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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 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. Leoni and Kinnear are charming, and Koepp keeps the mood appropriately light. But really, this would be just another disposable comedy if it weren't for our unassuming star.
  4. It's a smooth journey across familiar territory to a safe emotional harbor, always professional and occasionally delightful.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    Once Leoni's Gwen comes on the scene, the movie starts to bubble along nicely. Not just because Leoni is a screwball heroine worth, er, screwballing--at 42, she's more attractive than ever--but because her character is given a weight and texture that's rare in a movie of this type.
  6. Diverting enough, but it's also the kind of high-concept studio concoction Ricky Gervais might have ridiculed in his great backstage-showbiz sitcom "Extras."
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    If it sounds all so pale and predictable, it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Sep 4, 2011
    8
    One of the greatest comedies I've seen. Gervais put on a good performance and it's one of the very few comedies that actually has a big heart. Brilliant. Expand
  2. 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 it progresses the laughs are far between. Expand
  3. Jun 10, 2013
    6
    This was a tricky one because it started out very strong, dipped in the middle and pretty much became cringe-worthy, before picking up towards the end making for a very uneven film. Both Gervais & Kinnear were quite irritating most of the time and because they were playing unlikable character it's the main reason why I didn't really enjoy the film. The concept, however, was great and the main reason why I did like the rest of the film so overall a tough one to judge. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2010
    4
    Man has colonic operation, can see dead people afterwards with "hilarious" consequences.
    Pretty average comedy with one or two laughs here &
    there.
    I'm a big Ricky Gervais fan but I thought he was mis-cast here & it felt a bit uncomfortable & clumsy at times.
    Ghost is a lot better &, to be honest, funnier I'd say.
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  5. Nov 1, 2010
    3
    Felt very dated - and not in the good way. Special effects felt like a made-for-TV movie, complete with 'whoosh' sounds as ghosts pass through doors. The sneezing effect was funny the first time, not the thirtieth. The conversations between Gervais and Wiig and the lawyer were the best part of the film.

    The biggest complaint I have, though, is that the movie seems to start out as a comedy, then goes into a corny romcom, then tries to be emotional and dramatic. But the dramatic stuff feels very forced, very cliche, very cheesy. The whole film felt empty and on autopilot. Seems like one of those movies meant to fill seats and sell tickets and DVDs; no real aspirations or content to walk away with. Sure, not every movies needs to be a life-changing experience, but unlike, say, a light-hearted Adam Sandler comedy, this movie seems to think it is something deep and affecting.

    Really, really corny film.
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  6. Oct 3, 2013
    3
    Overelaborate and distasteful, Ghost Town is annoying, dull, and you will be checking your watch to see when you can get out of this movie hell. Ricky Gervais is rude, unlikable, and uninteresting. Greg Kinnear doesn't provide comic relief like he should've. This whole movie is a bad film disguised as a good one. Expand

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