Casper (1995)

Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci). The eternally irritable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) discovers that the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 26, 1995
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A fairy tale with the soul of a rerun.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

The set design, however, merely disguises what is in fact an intimate and likeable picture.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Never cloying or abundant with cutesy dialogue...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's not clear why Steven Spielberg's Amblin decided to make a live-action entertainment starring the least interesting and most saccharine of all 50s cartoon characters.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Casper's movie is not the cleverest one around, but its hero may be the most lovable.

Polly M. Robertus
Common Sense Media

Haunted house tale not as mild as the cartoons.

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Brian Lowry

Once the audience has become inured to the wide-eyed protagonist and impressive digitized effects, there's little sense of wonder or awe to be found.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

This doesn't usually happen to me, but 15 minutes before the end of Casper I suddenly realized that if I didn't take a deep breath, I was going to start sobbing.

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Only Ricci, strange gothic child that she is, gets close to shining next to the animation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Brad Silberling has done a lot of directing for various TV episodes and such, but he does also direct movies. In this case, he brings the story of… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Adults should definetely avoid this film, it's often overly dramatic but… More
Phil Hubbs
I recall this film popping out of nowhere really, saw a trailer for it out of the blue, liked the look of it and went to see it. The creepy Addams Family… More
Sophie Burgess
A kids film that made me more scared that happy. Not something you should show kids who believe in ghosts.
Michael Edwards
Considering I've never been a HUGE fan of Casper (then again who is these days?) and considering the film doesn't have the best reputation for an… More
Unknown Hobo
An old fave from childhood, Casper is grown up enough to still be enjoyed. Although as an adult you pick up on themes a lot more than you do as a child, I think… More