A Ghost Story (2017) - Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: David Lowery
Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Length: 92 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 279 out of 569 found boring (49.03%)

One-line Reviews (632)

It's attempt at art resulted only in scene after scene that was too long and boring.

The most boring film in the world!

Worst movie EVER.

Slow and Hypnotising .

Also, even, if as the fake and/or pretentious reviewers say, this is a movie for those who "appreciate art" and can immerse themselves in "feelings"; there is no way they all just happened to conglomerate here, for this movie in order to overbalance the real reviews which tell you quite clearly, this movie is terrible.

unbelievably boring .

This film was a complete waste of time and money.

The man lost his life and stays where he wanted to stay, he never wanted to leave the house.

This is an empty and pretentious movie where nothing at all happens.

Around the mid-way point Mara mostly exits the picture, as we instead focus solely on Affleck's bedsheet clad ghost and the film takes turns into unexpected areas that don't always work.

I liked the pie scene in particular, it's a slow burner where you can see Mara's characters emotions building up as she starts to eat more and more aggressively until she ends up being sick, all the while our poor ghostly character watches over her.

It is slow, too slow, from beginning to end.

Slow burn in more ways than just the unfolding of the narrative.

So happy I was able to fast forward during the slow redundant theme....

I watched it on 2x speed most of the time, and yet it seemed slower than any movie i've ever seen.

Through the sudden shoulder turns and slow waking brings the moving spirit alive.

Boring, frustrating, silly, and aggravating.

Very boring .

It is a film that explores the dreadfulness of loss and the loneliness of being left behind, the banality and hopelessness of time passing and not being able to do anything about it, all from the dead's perspective.

Painfully slow .

The reason I don't like this movie is because of how slow it is, the pie scene for example, it was six long minutes of a women eating a pie.

A waste of time .

Extremely fascinating, and well made.

It is slow, boring, artsy and at times pretentious.

That kinds are the source of boredom.

An absolutely fascinating premise.

Like watching paint dry .

Boring .

For the many who will watch it and think "what the hell was that dull, dreary nonsense all about?

Unbelievable waste of time .

trying to be weighty and deep, but it came across as forced and pretentious.

Also the tediousness and impotence of being stuck in a place without knowing really why yourself.

A Ghost Bore-y.

Because it was worse than watching paint dry because in the end the paint no longer stinks...

Nothing happened, I felt nothing and got nothing from it.

This is a bore-fest.

Very slow at first .

The word pretentious gets thrown around all the time and in reailty, I feel like hardly any people will actually know how to use the word let alone recognize it in a film.

Andrew Droz Palermo's cinematography is additionally very evocative, adding much grey shade and ghostly life to the film.

Allow this movie to hold your hand through its silences and bring you into a new perspective of our world and how it deals with life and death and the mundane and grief and parties - time.

Most of the positive reviews I read before hand must have been written by boring, lacking of life experience, pseudo intellectuals who love the sound of their own voice and find reviewing a platform.

Waste of everything, including my time to write these lines, but I do it as a warning for those who fall under the pretentious recommendations of "artsy" chronicles.

A Ghost Story begins as mundane as any other film about a couple - the couple, Casey Affleck as C and Rooney Mara as M, lounge around the house going about their daily routines as two adults.

So when I say that this movie was boring, I am not doing boring justice.

The thing about these factors is that the film uses them to give the message about loss/dying to the audience, but the fascinating thing about these factors is that the film doesn't heavily rely on one specific factor to fully deliver the message to the audience, because the film fully delivers the message on its own using all of these factors without relying on just one specific factor.

It was too slow and depressing.

The most pointless movie I have ever seen .

The other ghost next door also added a lot and that we see two ghosts together was a bit predictable at times.

Nothing fancy, not too long, a bit poetic, pretentious but not overly so, but also very empty.

I'll start off by admitting that I put this film on whilst in bed fully expecting to fall asleep.

Awful, Tedious Waste of Time....

It's stultifyingly boring and pretentious.

Go and watch paint dry instead as a better use of your time.

I recommend watching paint dry as it is more entertaining

Actually, it was probably my fault because every film with Casey Affleck has been boring.

it's slow.

This film had potential to be a unique, one-of-a-kind testament to the human spirit, but instead delivers a cheap, boring tale about nothing.

It was meditative in a way but also extremely slow moving for its short running time.

Just a bunch of pointless time travelling and loose ends in which the viewer is supposed to make up some kind of "meaning".

Confusing and Slow .

I was worried it was going to be pretentious goop.

Its a very beautiful movie that explores themes of what it means to be human, the meaning if life etc. It is a bit of slow burn.

An intriguing and fairly new take on the ghost story--I adored the quirky winding sheet.

The mundane crawl of time is so devastating that the ghost C meets through the window has forgotten who it is waiting for.

