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An indifferent adaptation of classic source material, Blithe Spirit puts a star-studded cast through the motions without capturing the story's screwball spark. Read critic reviews

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A married crime novelist finds himself in a tough predicament when an eccentric mystic summons the spirit of his first wife during a séance.

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Critic Reviews for Blithe Spirit

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  • At just 95 minutes, the film's relatively short running time still feels stretched to the limits. A decided lack of dizzy, silly, fizzy screwball fun beyond a few scattered moments doesn't help matters.

    February 20, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Blithe Spirit is a jaw-dropping misfire.

    February 19, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Director Edward Hall and writers Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft have taken Coward's premise and pumped extra sugar into it, as well as some unnecessary preservatives.

    February 19, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, Coward is nowhere in sight in this new adaptation.

    February 19, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • If drawing room farce ever comes back in style, [Dan Stevens] should become Hollywood's go-to leading man for them. But Blithe Spirit hardly makes the case that this particular concoction should return to menus anytime soon.

    February 19, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Try the 1945 film version starring Rex Harrison. That movie, which holds up splendidly, explains everything that's wrong with this one, directed by Edward Hall.

    February 18, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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