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Ghost Ship Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    That creaking noise you hear in Ghost Ship is the rattling of countless plot skeletons that have sunk before.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    About as frightening as Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Is the film worth seeing? Depends. It breaks no new ground as horror movies go, but it does introduce an intriguing location, and it's well made technically. It's better than you expect but not as good as you hope.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Loren King

    An adequate horror movie for the Halloween season, but it too easily sinks into haunted-house-film conventions, even if the haunted house is decked out as an Italian luxury liner.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Do not board Ghost Ship.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent. There are numerous scenes of passengers being shot and killed. Members of the salvage crew are picked off one by one. Scary ghosts, including a ghost-girl named Katie, permeate the film. Members of the salvage crew drink, swear, and are easily swayed by potential wealth.

  • Families can talk about the ideas of greed and honor depicted in this movie. At what point does the crew's greed become problematic? Why does Epps refuse to leave behind her crewmates and defend Murphy even after he attacked her? Families may want to discuss the filmmaker's decision to cast a woman in a role that is traditionally assigned to men.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bad behavior all around.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Shooting, poisoning, explosions, and other graphic death scenes that include a woman being attacked and a cable slicing a large group of people in half.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Implied sex or sexually suggestive material. A man is lured to his death by a smoldering topless ghost.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking,