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7,433 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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Because the relatively low-budget teen comedy is one of Hollywood’s few viable genres, it has permitted some of the best commercial movies of the past few years, including Rushmore, Election, and Dick. Anything but insubstantial, Ghost World belongs with these—it’s smart enough to recognize that, as fleeting as adolescence may be, the world is haunted by the post-adolescent walking wounded. There’s an admirable absence of closure.
July 17, 2001
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A tale of teen angst that manages to be artfully stark and uproariously funny at the same time.
July 05, 2001

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