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Ghost Dad Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 9, 2014
As America's foremost TV dad, Heathcliffe Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Cosby is warm, wise and lovable. As Elliott Hopper, the overworked, unattentive dad in Ghost Dad, Cosby is, on the large screen, a mere shadow of his television presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 30, 2014
Cosby mugs away for all he's worth, but good gags are few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
July 16, 2013
Bill Cosby ghost movie has some iffy humor, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
June 25, 2013
Why are Cosby and Poitier wasting their time -- and ours -- with this twaddle?
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2013
I suppose you can't blame the star of one of TV's most popular series for attempting to conquer the movies -- yet again. What's perplexing is that Cosby keeps choosing vehicles that seem designed to sabotage the conquest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 21, 2013
Ghost Dad may be the dumbest major-studio movie of this none-too-bright summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2013
The comedy represents a step up from the inane debacle of Leonard Part 6, but one has to concede that no other direction was possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 21, 2013
Ghost Dad is so bad, it's scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 21, 2013
Solve this show business mystery: How is it that the greatly gifted Bill Cosby, a comedy guru with few peers, makes bad movies? The latest entry on his depressing film resume is Ghost Dad.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2013
When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2013
Poitier's rhythms are so sluggish that the film's finale seems to have been optically speeded up in a last-ditch attempt to give the picture some dash and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
June 28, 2010
Just depressing and incompetently assembled, reaching for a madcap mood of paranormal activity that results in one long headache. I now see why Poitier never directed again and Cosby refused another leading role in a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: F

TV Guide
August 4, 2009
On the big screen Cosby's heartfelt decency continues to come across as blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2008
Bill Cosby Sidney Poitier = Crap
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Unctuous, flat and phony, a farce that has the pace of a Broadway bus at rush hour.
IGN Movies
August 8, 2002
Should have been titled "Cosby's Ghost Film Career". And to think Poitier directed this thing. It's a TV comedy skit gone wrong.
| Original Score: 0/5
James Sanford
James Sanford on Film
July 29, 2002
dismal... There's more preachiness here than in a hundred 'ABC Afterschool Specials,' and the special effects wouldn't pass muster on a local kiddie show.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Scott Weinberg
July 29, 2002
Almost makes you forget how funny Bill Cosby can be.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't exhibit the slightest attempt to be consistent, logical or sensible in anything, and there are scenes so pointless and unmotivated that attentive audiences will ask what they're doing in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An earnest premise expounded in Cosby comic style, it goes no deeper than a half-hour of pixilated jollity. But it isn't bad for you.
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