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Ghost Town

In this supernatural romantic comedy, Ricky Gervais (of BBC's version of <em>The Office</em>)<em> </em>plays a misanthropic dentist who couldn&rsquo;t be more annoyed that a near-death experience has left him seeing d

Ghost TownDirected by David Koepp(PG-13) A dentist sees dead people.

*** Ghost Town is The Sixth Sense played for laughs, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. In this supernatural romantic comedy, Ricky Gervais plays a misanthropic dentist who couldn’t be more annoyed that a near-death experience has left him seeing dead people. He gets over it, however, after falling for the widow (Téa Leoni) of one of the most persistent ghosts (Greg Kinnear). The film’s basic plot is “deadened by contrivance,” but the sprightly performances ensure you hardly notice. Gervais and Leoni keep the picture “breathing and alive,” said Stephanie Zacharek in Salon.com. This odd couple is “wonderful together, as much for the ways they wobble against each other as for the ways they ultimately mesh.” But too often their romance seems “rushed and arbitrary,” said S. James Snyder in The New York Sun. Writer-director David Koepp should have concentrated on comedy and skipped the romance. Gervais, whose “ingenious” comic talents found an ideal showcase on the original, BBC version of The Office, is a convincing curmudgeon. He needed a better script to become a leading man.

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