The story reveals itself in the breathtaking scene where C is showing his song "I Get Overwhelmed" to M.

A good example of just such a scene is when Roony Mara tediously comes home and does some boring things such as sorting through mail and watering a plant and then proceeds to eat a pie for 7 minutes straight without anything else happening until she throws up.

This is perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen.

Is that all Lowery is really saying in this drawn out declaration of non-knowledge, that he has no idea what the reality is?

Nothing is worse when a film is trying to convey some philosophical notion and fails miserably, it makes it pretentious.

A fair warning to potential viewers, this is a slow movie, so be prepared for long, stable shots.

Overall it's far from perfect but it is worth watching.

The format and style of movie is excruciatingly slow - testing patience of audiences with long lingering scenes where nothing happens.

If you are going to see this at the cinema, bring a box of matches so you can keep your eyes pried open while you attempt to stay awake.

Cure for insomnia .

There's only one other film that I can remember watching that absolutely makes you wait for a pay-off similar to this; one where you're uncomfortable to the point of asking yourself if this is entertaining.

There are some long drawn out scenes that may test people who aren't fully invested' patience.

it's one of the worst movies i've ever watched .. Meaningless long shots and a very simple plot that could've been summarized in 4 words, and shown instead of the irrelative quote in the beginning .. "MEDITATING" for 90 minutes has more to offer than this movie .. THIS ISN'T DEEP !!

this movie should be lucky i rated it 1/10, i wish there was 0/10, seriously this is the worst movie i have seen this year.

Lord knows I did, but it was just boring.

I ended up bored to death and paying a fortune for the worst haircut I've ever had.

There is a thin line between being deliberately slow and just plain boring ...

It's so pretentious and boring.

Complete boring mess with barely any words spoken.

a stupid movie with no story at all .

"A Ghost Story" may be totally inaccessible, but it is still a film that focuses on themes of a universal nature, and does so in an elegant, artistic, emotional, and, most importantly, HUMANE manner that is philosophically troubling and evocative.

No message, no reason just - no point.

Worst movie i ever saw .

This movie was a total waste of time.

In all honesty it took me 3 attempts to get to the end as I found it that dull I fell asleep, and by the time I had watched it, I quickly realised why I kept falling asleep.

I was looking for something spooky, and this was just plain boring.

There is no plot, no dialogue, no characters driving the piece, it's just a straight up bore fest that only critics would love.

Being a Bitter Ghost is Sad and Boring .

so soooo slow, perhaps the slowest film I have ever watched, but I did watch it, because I was genuinely intrigued to know what was going to happen, the pie scene has been mentioned before, I cannot believe I sat watching someone eat a pie for all that time, also, what did she write?

They do get boring, and they do overstay their welcome.


Uninspiring and annoyingly tedious.

slow, incredibly slow .

I don't think the husband died in the crash, he was bored to death.

Like watching paint dry .

They created a mega - boring 90 minutes of long scenes about nothing.

This is actually the most intriguing aspect of the film, that ghosts may be with us at any time.

(1) It would've been more believable that the tiny house in the middle of nowhere became an apartment complex instead of some big financial firm surrounded by a city; (2) the time jump backwards was a little weird as well and then towards the end there's two ghosts and the ending was a little weird and confusing

They have just topped my list of most boring actors ever.

I'll start off by saying I have a pretty high tolerance for art-house, slow-moving films.

If you want to fell asleep, watch this movie.

It was an OK story-line, but painfully slow and boring in many parts.

Instead the budget is somewhat limited but sure doesn't look it, the narrative is simple and unconventional but emotionally and atmospherically rich and has two extremely compelling lead performances, and it shows the beauty of not trying to do too much and it registers much more than a lot of potentially overblown blockbusters.

The comic-book cliche of a white-sheeted spectre is probably the only dark chuckle you'll get - the film is relentlessly sombre and not overly interested in warmth.

Boredom comes up a lot.

It's slow and deliberate but the rich atmosphere, balance of emotions and compelling performances make it compelling.

And bored.

The least pretentious of all the pretentious films .

The length of these slow scenes did not add to the emotional ambience or impact--or even in the telling of the story at all, and hurt the film a great deal.

A Ghost Story offers some beautiful visuals in between long uninteresting scenes for a pretentious theme that gives no unique substance.


IN SUMMARY: an excruciatingly boring plot, which is stretched, so some scenes, which in any other film would only be a minute long, are seven times as long.

A party bore offers up a vacuous speech on the fragility and indeterminacy of existence that a literature undergrad would blush at, never mind a middle-aged man.

It shows the mundane aspects of life, grief, and technically death.

Watching paint dry is more exciting.

If you are planning to watch this movie: Be prepared to sit through extremely long and boring 'empathy' moments.

i found it unique and enjoyable.

