Ghosts of Girlfriends Past


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore steal from the best, gleefully cribbing from "A Christmas Carol" to fashion a screenplay with heart and sharp one-liners.
  2. The movie is cheesy, tacky, and gimmicky. But as directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), it's also prankish and inventive enough to be kind of fun.
  3. In terms of character, McConaughey is the toxin and Garner the antitoxin. It's not exactly chemistry, but as pharmacology it's effective.
  4. Despite my McConaughey resistance I got more guilty chuckles from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past than "Failure to Launch" or "Four Christmases."
  5. 63
    The season's first genuine guilty pleasure.
  6. 63
    Lacks the kind of forceful, attention-grabbing chemistry that elevates a movie in this genre from a passable diversion to a lasting source of entertainment.
  7. Ghosts finishes well, and the familiar McConaughey heel-grows-a-heart story arc is engaging.
  8. An amusingly sentimental whiff of a romantic comedy.
  9. 60
    Likely to exceed expectations.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Ghosts is better-than-average McConaughey swill, but not by much - that's its pleasure and its curse.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Ghosts can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a racy raunchfest or a sentimental celebration of soul mates. So it ends up being a sappy, sleazy hybrid.
  12. The dialogue is almost primitive at times, almost every female character is an idiot and McConaughey grossly overplays the bachelor-sleazeball antics at the beginning.
  13. Has some laughs - more than a few thanks to Michael Douglas as a dead swinger (the movie's Jacob Marley) - and some moments of tenderness, too.
  14. It's the movie equivalent of fast food -- nobody needs this to be good, just adequate. And Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is nothing if not thoroughly adequate.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mostly clunky and vaguely unsavory.
  16. 50
    It's not particularly funny to hear women described and valued exclusively in terms of their function as disposable sexual partners. A lot of Connor's dialogue is just plain sadistic and qualifies him as that part of an ass it shares with a doughnut.
  17. 50
    At least Douglas has a good time bringing the smarminess that McConaughey so studiously avoids.
  18. The movie clumps through one witless if not wince-evoking sequence after another without the relief of laughter.
  19. I guarantee you, if Charles Dickens were alive today, he might well be writing movies but he sure as shootin' wouldn't have written "Ghosts."
  20. Ghosts indeed: This romantic comedy by name alone attempts to make funny – not to mention culturally relevant – the kind of swinging-dick misogyny that went out of fashion years ago.
  21. 25
    Never comes as close as spitting distance to a laugh.
  22. Isn't just ordinarily lame, it easily exceeds any normal requirements for witless sleaze.
  23. 25
    We don't needlessly hate on the romantic comedies, but this one takes the corniness and predictability of the genre to a whole new level.
  24. A bizarre conflation of chick flick and "A Christmas Carol."
  25. Douglas is the only one who looks like he's actually having fun with the dim-witted script.
  26. A junky-looking romantic comedy that’s neither remotely romantic nor passably comic.
  27. 10
    The relentless vulgarities in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past would be almost tolerable if they were amusing, but Mark Waters's direction is so tentative that the film's single laugh happens more than an hour in.
  28. 0
    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past displays nary a wisp of life, let alone an afterlife.
  29. Above all, it will make you long for a day when studio movies about relationships feel like they are by and for adults who have actually been in one.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Shells
    May 24, 2009
    Its a chick flick don't have too many expectations.
  2. Nov 16, 2011
    Considering this was a "chick flick" I actually enjoyed it. Its based on an idea similar to 'A Christmas Carol". I actually decided toConsidering this was a "chick flick" I actually enjoyed it. Its based on an idea similar to 'A Christmas Carol". I actually decided to purchase it after I had viewed the trailer on another film I purchased.

    I'm a big fan of films with a ghost type theme anyway, so thought I would give this one a go, although I'm not normally a fan of chick flicks, I found the story to be enjoyable.
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  3. malop
    Oct 17, 2009
    They make a really nice couple, i enjoyed the movie and i would also recommend it.. even though it is a copy of a Christmas movie i think.