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The Ghost and the Darkness Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
A scenery-chewing Michael Douglas is the highlight of this passable landlocked variation of Jaws.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
September 10, 2005
Effectively wipes out the lion's cuddly image from The Lion King and reinstates its rep as the fearsome king of the jungle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 25, 2005
It sounds like it might be a good movie, but it ain't.
| Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
January 28, 2005
A roaring adventure.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
atmospheric but uneven thriller
| Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
April 3, 2004
Gets a bit weird and boring. Both stars can do better.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 11, 2003
An exciting man vs. nature adventure that falls short of terrifying because William Goldman's script is too reminiscent of Jaws.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 24, 2003
Excellent thriller. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer are outstanding.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003
Enjoyable and entertaining in a passive sort of way. Kilmer's performance makes the film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Provides us with an unforgettable primal encounter with the mysterious other.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 26, 2002
A compelling experience because it is true and because it is photographed with such panoramic intensity.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The picture is too lightweight, too posturing and too self-important to go in an introspective direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A rousingly effective 'man versus beast' yarn in the great tradition of Jaws and Moby Dick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Ranges in quality from adolescent boys' adventure stories to Heart of Darkness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Can't transcend a too-familiar script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The camerawork is frenetic and confusing, and the big confrontations are as likely to provoke unintentional laughter as edge-of-the-seat excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It lacks even the usual charm of being so bad it's funny. It's just bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A familiar tale, well told.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The real feature of this Stephen Hopkins-directed, William Goldman-scripted yarn are the gross and gory attacks, which explode at well-timed thrill intervals throughout.
| Original Score: 3/5
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