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Ghosts Reviews

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Top Critic
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 24, 2008
Worth seeing, not just for its message, but also for the intriguing way it uses documentary tools to tell a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Kelly
Cinematical
October 18, 2008
Extremely compelling.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Finely balanced and well-argued, this is a work, which like its protagonist Ai Qin, has a quiet strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2007
Veteran documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield makes an impressive leap to features with Ghosts.
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat
January 25, 2007
An extremely sincere depiction of the immigrant experience. Its core story isn't particularly better or worse than those of most other films about the immigrant experience, but it captures certain moments with gripping clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 24, 2007
A strikingly well-made film, highlighting a serious issue in a powerfully resonant way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 13, 2007
Powerful, superbly directed and frequently harrowing docu-drama with a strong performance by Ai Qin Lin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
January 12, 2007
Broomfield has great visual style, exposing-Britain's ugliness and beauty at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Times (UK)
January 12, 2007
It's an astute move to step back behind the camera. This is a story powerful enough to need little help in getting its point across.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
January 12, 2007
From the stunning horizon-spanning opening to the nerve-shredding climax, controversial documentary-maker Nick Broomfield moves seamlessly into feature films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 12, 2007
Broomfield, inspired by Ken Loach and perhaps too by Michael Winterbottom in his exposure of the migrants' plight, has made a film surprising in its intensity and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 12, 2007
Bookended by the terrible tragedy that befell Ai Qin and her friends, this is raw, heartfelt stuff - and enough to make you choke on your salad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 12, 2007
A valuably tactless, steady, clear-eyed look at the tragedy and cruelty of the new globalised serfdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
FilmFour.com
January 12, 2007
If you didn't know filmmaker Nick Broomfield was behind Ghosts you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a Michael Winterbottom film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
January 12, 2007
Like Michael Winterbottom's In This World, the digitally-shot Ghosts blurs the distinctions between documentary and fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 12, 2007
It has its weak points as drama - some stilted acting, especially - but when the topic itself is so in need of exposure, much can be forgiven in favour of the film's social and political importance. And important it certainly is.

Total Film
January 12, 2007
Reveals the appalling conditions of virtual slavery endured by illegal immigrant workers in today's Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
January 12, 2007
Micro-budget, big issues and one of the year's first mini-surprises: Broomfield's turned a pressing, grave topic into a gripping piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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