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6,808 Ratings

Ghost World

Directed by Terry Zwigoff
United States, United Kingdom, 2001
Comedy, Drama


Based on 1997 graphic novel of the same name by cult illustrator Daniel Clowes, two quirky, offbeat teenage girls who have just graduated high school respond to a personal ad in the newspaper as a prank, meeting a lonely, middle-aged record collector.

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Ghost World Directed by Terry Zwigoff

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Independent Spirit Awards

2002 | 2 wins including: Best First Screenplay

2002 | Nominee: Best First Feature

2001 | Best First Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2001 | Winner: Best Supporting Performance

2001 | 3rd place: Best Film

We’re predisposed to love some films because they speak to our sensibilities—they wear our hearts (or our discontents) on their sleeves. Others catch us unawares in a whirlwind of surprise and glee. Clear-cut yet fabulously mutable, Ghost World did both things, fulfilling many high hopes and expectations while at least half its pleasure lies in the craggy, melancholy detours Terry Zwigoff takes getting us there—adding unexpected twists to already twisted material.
June 06, 2017
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The Clowes collaborations are consistent in tone but uneven in quality; Ghost World—a post-high-school coming-of-age tale based on Clowes’s graphic novel of the same title, featuring two female misfits growing apart in an unnamed, Sacramento-like city—is the far more effective and affecting movie.
May 26, 2017
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Mark Asch once wrote phenomenally about Hou Hsiao-hsien’s work that, “These are movies to live your whole life with.” The same could be said about Ghost World, which offers not so much narrative as it does a portrait of a shared moment of lostness, the kind of which many (perhaps all of us) pass through and to which memory often returns.
May 17, 2017
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