Nothing happens.

Honestly it's one of the worst movies I ever saw in my life.

Having scenes that are way too long!

Absolutely nothing happens of significance over the remaining 50 minutes or so.

Don't waste your time.

I think I could have written a much better ghost movie than this giant bore.

This is a slow, dull, boring, pretentious and pointless movie with a very disappointing ending.

Just know that this movie is more focused on building an atmosphere and a feeling inside or you, than it is on telling an exciting fast paced story.

Overall it's a pretentious, boring and confusing experience.

poltergeists are the result of redirected intense emotional feelings and turmoil expressed/suppressed by the living beings in the home, usually those that are coming of age/entering puberty.

Waste of my life.

You will be struggling to continue watching, because it's one big dull bore!

This film is beautiful, thought-provoking and really quite entertaining.

The stuff with ghosty going forward in time, then backward in time was completely pointless and inexplicable.

many say "wasting time, boring scenes" and coupled with a scene where M ate on a floor that takes a while.

And all action shots, yes I know it sounds ridiculous when I say action shots, are way too long.

Tooooo Long The film is utter pointless.

I really enjoyed it the first time watching the movie, enjoying the quiet morose feel of it.

Really, boring with annoyingly long and nonsensical scenes...

Crazy boring and brilliant at the same time, if that makes any sense.

the boring life of ghosts .

Self indulgent with no thought for the audience .

Insufferable, self-indulgent crap.

I spent most of the movie just being agitated and really searching hard for something to like, but I would have to say this movie is a top contender for the worst movie I've ever seen.

Totaly a waste of time !

Some will consider boring but I like slow burning movies with emotion .

I'm a huge fan of indie movies and saving the big reveal for the end, but if over half of the movie is painfully boring, I can't call that a good movie.

We watched the whole movie even though I wanted to turn it off within 5 minutes.

Stay away from this complete waste of time.

While some label this as "boring" I think it was instrumental in the audience connecting with the timeline that the spirit world and the physical world alike share.

A dispassionate advice: let pass the first 15/30 minutes, absolutely boring, seemingly useless, confused ...

This movie is so boring.

The camera person focused on the wife and the so-called ghost for way too long.

The film is packed with many long takes and still cameras, giving way to a very slow paced film and leaning towards the interpective feel of the movie, allowing time to truly think over what's on screen and immersing the audience into its many themes.

And then fast forward to him sitting on the floor in his empty house.

A pretentious mess, in other words.

Protracted scenes where absolutely nothing happens, and if there was supposed to be some meaning to these ridiculously long scenes about nothing, then I guess I didn't get it.

It was beyond reasonable expectations for a movie to be both this pretentious and this annoying.

Scenes lingered way too long it was like photographs on the screen, which is probably the effect the director wanted.

It's boring throughout and you literally watch paint dry.

A good movie if you have insomnia.

This very drab and ponderously slow-paced film offers us philosophy...

Unbearable .

There were times though that I found Lowery slightly borderline pretentious.

But making a movie boring for artistic sake is getting old.

Nothing happens during the entire movie.

The story is intriguing and the trailer leaves you wanting more.

How its also a meditation about time and space and how we perceive our own existence would sound utterly pretentious.

However, there were a few overlong and pretentious sequences.

Boredom of the year .

However, in every production there is always some light, and here it comes in the haunting music by Daniel Hart, the captivating "evolution/destruction of man" monologue by houseguest (Will Oldham), and Lowery's ability (tedious as it was) to set the stage for mystery.

Total Waste of Time .

The themes they bring up and they're unique forms of storytelling can be highly intriguing.

The main content of conversation post-viewing was whether this scene or the pie-eating was more tedious.

I hated that guy and I hated his pretentious speech.

Casey Affleck nominally stars in this extraordinarily tedious series of set pieces.

The most godawful boring movie.

Don't waste your time on this snoozer.

Just some pretentious non-horror drama.


This film is unexpected to say the least.

Missed feeling bored?

Ungodly dull.

If you want entertaining existentialism, just watch Groundhog Day, that film never gets old and it has romance, comedy, and drama.

I cannot imagine a more painful and dull existence.

At the theatre I was in, 3 people walked out.

Its really an intriguing exploration of attachment and I truly enjoyed the superficial story presented.

We have 4.3 screen, we have slow eternal scenes with very little action.

One of the worst movies .

I really expected a decent movie considering that Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck were the principle actor/actress butt all that I got/we got/you'll get is a great big waste of time.

Who on earth thinks this is entertaining.

It is slow.

This is the more extreme example of "pretentious for the hell of it" I have ever seen.

waste of time ...

A Ghost Story is slow.

I found it to be extremely fascinating, and well made.

Most of the time I was bored about the movie and for the life of me do not know why I watched the whole thing.

