Blithe Spirit

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, 28% 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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    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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    Caroline SiedeAV Club
    If drawing room farce ever comes back in style, [Dan Stevens] should become Hollywood's go-to leading man for them. But Blithe Spirit hardly makes the case that this particular concoction should return to menus anytime soon.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    Try the 1945 film version starring Rex Harrison. That movie, which holds up splendidly, explains everything that's wrong with this one, directed by Edward Hall.
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    Dominic GriffinSpectrum Culture
    This will work for anyone who pays for a subscription to Brit Box and few others, but hey, at least it looks pretty.
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    Asher LubertoThe Playlist
    Blithe Spirit whipsaws between slapstick material with a particular focus on invisible objects, and hoary jokes about erectile dysfunction that are neither frisky nor funny. They just sort of hang in the air like bad spirits.
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    Sean CollierBox Office Prophets
    There's a lot in the pot ... including some good flavors. This is not, however, a dish that fully comes together.
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    Dated and unfunny.
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