Blithe Spirit

critic Reviews

, 27% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • An indifferent adaptation of classic source material, Blithe Spirit puts a star-studded cast through the motions without capturing the story's screwball spark.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasABC Radio (Australia)
    Leaving aside one's devotion to the previous versions of Blithe Spirit, this latest version is well cast, upbeat and a bit of a rainbow in a time marked so heavily by unwavering rain clouds.
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    Brad NewsomeSydney Morning Herald
    Spirited performances and wonderful costume design stand little chance against script and direction that smother sparks beneath slapstick and treacle.
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    Kate ErblandindieWire
    At just 95 minutes, the film's relatively short running time still feels stretched to the limits. A decided lack of dizzy, silly, fizzy screwball fun beyond a few scattered moments doesn't help matters.
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    Kristy PuchkoPajiba
    Blithe Spirit is a jaw-dropping misfire.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Director Edward Hall and writers Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft have taken Coward's premise and pumped extra sugar into it, as well as some unnecessary preservatives.
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    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    Unfortunately, Coward is nowhere in sight in this new adaptation.
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    Grant WatsonFiction Machine
    If there is a single sentence that encapsulates this whole film, it is this: Blithe Spirit simply is not remotely funny.
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    Peter GrayThe AU Review
    The charisma and comedic flare we'd expect is missing in action, with the film failing to recover from its flat prologue.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    There are some movies that are so bad that they're entertaining, and there are some movies that are so bad that they're boring. Unfortunately, this Blithe Spirit remake falls into the latter category.
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    Wendy ShreveFeaturing Film
    No matter the medium, the raconteur's sharp dialogue often amuses. Too bad that the overall effect, in this movie, drops precipitously in time.
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