City of Ghosts - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

City of Ghosts Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
Trades more effectively in states of alienated atmospheric delirium than it does the specific mechanics of plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 9, 2003
Dillon doesn't quite pull it off, but you've got to admire the guy's chutzpah.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 9, 2003
The story never feels as if it manages to climb free of the thick atmosphere -- that the film so easily and proficiently exudes -- and stand on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2003
A hyper-real portrait of life -- a vision as experienced during an adrenaline rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2003
Goes a good way toward reinvigorating a forgotten genre, fashioning a movie world that's not quite real, but not strewn with slam-bam car chases and meaningless intrigue, either.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
May 9, 2003
Despite setting a nicely taut and tense mood throughout this psychological thriller, Dillon ultimately fails with the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2003
It's the usual murky affair, which has the unfortunate side-effect of pulling Dillon's direction down into the mire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 9, 2003
It's an actor's film, all right -- peppered with rich supporting performances but unconvincing in the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
A triumph of place over sense.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2003
I didn't believe in James Caan's cons, but I believed him, and at times like that it's helpful to stop keeping score and live in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
In the end, you only have Cambodia to watch.
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
May 9, 2003
For the most part, Dillon has skillfully captured the sojourn of a stranger in a strange land.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 9, 2003
Dillon directs at a lazy lope, but what he lacks in narrative expediency, he makes up for in the atmosphere of exotic squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 8, 2003
It's slow, but on the other hand, it's not interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
May 8, 2003
Dillon found something that captivated him more than being just a movie star, and flawed though these results may be, they were certainly worth his time.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2003
The story is typical, but it's done intelligently and with evocative backgrounds in Cambodia.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
May 7, 2003
You do get a sense of estrangement and noirish atmosphere, which may be close to justifying the effort, if not the price of admission.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 5, 2003
City of Ghosts drips with mood and atmosphere, augmented by a beautiful score from Tyler Bates.
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
May 4, 2003
This one should disappear down any of the many holes in its plot.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 3, 2003
. . .the plot is as murky as the nefarious goings-on depicted and the running time tests the patience of even the most patient of viewers
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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