Ghost Town

Critics Consensus

Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.



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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen.

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Critic Reviews for Ghost Town

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (46)

  • Ghost Town is both a surprise and a departure: it's genuinely funny and quietly original. It also shows what Gervais can do in the right role.

    Feb 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director David Koepp is almost too careful a craftsman for his own good, but Gervais and Leoni share a talent for throwing the audience off-balance...

    Feb 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is alternately tender, sad and smart. It's also very funny.

    Nov 7, 2008
  • This just kind of fell flat.

    Nov 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Enjoyable as it is to see Gervais trying (and often succeeding) to make something of the mediocre dialogue, it's not enough.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • The film's premise is high-concept Hollywood at its creakiest.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Ghost Town

  • Oct 11, 2011
    I actually enjoyed this quite a lot. Sure there's nothing original in the concept of a man who can see ghosts but Gervais is funny in the role and there is even a bit of real emotion attached to the whole thing. Not bad for Gervais' first lead role in Hollywood.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2011
    Great direction and lead performances make an otherwise generic romantic comedy with an absurd premise an enjoyable ride. In the wrong hands this would've been a forgettable disaster. Something about the protagonist's characterization as a damaged antisocial really resonates with the direction and Gervais's style. Definitely less accessible than your everyday "All-American" romedy but that's what makes the subtle humor so much better to appreciate. It's smart and honest.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Ricky Gervais at his best, as usual.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    Better than I thought but fell abit flat at the end, Not enough comedy for me to enjoy.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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