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Ghost World

1 h 47 min2001X-Ray15
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
Terry Zwigoff
Thora BirchScarlett JohanssonSteve Buscemi
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Russell Smith
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4.4 out of 5 stars

368 global ratings

  1. 65% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Andrew RussellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enid is a ghost
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... Meaning she's lost and doesn't know what to do or where to go, except escape.
I saw this movie when it was released - seems like a hundred years ago now, just before the internet became dominant in our lives, just before smart phones and yes, just before 9/11. Today I was feeling depressed and just generally sick of everyone and everything (sound familiar?) and I just needed to see this again. (It helped.)
... I have to get the bus out of town now.
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Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
What Do I Get?
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Excellent teenage angst movie is gently depressing without going OTT. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson play two misfit girls just out of high school - except one of them really is a misfit! Thora Birch in what is, I am afraid to say, her defining role, is uncomfortable in almost any situation, but takes it all as it comes until she finally takes the 'Mystery Bus' out of town. Did she ever get to art school? Who knows, but Ileana Douglas was great as the wacko art teacher. I think everybody had one of them - I know I did.
A great film, but not for everybody.
DJRangoonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ghost World
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Quirky indie type moving about teenage girls growing up. Great performance by Thora Birch who plays Enid who does not quite fit in the hum-drum town. She likes to be different and like's things/people who are different, soon not judging a book by its cover, begins a friendship with an older man. She soon out grows her friendship with Rebecca (shallow, spiteful). Enid develops a distrust of social acceptability and longs to leave the dreary town. Bit of a sad ending - not sure if she commits suicide? - which would be a shame, as Enid has a lot to offer.
Peter CarterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent artistic statement
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A brilliant artistic statement with a lot to say about growing up that never quite reaches its full potential. The feeling was that there was a transition intended here that never quite occured but was only ever hinted at. Perhaps this was a sign of a time when censorship of truly daring art was flying under the radar but throughout the film we get a sense that Enid is a girl who never quite understood what she needed, or where she was trying to go. While that's a valid artistic expression in a sense, and perhaps predictive of Thora Birch's lacklustre career since, to my mind it doesn't have quite enough of the redemptive and transitional in its arc and thus never reaches a sense of necessary 'arriving' we sense it was always looking to achieve.
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Grey WolfReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky amazing film
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This film is a quirky, yet amazing film, following two recent high-school graduates as they face the real world after school. Thora Birch's Enid becomes involved with an apparently geeky Steve Buscemi, in what we are never quite sure whether it is a romance or a friendship. Many of the takes and situations have that combination of amusing and cringeworthy, but work very well in the narrative setting.
jotedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 July 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't get it
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I do remember watching this film late at night on a Friday, maybe when I was closer to the age of the main characters, and enjoying the excitement of that time of life and what they did with it. But I recently sat down to watch this film on a recommendation and it is dreadful, unless you can relate to the characters I don't think there's much in it for the viewer.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film Shame I missed it First Time Round
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Myself and my partner have quite different tastes in movies but this one brought us together in laughs, a nd cringing and pretty much the things that makes a great and entertaining movie.
The movie itself is very simple but it has such a human quality that you can't help but enjoy it.
Quinn AgathoniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Excellent acting from Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi in particular. Unfortunately, I found the ending slightly disappointing. Distinctly average writing and directing, redeemed by a marvellous soundtrack and some wonderful cameo performances.
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