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Ghost Town Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
It is alternately tender, sad and smart. It's also very funny.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
This just kind of fell flat.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 24, 2008
Enjoyable as it is to see Gervais trying (and often succeeding) to make something of the mediocre dialogue, it's not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 19, 2008
Funny but familiar, Koepp's comedy feels like a multiplex reincarnation -- we've seen this film before and back then we must have stepped on someone's toes
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
September 19, 2008
Naturally, Koepp makes it his business to redeem this unpleasant character and recast him as an acceptable stand-in for a romantic lead. But cynics should not despair; it's not a complete makeover.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 19, 2008
It's enlivened by the performance of Ricky Gervais as Bertram Pincus, a latter-day Scrooge for whom the living are no less annoying than the dead.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 19, 2008
The best part of the movie is watching Gervais and Leoni delight in each other in scenes that burst with spontaneity and genuine warmth.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 19, 2008
Sure, it's a light comedy, but it effectively achieves what it sets out to do: amuse us and tug on our heartstrings. And best of all, it's written, directed and acted with intelligence and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
September 19, 2008
Through it all there always shone this subtle, gleeful naughty schoolboy charm, not quite a full-on wink at the audience, but a tacit acknowledgement that sometimes even total jerks can exhibit an endearing charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 19, 2008
Fans of Gervais' awkward, caustic brand of humor should be pleased to see him in a big Hollywood movie that'll make him more of a household name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2008
Ghost Town, a romantic comedy about the living and the dead coming to terms with each other, is both very funny and a bit of a tearjerker, with an on-the-money performance from Ricky Gervais and a nice feeling for New York in fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 19, 2008
Leoni and Gervais are wonderful together, as much for the ways in which they wobble against each other as for the ways they ultimately mesh.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 19, 2008
Although ghost hijinks are a very Hollywood way of dealing with the subject, the twists are executed superbly, right up to a climax that fits the David Mamet definition of what makes for a perfect ending: It is both surprising and inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 19, 2008
Leave it to the unfailingly brilliant Gervais to breathe new life into an expiring genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 19, 2008
The painfully awkward, stubby Gervais as romantic lead is a funny enough concept, but the actor's ongoing banter with Kinnear is engaging, and their styles mesh entertainingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2008
Gervais is a master of the flustered broken thought, and Koepp takes full advantage in scenes that pit Pincus against a distracted doctor (a droll Kristen Wiig) and an imposingly large dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 19, 2008
The sharp comic timing and the offbeat chemistry of Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and TÃ (C)a Leoni keep Ghost Town afloat.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 19, 2008
With lesser talent in front of the camera or a heavier hand behind it, the film might have crashed with a thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 19, 2008
An innovative romantic comedy that is a mixture of British spice and American sugar.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 19, 2008
A friendly little piffle of a movie, Ghost Town nevertheless serves as a fine and funny introduction to Ricky Gervais for American audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 19, 2008
It's not just that Gervais isn't your typical leading guy. He's not, and bravo. It's more that Koepp and Gervais hold tight to Bertram's unpleasantness and human clumsiness after most other films would have winked at their intentions.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 19, 2008
As Ghost Town reminds us, there's nothing wrong with formula filmmaking - as long as it's done with smarts and style. Indeed, formulaic doesn't have to be shorthand for lazy, obvious and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 19, 2008
Gervais, a British actor whose work on television is legion, has at last found a leading role in a feature, and it's a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2008
In this comedy by David Koepp, Gervais handles the big, crowd-pleasing gags with aplomb, though the only scenes that approach the edgy wit of his TV work are those he shares with fellow improvisers Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Wiig.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2008
Someone once said about W.C. Fields that he had the rare ability to despise amusingly. I can imagine no greater compliment than to say that Ricky Gervais seems, at his best, like a young Fields.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 19, 2008
Gervais may be alone in remembering that this kind of movie is actually supposed to be funny.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2008
The fall movie season achieves comic liftoff thanks to Ricky Gervais, a master of deadpan hilarity playing a dentist who sees dead people.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 18, 2008
It makes good on the cliché 'it'll make you laugh; it'll make you cry' by providing clever comedy and stock sentimentality without feeling tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 18, 2008
Ostensibly a comedy, but one in which the (normally) brilliantly funny Ricky Gervais is more dull than he is droll, Ghost Town takes a familiar formula and goes nowhere with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 18, 2008
Pretty much everything about this afterlife comedy is straight-from-the-shelf save for Gervais, typically hilarious as a misanthrope who organizes his work and his private life so he doesn't have to talk to anyone.
| Original Score: B
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Justin Davidson
Newsday
September 18, 2008
A delightful antidote to the comedic excesses of the season, Ghost Town is smart, sexy fun that should leave no doubt (if there was any) that Ricky Gervais is among the funniest men in film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 18, 2008
Ricky Gervais is a genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 18, 2008
You can only wander down this comic road for so long. Once you've run through a few sight gags, you have to go somewhere else with this old-fashioned, high-concept premise.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 18, 2008
The last two lines of dialogue may be the best kicker I've heard in a movie this year.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
Ghost Town is diverting enough, but it's also the kind of high-concept studio concoction Ricky Gervais might have ridiculed in his great backstage-showbiz sitcom Extras.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 17, 2008
Ghost Town's unwillingness to escape from a safe orbit keeps the movie trapped in mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
It takes a good while for Ricky Gervais to warm up in Ghost Town; it takes even longer for the audience to warm up to Ricky Gervais.
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 15, 2008
Who knew that Ricky Gervais could play such a likable leading man?
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2008
This lower-key effort offers up a winning mix of sharp comedy and touching bits that keeps the laughter -- a few tears -- flowing.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 8, 2008
Smartly supernatural, and featuring sensational performances by Ricky Gervais and Tea Leoni, Ghost Town is a Topper for our times.