City of Ghosts
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Jimmy Cremmins has been working as a front man for a bogus insurance company set up by his longtime mentor, Marvin. In the aftermath of a disastrous hurricane, claims against their fabricated coverage come pouring in. With Marvin living as an expatriate in Southeast Asia, Jimmy is forced to face the subsequent chaos and investigation on his own. He decides instead to flee and re-group with Marvin in Asia, against Marvin's wishes. After a short stay in Bangkok, Jimmy goes to Cambodia in search of Marvin. During his pursuit he finds himself a stranger in the mysterious and often hostile… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is so much to admire in Matt Dillon's City of Ghosts that the feeling left over after watching it is an unsettling sense of disappointment and unfairness."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A long, winding, but decently layered modern film noir."
‑ Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic
"can be criticised of many things, but wasting locations and local talent is not one of them"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"There's nothing interesting about this half-baked noir plot..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Longtime actor, first-time director Matt Dillon relates an urgency and passion behind the camera, intent on telling us one story while showing us another."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"While it won't be remembered as great cinema, it is actually a tight piece of film noir."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Trades more effectively in states of alienated atmospheric delirium than it does the specific mechanics of plot."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The surprise is not necessarily that Dillon has a unique voice, but rather that the voice is so bizarrely dark and uninhibitedly exotic."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"The movie fairly oozes with atmosphere, and its cast contains enough colorful characters to make Casablanca blush."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Dillon is so eager to show the duality of Cambodia, the grace and the grime, that he sacrifices major story elements to do so."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"While the film is not short on ideas or implications, none of them is fully developed, leaving us little but atmosphere and warm whiskey to drink in."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Dillon doesn't quite pull it off, but you've got to admire the guy's chutzpah."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Shows some promise in that it wants to say something, but there are plenty of forgettable moments to go along with it."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Matt Dillon is a hero worried about his karma"
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"Though 'City of Ghosts' can't match its models, it takes us close enough to Greeneland to be a worthy homage and an impressive, though flawed, debut...well worth a look."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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