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. Turns out to be a supple, intriguing, and beautifully staged movie. It features Dillon, in his most forceful performance since ''Drugstore Cowboy.''
  2. Overall, Dillon has scored at the helm. Wholly engrossing his film is not, but a valiant first feature it is.
  3. After all of these years playing smug street thugs, cocky idiots and patsies, can you blame Dillon for giving himself an elegant girl (Natascha McElhone), a devoted guardian angel, and a little redemption?
  4. 75
    Between the Caan and Dillon characters there are atmosphere, desperation and romance, and, at the end, something approaching true pathos.
  5. An exotic throwback to the kind of movies that John Huston used to make, where on-the-lam expatriates, tubby guys with tinny accents, and sinister locals convene in a ramshackle but seductive foreign burg -- and corruption, conflict and come-ons from a sultry female or two ensue.
  6. There's a way to love City of Ghosts, and that's to watch it not as a story that should add up to something, but as a series of little episodes with their own specialness and integrity.
  7. This is very much the work of a cinephile, calling to mind such middle-period Orson Welles jumbles as "The Lady From Shanghai" and "Mr. Arkadin" as well as dozens of other movies I only half remember, a familiarity that's essential to its charm.
  8. Great on atmosphere and less good on everything else. That’s not entirely a knock.
  9. Richly atmospheric and suspenseful.
  10. For his atmospheric debut as a feature director, the actor Matt Dillon has cast himself as a guy in need of saving. It's a nice fit.
  11. 67
    A bit of exotic neo-noir, clunky in parts and long, but often engaging and artfully atmospheric as well.
  12. In some ways it's not a film that surprises us much. But it's a notable directorial debut anyway -- smartly written, very well cast and skillfully done.
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 »