Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    60
    A big sweet hit, tingly and glycerined in a phony way, but diverting.
  2. Nothing if not earnest. It's also eccentric enough to remain interesting even when its ghost story isn't easy to believe.
  3. 60
    Three losers of late, the actors succeed quite nicely in unifying the movie's multiple personalities, its ricocheting screenplay.
  4. It's formula-packed business as usual. In fact, it's double-packed, triple-packed, more.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    An odd creation - at times nearly smothering in arty somberness, at others veering into good, wacky fun.
  6. There's something relentlessly superficial about the movie, and in one area that cries out for sensitivity - the treatment of racial differences among the characters - it falls down badly. [22 Aug 1990, Arts, p.11]
  7. 50
    Goldberg has her best role in a while, especially when she twitches and grunts her way into phony trances. Poor Demi, though, cries enough tears to drench a small drought-stricken state. [13 July 1990, Life, p.4D]
  8. In all his athletic scenes, leaping through doors, leaping between uptown and downtown trains, leaping on an assortment of villains, Swayze is just fine. It's the movie's big cosmic questions that throw him; for these he's reduced to a look of total stupefaction--not the movie's finest moments. [13 July 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
  9. The ghost is played by Patrick Swayze, who can't handle the part; his bereaved girlfriend, Demi Moore, is much better. [13 Aug 1990, p.30]
  10. There's something offensive about the movie's chintzy view of death and the way it periodically flirts with promising conceits (i.e., Goldberg offering her body as a surrogate so that Swayze and Moore can "touch" one another) only to back away from them in as cowardly a manner as possible.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    A beautiful movie with a touching story and an incredible cast. Whooping Goldberg made me laugh during this movie and she dilivered an awesomeA beautiful movie with a touching story and an incredible cast. Whooping Goldberg made me laugh during this movie and she dilivered an awesome performance. Patrick Swayze is my man crush. Full Review »
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    8
    Wrenches at every inch of the heart. Beautifully executed. Films like this don't come often enough and when they do, you most certainly knowWrenches at every inch of the heart. Beautifully executed. Films like this don't come often enough and when they do, you most certainly know it. Whoopi Goldberg at her finest. Full Review »
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    6
    Ghost does have a bumpy plot at times but Whoopi Goldberg's charming performance is the highlight of this film. The late Patrick Swayze andGhost does have a bumpy plot at times but Whoopi Goldberg's charming performance is the highlight of this film. The late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore also put on solid perfromances Full Review »