing," and "Best Score"; Goldberg won her first Oscar. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ghost

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (17)

The movie's slogan is "Believe," not an unreasonable request. But even those who'd be happy to comply must get past Ghost's one casting jaw-dropper, a certain woolly-mindedness to its script and a production prettified to the point of stickiness.

June 25, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

What it offers, apart from the overblown special effects that seem inescapable in American movies, is an unusual and effective combination of swooning, morbid romance and screwball comedy.

June 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The passion and poignancy of trying to communicate with the dead is well-exploited here. Moore has never been more fetching.

June 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Given its obviously commercial aims, Ghost is remarkably appealing on a purely personal level. It is about how you deal with death.

June 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ghost is one part horror picture, one part comedy, one part love story, one part murder mystery and four parts entrancing.

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A bad movie that a lot of people will like.

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Audience Reviews for Ghost

The kind of movie that succeeds very well trying to be a lot of things at once: hilarious, heartbreaking, mysterious and even with some horror in it - and it is Whoopi Goldberg who steals the scene in a priceless, unforgettable performance from the moment she shows up.

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Carlos Magalhães

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Iconic and heartwarming, this romantic thriller film delivers strong performances and memorable sequences despite an occasional lack of sophistication in the production.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Movie about a man (Patrick) who is murdered and he has to come to terms with being a ghost. He uses a medium (Whoopi) to communicate to his partner (Demi) as she is in danger. A very moving love story. Great cast. The shadows still scare me!

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