Ghost Stories

Critics Consensus

Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.

83%

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Total Count: 118

59%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,305
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Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror's Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Sherlock's Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of these macabre stories seems to have sinister connection to Professor Goodman's own life. WIll they make a believer of him yet?

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Cast

Martin Freeman
as Mike Priddle
Alex Lawther
as Simon Rifkind
Andy Nyman
as Professor Goodman
Paul Whitehouse
as Tony Matthews
Jill Halfpenny
as Peggy Van Rhys
Amy Doyle
as Esther Goodman
Ramzan Miah
as Esters's Boyfriend
Ryan Oliva
as Hellion
Nicholas Burns
as Mark van Rhys
Lesley Harcourt
as BBC Local Newsreader
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Stories

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (19)

  • It's a letdown to find that there's nothing at the bottom of a box of tricks which in themselves are not as clever as they could have been.

    Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ghost Stories has more genuine scares than most horror movies, so it almost seems a bit unfair when it's funny too.

    May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

    Andrew Whalen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • This film nails its black humor and finds a bizarre but satisfying conclusion to manage all the loose ends.

    May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The element that's too often missing from horror is one that Dyson and Nyman relish: fun.

    May 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers trust the audience, and benefit from a trio of excellent performances by the subjects of each story.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Ghost Stories" is nothing if not nostalgic: for old-fashioned creepshows that send a mordant chill down the spine, shadows as sinister as the specters within them, and audiences freshly eager to peer into both.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghost Stories

  • Jan 26, 2019
    Three ghost stories in a frame narrative that starts out slowly and what seems to be unnecessarily complicated. The devil is in the details, though and ultimately there is a pay-off, maybe even warranting another viewing or two. As for the ghost stories, they are wonderfully unpleasant and have quite a few jump scares. Overall, and without entering spoiler territory, I appreciated what the movie attempted and was pretty entertained, but somehow it could have achieved even more in every aspect.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2018
    What you've got here are three relatively intriguing horror concepts that end just as they are getting interesting held together by a pretty mediocre central story.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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