User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. ChadS.
    Jun 6, 2003
    4
    In one scene, Jimmy(Matt Dillon), not wanting to endanger Sok's life, gives the pedicab driver money and tells him to leave. It reminded me of "The Killing Fields" when Malkovich tells Waterston that the Cambodian should've been given the opportunity to flee. In another scene that evokes the great 1984 Roland Joffe film, Dillon lets Sok carry the story, as we watch him return In one scene, Jimmy(Matt Dillon), not wanting to endanger Sok's life, gives the pedicab driver money and tells him to leave. It reminded me of "The Killing Fields" when Malkovich tells Waterston that the Cambodian should've been given the opportunity to flee. In another scene that evokes the great 1984 Roland Joffe film, Dillon lets Sok carry the story, as we watch him return home to his family. Well, that's about the only pleasure I got out of "City of Ghosts". Dillon is fine as an actor, adequate as a director, but the writing was pretty weak. Caan and Skarsgard's presence almost offsets the lack of narrative momentum. Expand
  2. GregT.
    Nov 3, 2003
    4
    I like both Matt Dillon and James Caan but this was sleepy. You see Cambodia and Viet Nam as delapitated old whores. Everything needs paint including this plot. The father who is a con artist and a scammer becomes a saint who loves his son. Dillon seems oblivous to it all and rightly so.
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
  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. The film has plenty of shortcomings, but it's fun to see Caan back in action.
  3. 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.