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  • Summary: Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. (MGM / UA)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong. It creates specific, original, believable, lovable characters, and meanders with them through their inconsolable days, never losing its sense of humor.
  2. A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt.
  3. 90
    Let the unsettling secrets of this outrageously funny and steadily engrossing meditation on the life of two high school misfits after graduation catch you by surprise. It's that good.
  4. There's a loneliness at the heart of this world, and Ghost World, that's really touching -- and a bit scary, too.
  5. 88
    A unique bond still develops between the two outcasts, leading to an unexpected resolution that ends this subtle, deeply humane movie on an ambiguous, but unmistakably hopeful, note.
  6. A funny, sad, scary and ultimately tragic coming-of-age drama/black comedy that skillfully -- and uncompromisingly -- creates its own world and uniquely pessimistic vision.
  7. 75
    In his first fiction feature, Zwigoff doesn't forget to bring the funny. But he doesn't bring enough poetry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 69
  2. Negative: 14 out of 69
  1. Feb 27, 2011
    10
    Hands down, the best movie of the 00's thus far. One of the greatest films ever made, a masterpiece. The career best performances for Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi. Funny, touching, moving, and just enough of a mean streak to elevate it, without enough to hurt it. One of the best films ever to measure whether or not someone is a film fan, or just looking for mindless entertainment. The former will love this, the latter should go watch trash like Transformers 2. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2011
    10
    Ghost World is an extraordinary,poignant portrayal of teenage angst and the perks and difficulties of social outsideness.It's equally witty and touching in its delivery.Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson convey the alienation of their characters beautifully.Steve Buscemi gives one of the best performances of his career as Seymour,a lonely middle-aged man who finds solace only in his record collection.Zwigoff and Clowes have created characters that are completely believable and relatable.It's one of the few films that portrays teen anxiety in such a unique way.It's equally subtle and moving in its delivery.Ghost World is one of the few genuinely life-altering movies I've seen.Also Scarlett Johansson's husky voice makes me weak at the knees! Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    Much like Zwigoff's "Crumb," this movie exists wholly in a field of its own, and its constant eccentricities give it all the more power to captivate the viewer. Aside from being perfectly casted, the scripting/editing really give the movie its edge, as many of the characters are defined by one-liners and quick shots. Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    The movie provides the most outrageous sense of humour, but in a positive way. The humour in the film was deeply touching in a way that the viewer would not expect from this kind of film. The storyline was so outrageously distinctive compared to the othe ther teenage films. The protagonist of the movie was very well acted with such an original acting. My favorite teenage film so far ^^. Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2013
    6
    what does really this movie want to say? i don't understand. i think this high rating was because of ambiguity of the movie. they did not understand and thought that it is so strong. Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2013
    5
    I don't know what all the critics are raving about. The movie's not bad, but it can be very boring. It has interesting characters and decent performances but the screenplay fails to really do anything entertaining with any of them. It's not particularly funny either. There's maybe one or two points in the movie that may get a slight chuckle but that's about it. It has a unique type of charm about it but it's a very slight kind of charm. It could have been a lot better. I'm sorry but I found it overrated. Expand
  7. DHE
    Dec 3, 2011
    3
    If the central character is supposed to be sympathetic, I don't get it. She's an annoying, self-absorbed brat possessed of an undeserved case of ennui. Scarlett Johansson is also surprisingly uninteresting, leaving very little to focus on. The only (mildly) interesting moments in the film involved minor characters. Definitely a movie only another self-absorbed teenager could love. Unless you have a very high threshold for boredom, skip it Expand

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