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Casper (1995)

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44

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 20

A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.

36

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 379,440

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Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci). The eternally irritable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) discovers that the only thing she's been left in her recently departed father's will is a rickety old house in New England. Naturally, the woman is furious about this, until her "close personal friend" and assistant, Dibbs (Eric Idle of Monty Python fame), discovers a secret message that a

Sep 23, 2003

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

A fairy tale with the soul of a rerun.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's not clear why Steven Spielberg's Amblin decided to make a live-action entertainment starring the least interesting and most saccharine of all 50s cartoon characters.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Once the audience has become inured to the wide-eyed protagonist and impressive digitized effects, there's little sense of wonder or awe to be found.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The set design, however, merely disguises what is in fact an intimate and likeable picture.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Casper's movie is not the cleverest one around, but its hero may be the most lovable.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This doesn't usually happen to me, but 15 minutes before the end of Casper I suddenly realized that if I didn't take a deep breath, I was going to start sobbing.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Never cloying or abundant with cutesy dialogue...

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Haunted house tale not as mild as the cartoons.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Only Ricci, strange gothic child that she is, gets close to shining next to the animation.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

t's aimed squarely at the tinies, but there is charm enough here to make it bearable for adults too.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

he's a friendly little guy ain't he

July 18, 2007

The high-tech animation is completely persuasive; nothing else is.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nice kid's story. Good efects. Who would say that this innocent girl will become a sensual actrees...

October 20, 2005
Cinenganos

A hollow and garish echo of the sweet little ghost.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

It's a good family movie.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

By all standards of logic and reason, this film should be crap... and yet somehow, it succeeds in its modest goals.

January 17, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Fun for kids, I suppose, but hardly worth mentioning otherwise.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The movie is downright sappy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

A very juvenile film, aimed squarely at the preteen audience, which it will no doubt satisfy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Casper

I recall this film popping out of nowhere really, saw a trailer for it out of the blue, liked the look of it and went to see it. The creepy Addams Family visuals along with some really sweet looking effects hooked me and overall I really enjoyed this little kiddie flick.

The plot is a simple Scooby Doo type affair really. There's a big old spooky mansion where Casper and his three uncle ghosts reside. An evil tyrannical female inherits the mansion and wants to find the treasure hidden within its bowels (then tear it down), problem is the ghosts. So she hires Bill Pullman (a paranormal therapist) and his daughter Ricci to get rid of the spooks.

This being a kids flick its very predictable so I needn't tell you how things unfold. What I will say is the film is a highly enjoyable ghostie adventure with some really nice looking cobweb ridden sets, charming locations, quirky humour, acceptable performances and great CGI amazingly.

The ghost effects on Casper are really nice and hold up well today. He's easily the best of the bunch visually, he looks quite realistic actually. The three naughty uncles are slightly more cartoonish looking and act so. The jokes and slapstick from them is very childish, you can see the one liners and sight gags coming a mile off but that's expected. Other ghosts that materialise during the film also look more like cartoons and not as effective as Casper, not too sure why Pullman's wife appears as a proper human though when all the others are CGI, emotional moment I guess.

The other thing that impresses is how well the actors interact with the CGI spooks, believe it or not but they do look in all the right places and at the right times. You'd half expect this film to have hokey effects and badly directed live action but its really good all the way through. There are some unnecessary quickfire cameos that's for sure, the only clever one was seeing Dan Aykroyd turn up as 'Ray Stantz', I liked that.

Hot on the heels of a certain Charles Addams creation Ricci follows on with her adopted kooky persona with this halloween caper, and its suits her perfectly. Pullman is a blundering but lovable father to Ricci's character whilst Casper is voiced nicely and acted well by a young Devon Sawa in human form. The only let down is the rather lame villainess and her henchman played by Eric Idle who didn't really need to be here.

At times this film is actually very sweet and can bring a lump to your throat, it has that sickly sentimental touch, especially during the finale. But overall this is a great fun film if you enjoy light-hearted supernatural silliness. To sum up it isn't too far from a kids version of 'Beetlejuice' or 'High Spirits' and much better than the Eddie Murphy vehicle 'The Haunted Mansion'.
December 28, 2013
phubbs1

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Considering I've never been a HUGE fan of Casper (then again who is these days?) and considering the film doesn't have the best reputation for an animated adaptation, I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I was surprised at how good I thought the film was. Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci both do decent jobs and you can sense the relationship of father and daughter with the two, and the kid who played CAsper does a good job at pulling off his personality, but the characters that steal the show are the ghostly trio, Stretch played by Joe Nipote, Stinky played by Veteran VA Joe Alaskey (Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, & Sylvester from 2000 to 2006), and Fatso played by Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett. Not only are all three of these guys entertaining as hell as these characters, but they make them each funny, give them distinct voices, and make each character just mean but the likable and funny kind of mean. Also the film has a few very good cameo moments and does have a good sense of humor which considering most Cartoon to film adaptations usually have the same humor of juvenile fart jokes or other jokes, but no this film did try a number of jokes and a lot of them actually work
June 19, 2013
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Adults should definetely avoid this film, it's often overly dramatic but thankfully never in an annoying manner. It's a light hearted family movie that will entertain the primary audience whilst serving up brilliant performances both live action and voice, particularly Christina Ricci.
April 27, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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A kids film that made me more scared that happy. Not something you should show kids who believe in ghosts.
October 23, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

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    1. Fatso: I feel like Oprah on hiatus.
    2. Stretch: You look like Oprah on hiatus.
    – Submitted by Redwan A (19 months ago)
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