Gervais Gives Ghost Town Life

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 9:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – A spirited performance from Ricky Gervais banishes the spectre of mediocrity from supernatural romantic comedy Ghost Town, critics say. The story of a dentist who starts seeing dead people is a touch generic, Bill Goodykoontz writes in the Arizona Republic, but Gervais—the UK creator of the original Office—shines through "with a sense of humor that makes him immensely likable."

Ghost Town's "refreshingly adult tone, dotted with intimations of mortality" provides a "delightful antidote to the comedic excesses of the season," John Anderson writes in Newsday. A cliche or two too many means "some of the moving parts squeak, especially toward the end," writes Eugene Novikov in Film Blather. "But it's still a pleasure."