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  • Summary: Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder - and to rescue his sweetheart (Moore) from a similar fate. (Paramount Pictures)
  • Director: Jerry Zucker
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 127 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. A wonderful movie, sincere and inspired, with four terrific performances and a story that doesn't let up. The picture has the gentle, nourishing quality of a fairy tale that you want to believe, and the unsoftened impact of gut-level entertainment. [13 July 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Caroline Westbrook
    80
    It’s soppy and sentimental, and it’s no longer possible to take the famous pottery sequence seriously, but some neat special effects and a healthy dose of humour prevent it from becoming mawkish.
  3. 63
    One of the irritations of Ghost is that the Moore character is such a slow study.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    An odd creation - at times nearly smothering in arty somberness, at others veering into good, wacky fun.
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    A bad movie that a lot of people will like... Though director Jerry Zucker wants his necrophiliac romance to be sensitive, he pumps up its feelings fortissimo so the dimmest viewer will get the point. [16 July 1990, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  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 awesome performance. Patrick Swayze is my man crush. Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    One of my favourite dramatic thrillers with a supernatural twist and solid acting.
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  3. Aug 18, 2014
    10
    Ghost is a terrific supernatural romantic drama with brilliant performances from Demi Moore and Patrick
    Swayze. The acting is great, the
    story is involving and the effects are also fantastic. Ghost is one
    of the best thrillers of all time.
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  4. 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 know it. Whoopi Goldberg at her finest. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2013
    7
    What we have in 'Ghost" is a film with many brilliant performances, an interesting, intriguing but often bumpy plot which is often full of unexplained queries and questionable motives, and a romantic burst so powerful and heavy that it has all the makings of a tragic fairytale. Tragic being the most important word here, as Patrick Swayze plays a Sam Wheat, a handsome man with a handsome bank job and a beautiful girlfriend, Molly (Demi Moore). Sam gets shot while out one night with Molly after trying to protect her from a crazed mugger, but Sam succumbs to injury, setting up the rest of the film as Sam attempts to discover why he is still on earth.
    Seeking out the help of the reluctant Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), an apparent psychic, and con artist, can here Sam speaking to her. But as we learn more about these characters, particularly Sam's best friend, Karl (Tony Goldwyn), its clear that the death of this man was no accident, something I personally feel took a lot of heart out of the film and turned into an attempted thriller which it didn't need to be. But as the story unfolds, Sam is looking for various ways to convince a grieving Molly that he still around and that she is in danger. The performances are stellar from all four leading characters, but it has to be the hilarious but focused performance of Whoopi Goldberg that needs particular attention. The way she commands the screen and interacts with the other leads is an honour to watch, showing various sides of the character she is portraying several ways and all in the one film is remarkable.
    In terms of the story, the dialogue leading up to the tragic event seems to give away what is going to happen anyway if you listen closely, remarking several times about long lives other such things. Also, the appearance of what can only be angels from above and shadows coming from the ground is never really explained, we know the purpose of them, but a more in-depth explanation wouldn't have hurt, especially after the events of the film unfold, it ends up turning into a murder mystery which does become a hindrance on the romantic side of the film, which can't be ignored, there are some truly touching scenes in the film, with Moore and Swayze sharing a believable and heartfelt chemistry.
    There are many reasons to see this film, more so for the love story being told, but there are other plot developments going on that do hinder what could have been a more fluid and simple story.
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  6. Feb 15, 2014
    6
    Ghost, especially the clay scene, is painfully cheesy. But the feel of the whole movie and the way it plays out is inspiring, even if the setup has been done a hundred times before. Expand
  7. 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 and Demi Moore also put on solid perfromances Expand

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