It has been a while since I have seen something so boring and pointless.

Boring, pointless, and I can't believe anyone thought this pathetic drivel was worthwhile.

Looks bored and useless to me in his big old sheet, barely portrays any pain or longing.

far too slow in many scenes nearly sent me to sleep ...

One of the worst movies I've ever seen .

Why waste your time with this movie .

I got the point quite quickly and then it just dragged and dragged and dragged.

This movie contains mostly fillers to take up the time in this pointless dull film.

" Rooney Mara plays the young widow (with a penchant for eating an entire pie), and Casey Affleck, fresh from his Oscar winning role in last year's "Manchester by the Sea", plays the ghost, and this minimalist short feature, with little dialogue and even less physical action, manages to move viewers in ways that are totally unexpected.

But ultimately your still left as empty as the first half, the lack of script and the lack of subtitles for everything Casey Affleck says.

Every scene is stretched out, the camera fixed on a wall for 6-7 minutes where nothing happens.

No word of a lie, I literally fell asleep on accident, took a short nap, woke up and this girl was still eating pie.

Firstly, I just want to say that I found this movie visually stunning.

It is a life-story of a spirit that travels through time waiting for LOVEIt is a disappointment for hard-core horror movie fans and a boring movie for those who expect chills because of the title "A Ghost Story""A Ghost Story" is a totally different take on the genre of ghost movies.

But, I wouldnt say that the film was completely predictable.

90 minutes watching a ghost (literally a person with a sheet over his head) watch the mundane day to day life of the occupants of a particular area.

Incredibly Overrated and Boring .

The story line was a little bit boring and at the end you could understand that a the only guy who made this voices was the ghost of the man himself who trapped in the house for maybe more than 100 years.

A 3 minute take of Mara and Affleck in bed was too slow for its own good.

I find the first act kinda boring.

My eyes were closing and I thought I fell asleep.

This film has a very simple and yet very thought-provoking premise and it tells it's story it in a way that is easily seen as pretentious and boring.

An absolute dozer .

'A Ghost Story' is simply an empty movie full of blank scenes with no dialogue or action that makes you think that the filmmakers just forgot that the camera was rolling and just left.

Ripping off a boring dull craptist like Andrei Barfofsky .

All takes are filmed way too long.

No plot.

save your money, if you think you have to see it, wait for a rental.

Even more boring than that Scarlet Johanson movie where she's an alien and lures men underwater or whatever the f#*!

) a slow developing and thoughtful existential take on hauntings.

The way this director held every single scene for so long , like watching her eating a whole pie is more than boring the viewer .

This one will make you feel like you yourself just died from boredom.

It was a boring start.

}During the long, _long_ scenes where NOTHING happens, we began suggesting that Casey Affleck probably had a stand-in for this "art film" since he was covered in a sheet 95% of the time.

This movie is incredibly boring and drags on forever.

Nowhere does it claim to be exciting, or dialogue driven or anything else.

This is pointless with a great score.

It bore me to death watching characters going through normal human situations without bringing anything new to the scene.

Deeply thematic, but borderline pretentious.

This is a god awful movie, there is no story in it, the order of the scenes is messed up, and it doesn't make any sense.

Who in their right mind can honestly say they are happy to have paid to be bored to tears?

The movie moves at a weird pace, the beginning part to the death scene moving more rapidly and then the rest of the film kind of continuing on at a much slower pace.

I highly recommend watching if you love stunning cinematography and movies that make you think.

I can only guess what all the people who gave this movie 1's were expecting, maybe a marvel movie or a fast paced action thriller?

Very little dialogue, very little plot, and several scenes don't quite have the impact they should.

Pretentious, self indulgent crap .

I found myself stimulated, bored, confused, glum, and profoundly moved - that a movie can somehow conjure all these feelings during the course of one viewing is a true feat of experimental prowess.

Not because you're close-minded, but because of the fact that slow pacing isn't always the best tool for viewer engagement.

What I dislike more than some scenes being way too long (pie scene hehe) is the scene where this guy explains the whole philosophy and idea of the movie instead of having audiences take something personal away from it.

The next scene, the house is empty again, except for C's ghost.

Worst movie of the year .

How he dealt with showing time passing ever-so-painfully slow then jumping around.

Made quickly and cheaply shortly after post-production for Pete's Dragon had been completed and reuniting Lowery with his Ain't Them Bodies Saints stars, the slow and deliberate pace of A Ghost Story will likely put many viewers off, especially those seeking out a traditional spook tale.

A movie so uninteresting and dumb I had to watch Swayze and Moore's 'Ghost' TWICE just to get the boring out of my eyeballs .

While watching this film one word kept floating through my brain: pretentious.

Each scene is exquisitely composed - often agonisingly slow and the soundtrack is sublime.

