Ghost World
Ghost World (2001)

Set during the summer after they graduate from high school, two ultra-hip friends, Enid and Becky fear drifting apart when Enid considers moving across the country to attend college. When Enid develops an attraction to offbeat Seymour and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 20, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With acerbic wit, Terry Zwigoff fashions Daniel Clowes' graphic novel into an intelligent, comedic trip through deadpan teen angst.

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.

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Ken Eisner

By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Ghost World is very funny but also very perceptive, and it offers Steve Buscemi one of the defining roles of his career.

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David Denby
New Yorker

See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.

Time Out

It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

While this isn't a showy or flashy movie, it has social, psychological, and ultimately mystical overtones that raise it leagues above most other teen-centered comedies.

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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.

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.

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

The modest yet redeeming triumph of Ghost World is the offhand way it brings to the screen a streak of American dark humor that is dour, resilient and unexpectedly infectious.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A film worthy enough to have Steve Buscemi as a romantic lead! Didn't see THAT coming. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson nail it as too nominally… More
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jay nixon
Dull and listless despite the good cast.
Eric S
The way this film ends is what I like most about it. And I say this not to put down the rest of it, but the powerful image and idea of simply disappearing… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Nothing comes close.
Daniel Perry
Very little like anything I've ever seen before, and a charming exploration of what makes a dork - or a hipster, today - and what we should want out of… More