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City of Ghosts Reviews

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Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
September 16, 2005
can be criticised of many things, but wasting locations and local talent is not one of them
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 27, 2004
The surprise is not necessarily that Dillon has a unique voice, but rather that the voice is so bizarrely dark and uninhibitedly exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 22, 2004
Shows some promise in that it wants to say something, but there are plenty of forgettable moments to go along with it.
| Original Score: 69/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 27, 2003
There's nothing interesting about this half-baked noir plot...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 16, 2003
The movie fairly oozes with atmosphere, and its cast contains enough colorful characters to make Casablanca blush.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 16, 2003
Matt Dillon is a hero worried about his karma
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2003
Longtime actor, first-time director Matt Dillon relates an urgency and passion behind the camera, intent on telling us one story while showing us another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 2, 2003
Dillon is so eager to show the duality of Cambodia, the grace and the grime, that he sacrifices major story elements to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 28, 2003
There is so much to admire in Matt Dillon's City of Ghosts that the feeling left over after watching it is an unsettling sense of disappointment and unfairness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 18, 2003
Though 'City of Ghosts' can't match its models, it takes us close enough to Greeneland to be a worthy homage and an impressive, though flawed, debut...well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 14, 2003
While it won't be remembered as great cinema, it is actually a tight piece of film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
June 13, 2003
A bit of exotic neo-noir, clunky in parts and long, but often engaging and artfully atmospheric as well.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 5, 2003
While the film is not short on ideas or implications, none of them is fully developed, leaving us little but atmosphere and warm whiskey to drink in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Horgan
FilmStew.com
May 30, 2003
In the end, it becomes clear that the missing ingredient in City of Ghosts is nothing more than some additional directing experience on the part of Dillon.
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
May 29, 2003
A long, winding, but decently layered modern film noir.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
City of Ghosts dons a facade of independent filmmaking, but the core screams Hollywood rehash.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
May 17, 2003
It's the only film in which James Caan attempts karaoke in Cambodian. You'll want to plan your bathroom break for that scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 17, 2003
City of Ghosts doesn't quite work, but it has its moments, and some of them just may be worth the price of admission.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 16, 2003
Though he has evolved beyond his star peak, [Dillon] remains a strong actor and is a gifted director.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 11, 2003
Fortunately, Dillon was smart enough to hire one of our best living crime authors Barry Gifford to co-write the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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