Slow drifting cameras and locked off shots, there's a real subtlety and patience.

But yet, A Ghost Story is one of the most pretentious films i've ever seen.


But strip away the distractions and emotion to just witness the physical existence, and time is a tedious thing.

): Horrifyingly slow paced movie that in my opinion was quite good.

It's best you approach the movie knowing as little as possible- it's simplistic approach to cinematography and composition creates and environment that is equally evocative and thought provoking.

Some say it's pretentious .

It's worth watching.


Slow time .

Expect descriptions as disparate as: inexplicable, pretentious, boring, thought-provoking, and existential … whatever your reaction, you wouldn't be wrong.

This is like a bad pretentious student movie that wants you to figure it out while it does nothing and wants you to imagine a plot.


Don't waste your time.

From the review:In the moment, the scene is likely unbearable to many viewers.

But what a pretentious bore this was.

Literally, you get no back story and no ending, and even if you did, you have nothing to hold the two together besides scenes of total mundaneness and dull, boring, tediousness.

There are scenes that try so hard to be all indie and "unique," but they end up coming off as bloated and pretentious.

Don't waste your time.

If one is to be unkind, then yes, it's kinda dull and boring with little dialogue.


An Excellent waste of time.

Mind numbingly slow.


I would've rated this a 9 but the party scene where a guy monologues about science was utter crap and completely useless to the story and insanely cliche to have in a sci-fi type film.

Give it your thoughts afterwards and you will even understand the "boring" parts.

I'm terribly impatient but I still enjoyed it, so give it a go alright?

what a super waste of time, don't watch!!!!!!!!!!!!.

I struggled to stay awake, texted the entire time and missed nothing.

Each scene dragged out needlessly.

Pretentious, self indulgent, and unoriginal.

Nothing happened.

It's filled with a lot of silence, staring and long drawn out scenes.

Music was good, but the story was so dull, characters were dull, action was dull.

It was at this point were a few people decided they'd had enough, and walked out.

If you're going to have a slow burn make it good.

Most boring movie ever .

A clichéd, monotonous and boring 'scary' 'film' where you get the typical storyline of the person dying, them lurking around in their own house, them haunting other people who buy this house in the future and them basically stalking their loved ones.

Nothing happens, and I have to type five lines here to tell all to avoid this movie

In our modern age of CGI and action this film will be a bit lost on most people and from all the "boring" comments it seems like it was.

I have watched numerous "slow" movies and loved them to death.

However, the scenes dragged for way too long and there was nothing here that really cements it as a memorable film.

But if lack of action, dialogue or story bores you to tears, you'll probably hate this film.

Guy with sheet standing in the room while watching some boring stuff, let's film that for about the entire movie.

Slow as molasses .

This movie is gentle and funny at times and I really enjoyed it.

At one point I fell asleep because it was just that bad.

I'll be for real, I normally like slow moving art films.

Not everyone likes those types of films for, yet again, being too "pretentious.

I get the theme behind the movie, but found myself bored and looking for something else to do.

Over and over again I became bored with watching nothing.

Amazingly boring!

This whole film feels horribly self indulgent and pretentious.

If you've felt intense grief, you'll get it.

Most scenes are painfully slow and dull.

Some scenes are boringly long, I believe the pie eating scene was 5 minutes or even longer...

so many dragged out scenes.

The director also did a good job of setting an appropriate melancholy atmosphere, with a few unexpected jolts tossed in for a change of pace.

The story is told with long simple shots that hang there observing the character go about their mundane lives.

Don't waste your time on this rubbish.

It's so slow, a lot will probably think at times it's too slow, but it sells for me because it adds up to a haunting atmosphere and later to a feeling of grief.

On a sight like rotten tomatoes I always base my opinion on audience review NOT critics- that being said if you like slow, boring movies with little dialogue go for it...

So in summary this movie was painfully boring with nothing of significance happening in its 90 min run time.

But be warned, drink coffee first or you may fall asleep.


Expect a very slow burning film and be patient with it.

If however you give it a chance it is actually a quite stunning piece of work.

Did they really know This was what they were signing up for or were they strung along by this director's deluded self-indulgent message as well?

After an unexpected and tragic event, C (Casey Affleck) awakes at a hospital in a long white sheet with two holes for his eyes.

7/10 a hypnotizing, slow film.

At the least it will solidify fantasies you may have had about observing from afar loved ones after your death; at its worst, it could be silly and boring.

Pretentious: attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.

Honestly, what's most compelling about A Ghost Story is everything surrounding this little MacGuffin.

As to the longevity of this part, other reviewers have articulated that well enough, personally once I'd progressed through various stages of anticipation and then boredom I ended up dwelling over her poor eating technique and the damage she may be doing to the non-stick lining of the tin, especially as it wasn't even hers to begin with.

