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Ghost World Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Has some grade A talent behind it, but it lacks any of the heart or emotion of the coming of age brand the film aspires toward...
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
Ghost World" trades in its wry observations for easy laughs, going all out to humiliate its most sympathetic character.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Much praised but, to me, ultimately an unsatisfying film.
Dan Fazio
July 20, 2001
Its comedy is deadened by too-few jokes amid a numbing pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
October 17, 2002
Here, the fantasy is self-actualization and it creates an obsacle for the audience. Not to mention that this story settles in a place that essentially boxes the characters into an ending that has the doomed daydreaming aspect of a really awful songwriter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 19, 2001
A somber, depressing exercise in navel gazing that repels and bores far more than it can fascinate.
Alex Keen
July 31, 2001
It was just not as funny or as cynical as it could have been.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 2, 2001
Birch and especially Johansson are not just uncomfortable in the space between childhood and adolescence -- they're uncomfortable in front of the camera.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 3, 2001
I didn't expect Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, but there's a limit to the mean-spiritedness one can endure in a character one is supposed to find delightful.
Rod Armstrong
August 3, 2001
Belabored, smug, and unfocused.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 6, 2002
interesting characters with juicy interplay early on, but proves trying later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Mader
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
There are bits of wicked humor, but Zwigoff begins by laughing at the kooks in Clowes' ghost of a world and never stops. The real crime is that Clowes is content to join in with him.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Endelman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A dry, witty examination of adolescent oddballs and suburban alienation.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2001
I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
August 9, 2001
A refreshing change from the usual summer fare, offering interesting characters, smart dialogue, biting satire (the concept of 'high art' gets shredded), and dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2013
The greatest distinction of "Ghost World" is its singular spirit. Here's a dark, deadpan comedy about alienated kids that manages to be smart, surpassingly odd, extremely funny and mysteriously endearing at the same time.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 16, 2001
Its respect for its characters and their quirks are a minty-fresh reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.
Eric D. Snider
February 9, 2002
It is to the film's credit that it treats Enid more seriously than she treats herself, eventually developing her as a dynamic, sympathetic character.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 9, 2001
Zwigoff ... creates in Enid a character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
April 21, 2003
Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
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