Ghost Town Reviews

  • Ghost Town is diverting enough, but it's also the kind of high-concept studio concoction Ricky Gervais might have ridiculed in his great backstage-showbiz sitcom Extras.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The sharp comic timing and the offbeat chemistry of Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and TA (C)a Leoni keep Ghost Town afloat.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Ricky Gervais has carried off a proper, big Hollywood film; he may not be a natural, but he's done it without any hesitation or cultural cringe or apologetic foregrounding of his Britishness. He's cracked it.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Sure, it's a light comedy, but it effectively achieves what it sets out to do: amuse us and tug on our heartstrings. And best of all, it's written, directed and acted with intelligence and wit.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The best part of the movie is watching Gervais and Leoni delight in each other in scenes that burst with spontaneity and genuine warmth.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Someone once said about W.C. Fields that he had the rare ability to despise amusingly. I can imagine no greater compliment than to say that Ricky Gervais seems, at his best, like a young Fields.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • It takes a good while for Ricky Gervais to warm up in Ghost Town; it takes even longer for the audience to warm up to Ricky Gervais.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Leave it to the unfailingly brilliant Gervais to breathe new life into an expiring genre.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • It's enlivened by the performance of Ricky Gervais as Bertram Pincus, a latter-day Scrooge for whom the living are no less annoying than the dead.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • With lesser talent in front of the camera or a heavier hand behind it, the film might have crashed with a thud.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • As Ghost Town reminds us, there's nothing wrong with formula filmmaking - as long as it's done with smarts and style. Indeed, formulaic doesn't have to be shorthand for lazy, obvious and uninspired.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • It's not just that Gervais isn't your typical leading guy. He's not, and bravo. It's more that Koepp and Gervais hold tight to Bertram's unpleasantness and human clumsiness after most other films would have winked at their intentions.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Who knew that Ricky Gervais could play such a likable leading man?

    Sara Cardace — New York Magazine

  • Gervais, a British actor whose work on television is legion, has at last found a leading role in a feature, and it's a good one.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In this comedy by David Koepp, Gervais handles the big, crowd-pleasing gags with aplomb, though the only scenes that approach the edgy wit of his TV work are those he shares with fellow improvisers Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Wiig.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Ostensibly a comedy, but one in which the (normally) brilliantly funny Ricky Gervais is more dull than he is droll, Ghost Town takes a familiar formula and goes nowhere with it.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It makes good on the cliche 'it'll make you laugh; it'll make you cry' by providing clever comedy and stock sentimentality without feeling tired.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A friendly little piffle of a movie, Ghost Town nevertheless serves as a fine and funny introduction to Ricky Gervais for American audiences.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Ricky Gervais is a genius.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • (Ghost Town movie review at Variety)

    Dean Essner — Variety

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