The way Lowery expands on the relationship between man and his surroundings and man and woman is breathtaking and just left me totally overcome with emotion towards the end of the film.

Overall, A Ghost Story is a really heart-felt, compelling story, that seems to teach you about time, loss, love, and devastation in one.

In the moment, the scene is likely unbearable to many viewers.

very pretentious .

Don't waste your time with this nonsense.

'A Ghost Story (2017)' takes a while to digest but even after some reflection still feels like a pretty pointless affair, purporting to be profound when in reality it occasionally seems somewhat pretentious, and it was honestly one of the most boring cinematic experiences of the year for two-thirds of its run-time, with an excruciatingly slow pace that extends itself to two individual sequences that almost provoked pain due to their incessant length (the pie eating scene being the worst offender.

A pretentious bore sorely in need of a good editor to make into a 20-minute short.

But fair warning: if you bore easily this movie will feel like a waste of your time.

What a total waste of time .

A cure for insomnia .

So Boring .

It's Worth Watching.

Laughable, Complete Waste of Time .

It feels horribly narcissistic and pretentious to expect an audience to sit through this unceasing indulgence.

Like when he's STILL in the house, STILL wearing the bed sheet, while a bull dozer is crashing into his house, long vacant and in major disrepair after he made the previous owners, a Spanish family leave after he did the usual freaky ghost stuff- hurling their dishes and cups towards them while they're eating their dinner.

Emotionless Affleck with nice abs dies Emotionless Affleck ghost rises covered in morgue sheet with two holes Sniffling widow Mara cry masturbates with a pie Affleck throws plates and scares the Christmas out of some poor Latinos Rambling diarrhea hillbilly bores a party Mara sticks a note in a wall and it says...

It did feel a little slow in the beginning and that is why I am taking couple of stars off.

Slow with interesting bits as you go - like life .

A lot there thematically, but can be inconsistent and VERY slow.

2017's A Ghost Story is a relatively short film at 90 minutes, but the pacing is slow - sometimes excruciatingly so.

To be honest after a certain point I was so bored that I just stopped paying that much attention.

You see this movie is duller than watching paint dry, did somebody actually put up the funds, boy they must be spitting nails.

It's 30% Deeply Moving and 70% Deeply Boring .

What a complete waste of time.

Slower than a snail .

Steer as clear from this waste of time film.

Boring and achingly slow storyline

It was so bad we were giggling and cracking jokes during it (we were in an empty theatre that night—unaware of what audiences may have already known).

This is a slow movie, and I mean s l o w.

This film is extremely slow with very little dialogue.

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I watched this ponderous mess based on the 7.7 rating on IMDb.

Scenes overly drawn out to make a point.

Sometimes, Lowery crosses that line and the movie might become briefly boring for some people.

The pie scene is nearly unbearable.

I try to give slow movies a chance because they occasionally turn into something watchable.

This was bitterly disappointing and a complete waste of my time and I can forgive much if I feel there is an honest and earnest attempt being made.

really worth watching, if you can change your taste for popcorn disposable movies.

It was tedious viewing that frustrated both of us with its lack of continuity, long pauses and incoherent story.

It is beautifully filmed, exquisitely so, but it is scant compensation for the trite storytelling.

It is so slow that I watched it at three times the speed and still thought it was far too slow.

A waste of time.

The ghost cannot communicate verbally and yet somehow I felt their pain through the limp and slow movement which made the whole film melancholic.

Someone else used the word 'pretentious' when describing this film.

slow burn that works.

The positive: If you want to fall asleep Ghost Story is a wonderfully assistive device.

Pretentious Drivel .

I personally like those things but it kinda bugged me that it was that slow paced though i understand why it is that way.

Totally waste of Time.

Don't rent, purchase or buy this, it is a complete waste of time.


I watched as hoping there would be something at the and, but nothing happened.

The movie was very pretentious, especially the party scene when the gentleman was talking about Beethoven's 9th symphony and the physics of expansion and the theory of contraction.

And so he watches his grieving girlfriend he left behind doing trivial, boring things.

However I must also say, this film at times did bore me.

it was slow, dull, tedious, and Rooney Mara noisily eating for 5 minutes isn't my idea of entertainment.

If you didn't pick this up, there is a big monologue by a party guest about how what we accomplish (having kids, writing a symphony, being an author etc.) is ultimately pointless and everything you do and whoever you know will eventually die or be forgotten.

But it was very slow, and if you like that kind, you might like this movie.

This is an emotional journey that will leave some speechless, while some other might leave the theater.

Very complex, emotional, and stunning.

Great, absorbing film .

Lowery captures the film's events with no more than a few dozen complete shots, favouring slow pan reveals and long takes which allow the actors the space to settle into their scenes, and their body language to flourish.

Like watching paint dry.

