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Ghost Town

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

David Koepp

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Plot Summary

In the comedy "Ghost Town," Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly and but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni). That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle, with spirited results.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In spite of its length the film feels foreshortened, as if every vignette or incident, every character encountered for a few moments, contained the germ of an unwritten novel. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: I do not expect to soon find scenes to match Ghost Town's mountaintop funeral, the running along after a rowdy exorcism, or the scanning of faces at the town Christmas chorale. His back to prosperity, Dayong finds hallowed ground. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: How does a massive, uneasily modernizing nation feeds its people? That question, in all its facets, is the river running through Ghost Town, and the waters are rarely clear. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town paints a haunting trifurcated portrait of people set adrift by forced large-scale economic and cultural transformations. – Nick Schager, Slant Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I am sad that this movie has had so little/ineffective publicity. My friend got this movie and I thought it was going to be another gruesome horror flick by the title, however, I was delighted to find such a touching comedy. It is rare to find a movie with adequate character development. Ghost Town delivers. I am borderline obsessed with this film, perhaps because I can identify with the main character so well. I can watch this movie over and over again. The soundtrack for Ghost Town is excellent. I have no doubt that if it were released as a compilation (it's nowhere to be found on iTunes, Amazonmp3, or in hard copy) it would be on iTunes' top 10 albums. This movie will not provide cheap laughs like Monty Python, however, it will require the intent viewer to use the full range of his or her emotions, leaving the viewer inspired and satisfied.


This movie was great! It had everything you want in a movie. Genuinely funny, little bit of drama, a little bit of a message. Definitely worth the watch.

Simply the best

This is one movie that I put on my top movie list of 2008. It is one of those gems that no one really hears about but when watched turns out to be a really loveable film. Staring Ricky Gervais (the funniest man alive), Greg Kinnear, and Téa Leoni. It is a romantic comedy with emphasis on the comedy. Now now do not write this off just because it has romantic in its genre. The story is soooo good and did I mention that this movie is hilarious.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2008

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