Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Ghost World resists convenient closures and summaries and some may take issue with its open-endedness. But anything else would have been phony, and Enid would never have stood for it.
  2. 75
    In his first fiction feature, Zwigoff doesn't forget to bring the funny. But he doesn't bring enough poetry.
  3. 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.
  4. If, like me, you've been wondering how Terry Zwigoff, the brilliant documentary filmmaker who made "Crumb," would negotiate his shift to fiction filmmaking, here's your answer: brilliantly.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Has social, psychological, and ultimately mystical overtones that raise it leagues above most other teen-centered comedies.
  8. A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt.
  9. 90
    Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life.
  10. Ghost World is above all a disquieting consciousness-raiser.
  11. 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.
  12. 80
    The results are both savagely funny and poignant for anyone who's ever had a friendship that felt like their only connection to the outside world.
  13. Despite the presence of several sublimely cracked actors and some of the most abrasive white-trash caricatures since "Raising Arizona," Birch totally owns this movie.
  14. Funny, insightful, unpredictable and blessed with pitch-perfect performances, Ghost World is one of the year's best movies.
  15. 88
    As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.
  16. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    90
    In the hearts of losers, Zwigoff’s found a real winner.
  17. There's a loneliness at the heart of this world, and Ghost World, that's really touching -- and a bit scary, too.
  18. 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.
  19. 90
    Offers an exquisite tour of the twilight zone between high school and the so-called real world, as well as between bohemian subculture and the even stranger culture of America at large.
  20. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    Bests most other teen comedies right off the bat. If you got a kick out of "Crumb," this film will crack you up.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Pitch-perfect -- not just the most enjoyable movie of the year but the first (after Crumb) to get the tone of a certain strain of "underground" comic right.
  23. 100
    It's surely the best depiction of teenage eccentricity since "Rushmore," and its incisive satire of the boredom and conformity that rule our thrill-seeking, individualistic land, and also its question-mark ending, reminded me of "The Graduate."
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    In this arid landscape, the edifice of Ghost World, with all its acute insolence, stands out like the Taj Mahal.
  25. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    This mordantly funny, emotionally piquant depiction of post-adolescent angst also has its roots in the graphic novel format.
  26. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
  27. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    80
    By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.
  28. 90
    Keep your "Lara Croft" and your "Shrek": For me, the summer's reigning icons are Enid, Thora Birch's geek goddess in Ghost World, and her action-movie analogue.
  29. Smart, surpassingly odd, extremely funny and mysteriously endearing at the same time.
  30. A character so real and poignant (yet hysterically funny), she'll linger for months or years.
  31. Buscemi makes Seymour into a character you simply want to see again and again. He's the most appealing, amusing "loser" anyone could ever share old records with.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 161 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 theThe 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 ^^. Full Review »
  3. Oct 18, 2014
    7
    I must have been in a bad mood when I saw this before. When previously, I found it boring and bland, this time I found it to be witty andI must have been in a bad mood when I saw this before. When previously, I found it boring and bland, this time I found it to be witty and creative. The characters stand out and are unique. They also never feel forced. By my score though, it's quite obvious that I don't think it's perfect. Some sections still bored me, and it's not always as funny as it thinks it is. It's greatest success might actually be in conveying the sadness of growing up, losing friends, and the uncertainty of what to do next. Maybe understanding these things now, helped me to enjoy it more. Or maybe I just wasn't paying attention enough last time to notice funny lines like, "Everyone's too stupid!" and "Can I call you Weird AL?" I'm not completely sure I wrote that last one right word for word. Full Review »