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City of Ghosts Reviews

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
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
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
May 29, 2003
A long, winding, but decently layered modern film noir.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 9, 2003
Dillon doesn't quite pull it off, but you've got to admire the guy's chutzpah.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2003
A hyper-real portrait of life -- a vision as experienced during an adrenaline rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
May 9, 2003
A triumph of place over sense.
May 9, 2003
In the end, you only have Cambodia to watch.
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
May 8, 2003
The story is typical, but it's done intelligently and with evocative backgrounds in Cambodia.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2003
City of Ghosts drips with mood and atmosphere, augmented by a beautiful score from Tyler Bates.
April 30, 2003
A supple, intriguing, and beautifully staged movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 25, 2003
Eventually, the plot chokes and stumbles on its atmospheric effects. But Dillon has an encouraging affinity for landscape, tension and eccentricity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2003
Hard to say why City of Ghosts found the need to take us all the way to Cambodia for this small story -- and harder still to say exactly what we're taking with us when we leave.
April 25, 2003
Turns disappointingly generic, a series of scams and double crosses among greedy men.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2003
A Southeast Asian thriller that positively reeks of atmosphere -- but is woefully lacking in narrative credibility or character development.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2003
Richly atmospheric and suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2003
Once in Phnom Penh, Jimmy meets up with the usual suspects -- some human wreckage in a soiled tropical suit, a mysterious beauty with a Modigliani neck -- but, more encouragingly, tumbles into a story that doesn't succumb to its more suspect clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 24, 2003
Dillon doesn't yet possess the directorial chops to give his story the necessary snap; the action too often feels poky and muffled.
April 22, 2003
Dillon's film musters gobs of atmosphere and touristy menace without attending much to story or character.
February 5, 2003
The film makes other revelations about its characters, but given how remote they remain from us, few viewers are likely to care.