Over Her Dead Body Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 22, 2008
[An] offense of a ghost comedy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 1, 2008
You may remember Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. This is Bleh Spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 1, 2008
The kindest context in which to put Over Her Dead Body, which was written and directed by Jeff Lowell, is that of a training film, a public display of people trying to master their craft. The best way to see it is not at all.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 1, 2008
The tale [falls] short on imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
February 1, 2008
Writer/director Jeff Lowell settles for a story that takes a little too long to tell, concocted situations a little too implausible to buy and repartee that occasionally hits the dartboard but never gets close to the bull's-eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 1, 2008
The worst night at the movies in this young year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 1, 2008
You can't even feel sorry for Henry, because anyone blind enough to want to marry Kate is clearly delusional and deserving of any misery that comes his way.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 1, 2008
Unfortunately wit-deprived.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2008
For what is essentially a screwball comedy, Over Her Dead Body is surprisingly uninspired, a frothy concept that offers little satisfaction in the way of execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2008
The grating presence of Longoria Parker will be enough to ruin the movie for many, but she's just one of many shortcomings in this romantic comedy, which seriously lacks both romance and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 1, 2008
An unsurprising entry in that hoary micro-genre of romantic comedies to feature a fresh-from-the-corpse disembodied spirit who just can't seem to get a move-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 1, 2008
A wan, sad-eyed romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 1, 2008
This is a film that's completely happy being its silly little self. And if it produces some giggles along the way -- and it does -- it has done its job.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 1, 2008
Over Her Dead Body itself is a movie haunted by the annoying, humorless performance of Eva Longoria Parker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 1, 2008
Over Her Dead Body, billed as a romantic com edy fantasy, is in reality a mystery: The Case of the Missing Jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 1, 2008
Over Her Dead Body is to romantic comedy what Spam is to meat. But at least with Spam, you get cool packaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 1, 2008
Consider for a moment how this movie might play if it took itself seriously. Would it be better than as a comedy? I suspect so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
February 1, 2008
A comedy like this needs actors with crack timing, a script that's worthy of them and an overall spirit of effervescence. But save for Rudd's occasional displays of sarcasm, there's little here that raises a smile, never mind a chuckle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Entertainment Weekly
February 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 31, 2008
Over Her Dead Body may be the worst romantic comedy I've ever seen, although I hesitate to make such a resolute pronouncement about a movie that's so barely even there.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 31, 2008
For what it is -- a romantic comedy about the rivalry between a jealous ghost and a flaky psychic for the love of a veterinarian -- Over Her Dead Body is not bad.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 31, 2008
A harebrained rom-com diversion offering few laughs and little romance.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 31, 2008
A one-eyelash-above-average supernatural rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 31, 2008
Unlike its stubborn corpse bride, Over Her Dead Body will decompose quickly in the memory before fading forever into video oblivion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 31, 2008
What's really spooky is that even the weakest Desperate Housewives episode packs more heat than this tepid romantic comedy-fantasy.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 31, 2008
Writer-director Jeff Lowell could have gone many different ways with this idea -- the screwball comedy of Heaven Can Wait, say, or even the wistful, unabashed romanticism of Ghost -- but he takes the low road more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Anderson
Washington Post
January 31, 2008
None of it makes sense -- logically, emotionally or dramatically.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 31, 2008
This stale comedy about a vengeful ghost would be depressing if it weren't so disposable.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 31, 2008
The line is fine between cute and annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 31, 2008
This is no career high, but it's impossible to actively dislike Rudd.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 31, 2008
Even the worst movies are capable of bending the laws of time. Still, there's something really special about the way Over Her Dead Body makes its 93 minutes seem more like nine hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 30, 2008
While not horrifically bad, it's as mediocre a motion picture as you're likely to find in a multiplex this season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
January 29, 2008
Everything about the movie is as clunky and unimaginative as the title.