I appreciate how intellectually stimulating A Ghost Story is to think about after watching it, but it might be the most boring movie to actually watch.

Painfully slow, in fact.

About as boring as they come.

I fast forward this movie and nothing happened.

" Rule of thumb, any artsy film that tries to teach you or make you think is pretentious, at least that seems to be the mindset of the general movie going public anyway.

Slow, dull, and boring.

Definitely not what I was expecting given the acting talent involved, it felt like the aim of the movie was to present a montage of abjectly tedious scenes, and then try and drag those scenes out to the point where you start to feel anger building.

A person could project psychology and philosophy to this film but a person would have just as much right to project psychology and philosophy to watching paint dry like another reviewer said.

Personally it got on my nerves and I stopped caring eventually falling in a bored state It seems to be about the history of time, our sense of belonging and that everything in this world is ethereal.

I often find that I can be a bit nihilistic in life in general and I definitely see (at least in my interpretation anyway) there's a theme of nihilism throughout the movie which honestly is probably why I enjoyed it so much and why I found it so entertaining.

Three of us watched it, one of us left the movie after 30 minutes to watch some scary youtube videos in order to compensate for the obnoxiousness of the said film, the second person literally got a headache and nausea due to the movie being extremely slow and dark.

Rooney Mara is also breathtaking, further proving that she is one of the best (at least)quasi-mainstream actresses working in America today.

A BORING video clip where the ghost wears a bedsheet .

For much of the movie, it is long slow shots of Casey Affleck in a white sheet.

Boring beyond words.

This movie is a ghost, empty and wrapped in an almost white drape.

If you are ready for a slow build into the story of a ghost as it experiences 'life', great cinematography and music, this film is awesome.

Visually Stunning .

It's just a boring story of a ghost trapped in a house trying to get to a piece of paper his pie scoffing wife left there one time.

I still think the slowness of all scenes after the death are meant for us to reflect on our mortality and others too although there is no following the wife to understand her grief.

By far in my top three of worst movies I ever saw .

There are 5-10 minute scenes of a "character" doing something totally pointless while a ghost stands in the background watching silently while not moving.

I got the cliff notes with the fast forward button the movie is slow here and not worth watching beyond developing the cliff notes.

While most scenes were slow, two were achingly slow: the scene in bed at the beginning and the pie-eating scene.

The followup scenarios with the Spanish family as well as a pretentious 'philosophy of nothing matters guy' were a little disappointing.

A complete snooze fest that borders on the insanity of the human mind.

I just kept fast forwarding and missed nothing because nothing happens.

A Most Awful Ghost Bore .

Worst movie i watched in my entire life!.

I think the nuance could easily be overlooked especially due to the slow start but this a deep film, an evocative thinkers film.

I fell asleep.

An Excellent waste of time!

For those who were annoyed at the 4 minute pie eating scene and others like it where you felt bored, the scene was simply playing out in real time.

Boring, pretentious, irritating, amateur, self-indulgent.

This was an incredibly boring movie...

Here is an example of what to expect in this pretentious art piece.

The movie is an unexpected gem because even though people have recommended this I did not expect it to be one of the most resonant movies of 2017 for me and one that would make feel so sad and thoughtful.

This movie was painfully slow.

People who seek story, meaning or instant thrilling in any film, I am discouraging you to watch cause it will end up disappointing you.

Just because the dop got insanely bored or it was to mean something?

The pacing was a huge problem with both too much and too little to allow many in the audience to see and feel what the film-makers desired in what would have otherwise been a successfully engaging experience.

At least I got a laugh out of this borefest at the end, for I know what was written on that piece of paper:'I am DEFINITELY not coming back to this place!

What the...??? NOTHING HAPPENS!!

Draped in a white sheet complete with cut-out eye holes, Affleck drifts through the film with slow steps, longing stares and brief fits of rage.

Long shots of nothing, panning shots of scenes with nothing going on and the latest fad in pretentious films, the long drawn out gaze of one actor either at another or just at the camera, all are found here.

Yea-- let's make an extremely BORING story and show Rooney here and there..and let's have another A-list actor- Casey Afflek-disappear like a Ghost and hide under a ridiculous bed sheet for the rest of the movie.

I'll admit it was a slow start to establish the tone and themes.

This is supposed to be profound but it was just pretentious.

for 9/10ths of this drag out.

How would that affect you if you had completely immersed yourself in the previous people's lives.

The first quarter of this film is excruciatingly slow and almost unwatchable.

The film does a good job with the thin material, padding many scenes with slow camera shots, moody music, and one long nihilistic monologue from a drunk party-goer who hasn't a clue a ghost is listening to him.

I found it confusing and was very disappointed in the end.

Nothing happens, period.

but for some reason the director decided to apply it to a movie with no plot, no interesting characters and painfully dragged out scenes...

