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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58

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  1. YoonMinC.
    Sep 28, 2003
    6
    Another deadpan Jarmusch movie as disturbing as Dead Man because the modus operandi of both is violence. Jarmusch's earlier movies dealt with quirky outsiders, laidback and uninvolved with mainstream life. They had a certain charm as well as some annoying slackerish mannerisms. But, being laidback and gonzoed out about violence is a different matter. In both Dead Man and Ghost Dog, Another deadpan Jarmusch movie as disturbing as Dead Man because the modus operandi of both is violence. Jarmusch's earlier movies dealt with quirky outsiders, laidback and uninvolved with mainstream life. They had a certain charm as well as some annoying slackerish mannerisms. But, being laidback and gonzoed out about violence is a different matter. In both Dead Man and Ghost Dog, we're goaded into dumb, slo-mo laughter as we see a bunch of people--mostly white guys with no redeemable facets--get mowed down. I'm not sure if Jarmusch is pulling the rug on genre conventions(and for what reason particularly?), making a statement about racism, or simply being smug. It's inventive in the sense that Jarmusch brings together disparate elements; the usually slick gangster hero has been replaced by a fat, dreadlocked Forest Whitaker. An urban black guy leads an ascetic life based on Oriental warrior philosophy so at odds with the rhythm and lingo of rap. Perhaps, Jarmusch wants to push and hold us in that area where we're unsure of what to think or feel, whether to laugh or cringe, but overall it left me less illumed than squeamish. Expand
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67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 60
    A movie as laconic as its hero, Ghost Dog is nonetheless diminished by its most un-Zen-like attachment to this underlying sentimentality.
  2. It's the kind of movie you wish you had more time to absorb and could see more than once before reviewing.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Am I the only one who finds the substance of this movie repulsive?