Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
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  1. Entertaining when it's really lurid, and Gerard Depardieu is something to behold as the proprietor of a broken-down hotel. He's a spectacular ruin in his own right.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Despite a name cast, with Dillon playing an insurance crook, pic is holed by a plot-heavy script that's unsatisfying at a character level and plays like a cut-down version of a much longer, more ambitious saga.
  3. A triumph of place over sense.
  4. 60
    This has the unmistakable feel of a vanity project about it, which makes it a little tough to take either Dillon or the film seriously.
  5. The film has plenty of shortcomings, but it's fun to see Caan back in action.
  6. 50
    Dillon makes an assured directing debut, neither indulging in unnecessary stylistic flourishes nor allowing scenes to run too long, a tendency in actors-turned-director.
  7. Musters gobs of atmosphere and touristy menace without attending much to story or character.
  8. If you feel you might already have seen City of Ghosts, but can't quite place it, you'd be forgiven. Hollywood, never afraid of working a cliché to death, has turned out dozens of "City of . . ." films over the years.
  9. 50
    Has enough atmosphere for three films, enough colorful grotesques for several more, and not enough of a script for one.
  10. The hand-held camera is much too insinuating for what is essentially a story we have seen many times before. And the cuts and transitions are dizzyingly abrupt.
  11. 50
    A Southeast Asian thriller that positively reeks of atmosphere - but is woefully lacking in narrative credibility or character development.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    It's an actor's film, all right -- peppered with rich supporting performances but unconvincing in the telling.
  13. 40
    Dillon doesn't yet possess the directorial chops to give his story the necessary snap; the action too often feels poky and muffled. But he does have a strong sense of place, and the movie's almost worth seeing just for Jim Denault's exquisite cinematography.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JonathanN.
    Mar 25, 2006
    9
    A thoroughly engrossing movie. The pacing is unusual but a welcome break from hollywood predictability. Great characters, fabulous settings, A thoroughly engrossing movie. The pacing is unusual but a welcome break from hollywood predictability. Great characters, fabulous settings, and a plot that holds together nicely and keeps you guessing. Overall a very pleasurable and rewarding viewing experience. Full Review »
  2. PaulB.
    Oct 1, 2005
    9
    Every element of this film was well thought out and executed. From the selection of locations, casting, the musical score, and especially the Every element of this film was well thought out and executed. From the selection of locations, casting, the musical score, and especially the writing and directing this film is both thoughtful and entertaining. I will be looking forward to seeing absolutly anything Matt Dillon chooses to direct based on his debut as director. A throughly enjoyable film, and rare in its attention to detail and craft. Full Review »