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The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Reviews

May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 23, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2009
This movie I think really did the impossible. It makes Failure To Launch look like The Thin Man.
May 4, 2009
It's a tired premise with some even weaker gags.
May 4, 2009
Just in case you can't get enough of the romantic comedy oeuvre of Matthew McConaughey, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is here to remind you that, yes, some films of his are even worse than Failure to Launch, Surfer Dude, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 1, 2009
I'm almost embarrassed to admit I found Ghosts of Girlfriends Past the season's first genuine guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
Only two characters might qualify as sympathetic.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 1, 2009
Please, ladies, don't go see this movie. (Chances are most men would rather put out their eyes than go see a film with such a title.)
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 1, 2009
A junky-looking romantic comedy that's neither remotely romantic nor passably comic.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 1, 2009
As a romcom, it's average, but as a Matthew McConaughey romcom, it's above average. If you're a low-expectations moviegoer, this one might surprise you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
Jennifer Garner is sweet and radiant as McConaughey's childhood friend and former lover; Lacey Chabert steals scenes as the woman marrying McConaughey's brother; and Robert Forster and Anne Archer are good as her parents.
May 1, 2009
Every audience member with an intellect bigger than a squid's knows at all times where Ghosts is heading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2009
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past doesn't do Dickens any favors, but in a year that brought us Bride Wars, it'll do.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
You've got to love a movie that so eagerly assassinates its leading man's cuddly image, and which also manages to blow a wicked kiss to Fatal Attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2009
There's precious little to laugh at - not the lead's one-dimensional swagger, Michael Douglas's Rat Pack-meets-Robert Evans jive talk or an anti-misogyny parable with the gall to make every female a neurotic shrew or a sex-starved harpy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/6
April 30, 2009
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past never comes as close as spitting distance to a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2009
A bizarre conflation of chick flick and A Christmas Carol.
April 30, 2009
Douglas, radiating an arid narcissism, does look as if he was recently exhumed. Whether this is a deliberate makeup choice or unfortunate lighting is hard to guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2009
The formulaic story evaporates faster than cotton candy, and it's often as cloyingly sweet and tacky.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
A cheerless rip-off of A Christmas Carol.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 30, 2009
Despite my McConaughey resistance I got more guilty chuckles from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past than Failure to Launch or Four Christmases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2009
Ghosts is better-than-average McConaughey swill, but not by much -- that's its pleasure and its curse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
Chief among the disappointments of the new romantic comedy Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past is that McConaughey plays an upscale version of his Dazed And Confused character, yet that creepy edge has been filed off again.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 30, 2009
Despite inducing some guilty grins, McConaughey's character is unforgivably shallow. The likable Garner has little to do except wait for his inevitable breakthrough.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
Like Connor with his women, the film picks up ideas and then drops them. At one point, Connor reflects on Wayne: 'I never figured out why he called me Dutch.' Weirdly, neither do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 30, 2009
The potential is here for a comedy that could have been hilarious. But the screenplay spaces out some undeniably funny lines in too much plot business, and Matthew McConaughey, while admirably villainous as a lecher, is not convincing as a charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2009
You can count the jokes that work on one hand; the rest is pratfalls and predictability.
April 29, 2009
The Dickens elements elevate Ghosts of Girlfriends Past above the level of pure formula; unfortunately, the presence of McConaughey in full sleaze mode makes it difficult to like this film's Scrooge, even after his redemption occurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2009
The movie is cheesy, tacky, and gimmicky. But as directed by Mark Waters, it's also prankish and inventive enough to be kind of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 29, 2009
Quite honestly, you have much better things to do with your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 28, 2009
Above all, it will make you long for a day when studio movies about relationships feel like they are by and for adults who have actually been in one.
April 27, 2009
As written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Mark Waters, the movie clumps through one witless if not wince-evoking sequence after another without the relief of laughter.
April 27, 2009
A second-rate sex farce...mostly clunky and vaguely unsavory.