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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
    Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Whatever portion of the alienated teen angst championship Thora Birch left unclaimed after ''American Beauty,'' she nails down brilliantly in Ghost World.
  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. What I did like unreservedly was the acting. Enid, as enacted by the sometimes astonishing Birch, is one of the more convincing, no-nonsense teens in recent movies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 69
  3. 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 ThoraHands 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. JackL
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    This is a really really deep, intriguing and subtly poignant movie. The movie well deserves the score by the critics (if not higher). Those This is a really really deep, intriguing and subtly poignant movie. The movie well deserves the score by the critics (if not higher). Those who says this movie is boring either because they don't watch it as if they are reading literature, which mean that there are symbols, metaphors, and imagery which need to be looked closely and analyzed in order to see a greater picture, or because they are just too lazy to use their brain, which mean they rather let their brains be entertained (like when they watch those brainless, shallow mainstream blockbusters or those empty, mundane shows on television) than to make it think, which, in turn, would cause them too much pain since their brains have not been working for so long. C. Monster said that Expand
  3. JohnB.
    May 6, 2004
    10
    One of my favorite movies.
  4. 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 wittyGhost 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
  5. thewiseking
    Feb 11, 2006
    9
    This film gets better with each viewing. My initial impression was that it was overly droll and too full of teenage ennui. However, with each This film gets better with each viewing. My initial impression was that it was overly droll and too full of teenage ennui. However, with each reviewing (thanks to the indie film channels) I have really come to appreciate just how brilliantly this film captures what it is like to not quite fit in, in an age when hip/hop, ignorance, misogyny and thuggery have completely hijacked the popular culture. Expand
  6. andone
    Nov 4, 2005
    8
    How can someone say "seems to me like a movie that exists for existing's sake" about this movie. The story follows the comic work of How can someone say "seems to me like a movie that exists for existing's sake" about this movie. The story follows the comic work of Daniel Clowes, known for being one of the best graphic novelists in America. He even wrote the screenplay. Click over to the book review section on this site and read the reviews for one of his other works, 'Ice Haven'. The acting was the only redeeming quality? I bet that's why it recieved Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best adapted screenplay, right? b/c of the acting. The original story certainly didn't rely on acting to be compelling and respected. Just because you don't understand or can't relate to something doesn't mean that it "exists for existing's sake". I suspect J T is someone who is not well read. If you are someone who appreciates art, read Peter M and Alex C.'s reviews. If you would rather watch typical BS coming from hollywood, JT and C. Monster's reviews will better guide you. Expand
  7. JamesL.
    Jul 27, 2006
    2
    I can't believe Birch was nominated for a Golden Globe for this. I saw Ghost World in the theater, and I wasn't the only one I can't believe Birch was nominated for a Golden Globe for this. I saw Ghost World in the theater, and I wasn't the only one laughing at scenes that were supposed to be touching. Poorly acted, poorly directed, and far less imaginative than it thinks it is. A big disappointment from Zwigoff; an even bigger letdown that the critics seem blind to the movie's myriad flaws. Expand

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