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Ghost World Reviews

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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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 12, 2013
See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 14, 2010
Most of Ghost World is funny, but the laughs are inextricably tied to the painful alienation and self-loathing that comes with living on society's fringes.
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Ken Eisner
Variety
July 7, 2010
By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.
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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2001
Never predictable, this movie is often hilarious as well as touching, subtly adapting the mise en scene of Clowes's original without being fancy or obtrusive about it.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 24, 2001
A touching study of alienation that comes with no easy answers or excuses for those who cannot seem to connect in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 24, 2001
[Zwigoff] has elicited remarkable performances.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
August 20, 2001
Give this weirdly humanitarian picture a try, and don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling through the bummer.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 17, 2001
A darkly funny musing on junior-division misanthropy and, easily, the summer's best film about teen life.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 17, 2001
Subtle, deeply humane.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 17, 2001
Graced by numerous wonderful and amusing touches, and boasts sterling performances by Birch and Buscemi.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 16, 2001
Riveting, hilarious and poignant.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2001
In her need for affection, in her need to be taken seriously, Enid is poignant without ever being cloying.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 3, 2001
Buscemi makes Seymour into a character you simply want to see again and again.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2001
If you got a kick out of Crumb, this film will crack you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2001
Ghost World conforms reasonably well to the pattern of a traditional comedy while keeping its shaggy, haphazard comic-novel edge.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 3, 2001
A movie that appeals to the inner dork in all of us.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 2, 2001
Birch manages to perfect teenage boredom without ever alienating us from Enid, which is quite a trick when you think about it.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2001
Birch and Johansson inhabit Zwigoff's film with deft assurance and subtle moves.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2001
Enid and Rebecca ring true. Their attitudes seem real; so do their dilemmas.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 27, 2001
A bittersweet comic delight, with a core of real seriousness and sadness.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
July 20, 2001
Comedic and bittersweet, a wacky trip to which anyone can relate.
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July 20, 2001
Ineffably sad and rich.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 20, 2001
So downscale it's liberating, so downbeat it's uplifting.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 20, 2001
The cast ... brings Mr. Clowes's sad world of loneliness and disaffection to vivid comic life.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 20, 2001
As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2001
A singularly unsettling portrait of a culture in the grip of the mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
July 19, 2001
Both savagely funny and poignant for anyone who's ever had a friendship that felt like their only connection to the outside world.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 19, 2001
You'd almost have to be six feet under to resist the eccentric fun this movie scares up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 19, 2001
A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 18, 2001
It's smart enough to recognize that, as fleeting as adolescence may be, the world is haunted by the post-adolescent walking wounded.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 10, 2001
A film like no other, an artful spellbinder that cuts deep.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
June 25, 2001
Energetically hilarious and embracing of out-of-the-mainstream folk.