The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)



Critic Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.

Movie Info

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's wedding, where he becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. After Connor delivers a drunken speech at the rehearsal dinner where he says that love isn't real, he's met in the bathroom by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Dogulas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Uncle Wayne informs Connor that, over the course of the evening, he'll be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. Will Connor learn to get over himself and love the right woman, or will he remain an emotional Scrooge? ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, John Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 2009
Box Office: $55.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Jennifer Garner
as Jenny Perotti
Breckin Meyer
as Paul Mead
Lacey Chabert
as Sandra Volkom
Michael Douglas
as Uncle Wayne
Robert Forster
as Sgt. Volkom
Anne Archer
as Vonda Volkom
Emma Stone
as Allison Vandermeersh
Tom Kemp
as Minister
Amanda Walsh
as Denice the Bridesmai...
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News & Interviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Critic Reviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (33)

This flawed, fractured fairy tale fails to scare up many chuckles or much charm. As Ebenezer Scrooge himself might say, "Bah, humbug!"

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

A parade of clumsy slapstick, unerring homophobia, and Big Fat Life Lessons.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

As superficial and melodramatic as one might've expected...

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

A deluge of dim jokes and rote romantic interludes between Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner that are intended to recall Charle's Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." God help us all.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Matthew McConaughey proves better than the material put before him in the intermittently intriguing Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
What Would Toto Watch?

Ideally, you want to see the male and female leads end up together in a romantic comedy; if not, it all starts to become kind of creepy.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Clever re-telling of Dickensian morality tale. Attractive and endearing cast and sweet message of love and forgiveness.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Not the worst romantic comedy I have ever seen and it did make me laugh out loud at certain points, but in the end we are dealing with a genre that we as an audience know better than our own reflections. We know the Dickens tale just as well, so combining the two gave very few surprises and I feel with the rom com genre, surprises in an otherwise stagnant movie are what set them apart from the crowd. McConaughey was, well he was himself, just as the cameo from Douglas and the watery semi-presence of Garner. Still it was watchable and gave what it said it would - teary eyes, lessons learned and a whole lot of promiscous and vaccuous sexual innuendo.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer


A little bit on the boring and slow side, but it kept me entertained enough to watch the whole movie.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Quotes

Connor Mead: Someone once told me that the power in all relationships lies with whoever cares less, and he was right. But power isn't happiness, and I think that maybe happiness comes from caring more about people rather than less
– Submitted by Mae M (10 months ago)
Uncle Wayne: We're ghosts, baby. We're ageless.
– Submitted by Yanti A (5 years ago)

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