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A touching study of alienation that comes with no easy answers or excuses for those who cannot seem to connect in life.
Enid and Rebecca ring true. Their attitudes seem real; so do their dilemmas.
New York Times:
The cast ... brings Mr. Clowes's sad world of loneliness and disaffection to vivid comic life.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
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.
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.
Graced by numerous wonderful and amusing touches, and boasts sterling performances by Birch and Buscemi.
Give this weirdly humanitarian picture a try, and don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling through the bummer.
Globe and Mail:
Ghost World conforms reasonably well to the pattern of a traditional comedy while keeping its shaggy, haphazard comic-novel edge.
Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
So downscale it's liberating, so downbeat it's uplifting.
See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.
New York Observer:
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.
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.
A bittersweet comic delight, with a core of real seriousness and sadness.
It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.
You'd almost have to be six feet under to resist the eccentric fun this movie scares up.
By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.
It's smart enough to recognize that, as fleeting as adolescence may be, the world is haunted by the post-adolescent walking wounded.