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Ghost World 2001

Critics score:
92 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: [Zwigoff] has elicited remarkable performances. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Subtle, deeply humane. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: A touching study of alienation that comes with no easy answers or excuses for those who cannot seem to connect in life. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Riveting, hilarious and poignant. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: A movie that appeals to the inner dork in all of us. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Enid and Rebecca ring true. Their attitudes seem real; so do their dilemmas. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: The cast ... brings Mr. Clowes's sad world of loneliness and disaffection to vivid comic life. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, 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. Read more

Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times: Comedic and bittersweet, a wacky trip to which anyone can relate. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: Ineffably sad and rich. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: 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. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: A singularly unsettling portrait of a culture in the grip of the mediocre. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Graced by numerous wonderful and amusing touches, and boasts sterling performances by Birch and Buscemi. Read more

Paul Tatara, Give this weirdly humanitarian picture a try, and don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling through the bummer. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Ghost World conforms reasonably well to the pattern of a traditional comedy while keeping its shaggy, haphazard comic-novel edge. Read more

Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly: Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: So downscale it's liberating, so downbeat it's uplifting. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone. Read more

Andrew Sarris, 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, A bittersweet comic delight, with a core of real seriousness and sadness. Read more

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle: If you got a kick out of Crumb, this film will crack you up. Read more

Time Out: It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: You'd almost have to be six feet under to resist the eccentric fun this movie scares up. Read more

Ken Eisner, Variety: By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: It's smart enough to recognize that, as fleeting as adolescence may be, the world is haunted by the post-adolescent walking wounded. Read more