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  • Summary: Bertram Pincus is a man whose skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particutarly Frank HerlihyBertram Pincus is a man whose skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particutarly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited results. (Paramount Pictures/Dreamworks Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Both very funny and a bit of a tearjerker, with an on-the-money performance from Ricky Gervais.
  2. A welcome surprise: a supernatural romantic comedy that works, graced with a cast just off-center enough to make it distinctive.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    80
    Smartly supernatural, and featuring sensational performances by Ricky Gervais and Tea Leoni, Ghost Town is a "Topper" for our times.
  4. 75
    Predictable but amusing. The painfully awkward, stubby Gervais as romantic lead is a funny enough concept, but the actor's ongoing banter with Kinnear is engaging, and their styles mesh entertainingly.
  5. 70
    Audiences who feel battered by Hollywood's usual hard-sell approach to farce may be disarmed by Koepp's soft touch and inclined to credit blandness as understatement.
  6. But by the time this imperfect little film wends its way to one of the most winning exit lines I've heard in a long time, it's turned into something, well, perfectly lovely.
  7. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    40
    If you like Gervais' usual schtick, you might be prepared to overlook the hackneyed plot for the jokes and strong cast.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. GinoC
    Jan 20, 2009
    10
    A great all around movie. Very funny, but also humor with a big heart and Gervais, once again, excels at being a bit harsh and making you A great all around movie. Very funny, but also humor with a big heart and Gervais, once again, excels at being a bit harsh and making you like him at the same time. Tea Leoni and Greg Kinear do their roles great justice. A genuinely funny and touching film. As ironic as it may seem, those who think the film is unfunny are probably a bit too misanthropic to let their guards down to enjoy this it. Expand
  2. EdM.
    Sep 23, 2008
    9
    Very funny and original. The trailers do not do this movie justice.
  3. BenH.
    Dec 22, 2008
    9
    Ricky Gervais is great and everyone should take the time to see this movie and all of his work
  4. RichardW.
    Oct 1, 2008
    8
    Ricky Gervais is terrific (until he morphs into sweetness) as he, Tea Leoni and Greg Kinnear carry the day
  5. LaurenS
    Jan 19, 2009
    7
    A kickass movie for everyone with a good taste of humor. The only thing i could say, is dread hospital visits. The much lighter, funier A kickass movie for everyone with a good taste of humor. The only thing i could say, is dread hospital visits. The much lighter, funier version of the sixth sense, without the fear. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2010
    6
    Ricky Gervais is a comedian genius and is supported by a fine cast here. The film itself however, even though it kicks off well, as itRicky Gervais is a comedian genius and is supported by a fine cast here. The film itself however, even though it kicks off well, as it progresses the laughs are far between. Expand
  7. AllanP.
    Nov 11, 2008
    1
    Very poor, old fashioned, boring and crucially, UNFUNNY. I didn't laugh once - and I had seen all the mildly amusing bits in the Very poor, old fashioned, boring and crucially, UNFUNNY. I didn't laugh once - and I had seen all the mildly amusing bits in the trailer. Getting really bored of Ricky Gervais now too. Stick to writing Ricky! Expand

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