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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's a way to love City of Ghosts, and that's to watch it not as a story that should add up to something, but as a series of little episodes with their own specialness and integrity. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Entertaining when it's really lurid, and Gerard Depardieu is something to behold as the proprietor of a broken-down hotel. He's a spectacular ruin in his own right. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An exotic throwback to the kind of movies that John Huston used to make, where on-the-lam expatriates, tubby guys with tinny accents, and sinister locals convene in a ramshackle but seductive foreign burg -- and corruption, conflict and come-ons from a sultry female or two ensue. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The hand-held camera is much too insinuating for what is essentially a story we have seen many times before. And the cuts and transitions are dizzyingly abrupt. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Between the Caan and Dillon characters there are atmosphere, desperation and romance, and, at the end, something approaching true pathos. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    In some ways it's not a film that surprises us much. But it's a notable directorial debut anyway -- smartly written, very well cast and skillfully done. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film has plenty of shortcomings, but it's fun to see Caan back in action. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A Southeast Asian thriller that positively reeks of atmosphere - but is woefully lacking in narrative credibility or character development. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It's an actor's film, all right -- peppered with rich supporting performances but unconvincing in the telling. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If you feel you might already have seen City of Ghosts, but can't quite place it, you'd be forgiven. Hollywood, never afraid of working a cliché to death, has turned out dozens of "City of . . ." films over the years. show more

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