The Hungry Ghosts
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The Tibetans describe a type of hell in which souls with tiny mouths are afflicted with enormous, insatiable bellies. These inhabitants are considered 'the hungry ghosts.' Michael Imperioli's directorial debut THE HUNGRY GHOSTS portrays an eclectic group of New Yorkers in search of spiritual and emotional fulfillment. Frank (Steven R. Schirripa, The Sopranos, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) a late-night radio host, is trapped in a tenuous relationship with his son, Matthew (Emory Cohen in his screen debut.), as a result of Frank's drug addition and gambling problems. When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An earnest effort that too often betrays its good intentions with an overly heavy hand."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Thirty-six hours. Multiple characters. Interlocking narratives. Michael Imperioli's Manhattan-set film-directing debut hits plenty of familiar notes, almost all of them off-key."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"The authenticity of Imperioli's understanding of spiritual revolution makes the screenplay, which unevenly vacillates between displays of schmaltzy sentiment and inept skid row melodrama, almost bearable."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"An ensemble drama that applies the Crash formula to New York and steeps it in Eastern religion, therapeutics and addiction while exhibiting a giggly suburban take on Manhattan kink."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"A choppy bumper-car ride of scenes, full of keyed-in performers, runs of vernacular dialogue, and narrative blindsides."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The Hungry Ghosts is vanity cinema at its most tedious."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"I get it, but I don't buy it."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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