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Ghost World Reviews

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.
April 12, 2013
See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.
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.
July 7, 2010
By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.
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June 24, 2006
It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.
April 21, 2003
Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
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.
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
August 24, 2001
[Zwigoff] has elicited remarkable performances.
August 20, 2001
Give this weirdly humanitarian picture a try, and don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling through the bummer.
August 17, 2001
A darkly funny musing on junior-division misanthropy and, easily, the summer's best film about teen life.
August 17, 2001
Subtle, deeply humane.
August 17, 2001
Graced by numerous wonderful and amusing touches, and boasts sterling performances by Birch and Buscemi.
August 16, 2001
Riveting, hilarious and poignant.
August 9, 2001
In her need for affection, in her need to be taken seriously, Enid is poignant without ever being cloying.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 9, 2001
Zwigoff ... creates in Enid a character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
August 3, 2001
Buscemi makes Seymour into a character you simply want to see again and again.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 3, 2001
If you got a kick out of Crumb, this film will crack you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
August 3, 2001
Ghost World conforms reasonably well to the pattern of a traditional comedy while keeping its shaggy, haphazard comic-novel edge.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2001
A movie that appeals to the inner dork in all of us.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2001
Birch and Johansson inhabit Zwigoff's film with deft assurance and subtle moves.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2001
Enid and Rebecca ring true. Their attitudes seem real; so do their dilemmas.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
A bittersweet comic delight, with a core of real seriousness and sadness.
July 20, 2001
Comedic and bittersweet, a wacky trip to which anyone can relate.
July 20, 2001
Ineffably sad and rich.
July 20, 2001
So downscale it's liberating, so downbeat it's uplifting.
July 20, 2001
The cast ... brings Mr. Clowes's sad world of loneliness and disaffection to vivid comic life.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 20, 2001
As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2001
A singularly unsettling portrait of a culture in the grip of the mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
July 19, 2001
A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
July 10, 2001
A film like no other, an artful spellbinder that cuts deep.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 25, 2001
Energetically hilarious and embracing of out-of-the-mainstream folk.