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Bill Cosby mugs so uncontrollably that it looks as if he may be the victim of a muscular disorder in the inane and unfunny Ghost Dad. Cosby plays Elliot, a workaholic widower with three children -- Danny (Salim Grant), Amanda (Brooke Fontainbe), and the teenage Diane (Kimberly Russell). Elliot is hoping to close a big deal that will mean a promotion, more money, and lots of perks, but a cab ride with a freaked-out cab driver causes his untimely demise. Elliot discovers that he is now a ghost and has to learn to spend more time with his kids rather than worry about money and career. Otherwise,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

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"I suppose you can't blame the star of one of TV's most popular series for attempting to conquer the movies -- yet again. What's perplexing is that Cosby keeps choosing vehicles that seem designed to sabotage the conquest."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"As America's foremost TV dad, Heathcliffe Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Cosby is warm, wise and lovable. As Elliott Hopper, the overworked, unattentive dad in Ghost Dad, Cosby is, on the large screen, a mere shadow of his television presence."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Why are Cosby and Poitier wasting their time -- and ours -- with this twaddle?"
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Just depressing and incompetently assembled, reaching for a madcap mood of paranormal activity that results in one long headache. I now see why Poitier never directed again and Cosby refused another leading role in a feature film."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Ghost Dad may be the dumbest major-studio movie of this none-too-bright summer."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Poitier's rhythms are so sluggish that the film's finale seems to have been optically speeded up in a last-ditch attempt to give the picture some dash and energy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Cosby mugs away for all he's worth, but good gags are few and far between."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Ghost Dad is so bad, it's scary."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"On the big screen Cosby's heartfelt decency continues to come across as blandness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The comedy represents a step up from the inane debacle of Leonard Part 6, but one has to concede that no other direction was possible."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unctuous, flat and phony, a farce that has the pace of a Broadway bus at rush hour."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Bill Cosby ghost movie has some iffy humor, profanity."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Solve this show business mystery: How is it that the greatly gifted Bill Cosby, a comedy guru with few peers, makes bad movies? The latest entry on his depressing film resume is Ghost Dad."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Bill Cosby Sidney Poitier = Crap"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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