Just Like Heaven


Just Like Heaven

Critics Consensus

Delightfully sweet like a lollipop, Just Like Heaven is a dreamy romantic comedy that may give you a toothache when it attempts to broach difficult end of life issues by throwing a cherry on top.



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User Ratings: 541,416
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A couple who live on different sides of the divide of life and death discover just how many boundaries love can cross in this romantic comic fantasy. Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) is a hardworking and dedicated medical resident who, after 20 hours on duty, is heading home when she falls asleep at the wheel of her car and is involved in a fatal auto accident. Several weeks later, a man named David (Mark Ruffalo) takes over the lease on Elizabeth's apartment, but he discovers that she hasn't quite vacated the building. Elizabeth's body may be dead, but her spirit is still quite lively, and her ghost is insisting that the apartment is still hers...and that she wants him to move out. David brings in Darryl (Jon Heder), an eccentric man who claims to have psychic powers, to help sweep Elizabeth's spirit out of the apartment, but she refuses to budge, certain that she can't be completely dead, despite all evidence to the contrary. As Elizabeth and David try to share the flat, they discover that their differences aren't as great as they once imagined, and they become attracted to one another. But will Elizabeth's spirit stay in the land of the living long enough for their romance to go somewhere? Just Like Heaven marked Jon Heder's first feature film role after his breakthrough appearance in the independent hit Napoleon Dynamite.

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Reese Witherspoon
as Elizabeth Masterson
Mark Ruffalo
as David Abbott
Donal Logue
as Jack Houriskey
Dina Waters
as Abby Brody
Ben Shenkman
as Brett Rushton
Jon Heder
as Darryl
Chris Pflueger
as Tom Brody
Kerris Dorsey
as Zoe Brody
Alyssa Shafer
as Lily Brody
Ron Canada
as Dr. Walsh
Gabrielle Madé
as Nurse Maria
Shulie Cowen
as Nurse Jenny
Diego Sebastian
as Bandage Guy
Cristian Cruz
as Orderly Luis
Paul Cassell
as Michael
William Caploe
as Male Nurse
Catherine Taber
as Intern Karen
Drew Letchworth
as Guy With Glasses
Raymond O'Connor
as Catholic Priest
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Ghostbuster 1
James D. Weston II
as Bar Patron/Precision Driver
Harry Siitonen
as Nutty Old Guy
Lorna Scott
as Nosy Neighbor
Ken Takemoto
as Chinese Man
Jeff Marcus
as Uptight Neighbor
Chaim Jeraffi
as Dry Cleaner
Doug Krizner
as Mr. Willis
Karen Harrison
as Kenny's Friend
Ingrid Coree
as Waitress
Jeffrey Marcus
as Uptight Neighbor
Amita Balla
as Young Receptionist
Steve Irish
as Patrolman
Zoe Waters
as Park Girl
Ron Hacker
as Blues Guy
Victor Yerrid
as Ghostbuster 2
Robert J. Benjamin
as Ghostbuster 3
Lucille Soong
as Chinese Woman
Ken Clark
as Security 3
Tim Connolly
as Security Guard
Marilee Lesley
as Elizabeth in Coma
Tony Brubaker
as Security Guard
Tim Sitarz
as Security Guard
Jimmy Ortega
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Just Like Heaven

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (33)

  • ... it is refreshing to see a love story played out with sincerity.

    Dec 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • See two charming characters make beautiful music together.

    Sep 28, 2005 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • Starts out glib and gimmicky but later digs surprisingly deep.

    Sep 24, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • It's corny, it's somewhat predictable, but it's also very sweet, it's funny.

    Sep 19, 2005
  • Closer to hell, really.

    Sep 16, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Just Like Heaven is really nothing more than your standard love-from-beyond-the-grave squishfest (even though the heroine isn't actually dead) done up in the dumb bonnet-and-bloomers get-up of contemporary romantic comedy.

    Sep 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Just Like Heaven

  • Jul 17, 2014
    How much you like this film depends on how much you like Reece Witherspoon. Her character can be quite annoying here but I suppose that's the point. You grow to like her as Ruffalo does. The film plays a little like 'Ghost Town' and 'Cardiac Arrest' but will a little twist this time as the two souls are obviously destined to fall in love. The whole thing is very sweet and Ruffalo and Witherspoon make a nice couple. If you want a sweet romantic comedy you'll probably like this. However it may be a bit sickly for some.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2012
    It is fun watching a ghost who doesn't know they are a ghost. At one point, Reese was arguing that she was completely normal while her ghostly image is being split in half by the dining room table.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    Just Like Heaven may not be a movie with an intelligent screenplay, topnotch direction, and superb acting, but it still managed to touch my heart and show me how good it is to fall in love.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2011
    There are moments of surprise, it's really cute, not a bad choice if you are desperate or lonely :D
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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