Eventually C's ghost makes his presence known, deeply aggravated by boredom and loneliness he flickers the lights and throws plates from the cupboard, frightening the family, they move out from the house.

Worst movie I have watched of late.

But why should film audiences be bored also, some of them after paying money for the film tickets?

A somewhat generic if intriguing title that is suggestive of a standard horror film/ghost story.

What a waste of time and money...

Started off slow, then the slow pace actually drives the movie.

With most love stories, confusion, a sense of loss and memories of what have been are at the forefront and this is where I think this film excels.

I thought the movie was great, but they either thought it was okay or just boring.

There are a number of scenes like this which make it very slow moving.

A now-infamous scene in this film involving a pie still has me questioning whether I appreciated it for its gravity and weight to its story, or whether I disliked it for feeling self-indulgent and pretentious.

my surprise was big: a fine told and slowly unfolding story, in a really fascinating fim - for viewers who like to think about the told stories in different angles - highly recommended - watch it and allow you to think about it...

Painfully slow repetitive ghost shots in an attempt to convey a message that is later revealed anyways.

The scenes are drawn out and ridiculously boring.

The film was such a plodder and filled with long, long camera shots, so long in fact that we were starting to doze (hence the term dozer, and I don't mean the bull type).

TOOO long and pointless .

The film's uses of long takes and pregnant silence create an unexpected degree of tension.

Boxed up in the standard-definition television aspect ratio (4:3) the film presents itself as an intimate, navel-gazing slow cinema hopeful in its first half, as we are privileged to watch Mara wolfing down a pie for a good 4 minutes before nausea prompting her to spew.

What a stunning movie.

This was the worst movie I have ever seen, and I see movies almost every week.

This is a very slow film.

So I understand for some people that it might make it a very boring viewing experience.

So, we have to endure all these long slow shots, to convey the message that they will later reveal anyways, then why put us through this drab, meaningless crap in the first place?

In addition to heartbreak, this movie evokes many other feelings: warmth, humor, boredom.

Intriguing take on ghosts, with a few flaws.

Furthermore,certain scenes drag out for an incredibly long time.

Don't waste your time .

Did I mention this was boring?

It's wisely kept at minimum, and when it is used while parts are thought-provoking the more philosophical pieces of dialogue come over as a little self-indulgent.

What a waste of time!!!!!!!!!.

There's a point where these empty periods become integral to the story, you have to reach that point first, though.

Waste of Time .

The very slow pace gets you in the theme of the film and with excellent compositions, shot with very long takes I would imagine it was very tricky to pull together.

Tedious Ghost Story .

A Ghost Story is one of those movies where it takes the time to dwell on its theme/s while nothing happens.

No action, no story, an extremely slow and boring film with no catchphrases or dialogues.

Warning, the pacing is very slow.

Stay away from this snooze fest, unless you are suffering from insomnia.


When you leave the theater you are not informed, moved, or entertained, just ground down.

Fast or slow, Lowery frames and edits every shot like it matters, creating stunning portraits and almost ethereal transitions.

it's terribly slow, uneventful, confusing and disinteresting.

It's pretentious and overrated.

It starts out slow in the beginning and much like 2001, it build up as it goes along.

Don't waste your time.

In the modern age of high action adrenaline most people don't have the patience anymore.

While the film is slowly paced and there is no doubt that mainstream audiences would likely be bored, those with the patience to watch and absorb the unique details and themes presented in this film will be greatly rewarded.

Altogether, a dull boring amateur movie.

Two great actors acting in this stupidity of a movie, waste of time!

(Spoilers) I also want to comment on the party scene where Will Oldham has a nihilistic, pretentious monologue about meaning and the universe.

--- Overall, an enjoyable movie - it is a 'mood' film with limited dialogue and an 'existential' conclusion.

Go find literally any other movie and it'll be more entertaining.

There's no way I can finish this movie, it is the worst movie I've ever seen.

I expected this movie to be quirky, and charming, but it was just dull and I couldn't wait to leave the cinema.

There are parts that move very slow.

Not everyone's taste, quite quirky, slow, with every director's plan being a beutiful picture.

Some say it's boring, and some say it is amazing .

a complete waste of time and money...

This ghost is profoundly boring and pathetic, tragic melancholy is okay but this is unbearable.

Its slow, yes.

It's just incredibly awkward and pointless and dull, dull, dull.

Nevertheless, it's strangely compelling and oddly beautiful at times.

Very early in this film you notice how stunning the cinematography is, a sure sign that the story is lacking in depth.

This film, whilst nowhere near as uncomfortable to watch at times, or has as significant or satisfying a pay-off, certainly manages to make you question if this is entertaining -- even though you can't look away.

Extremely boring!!.

everything felt drab, which was the movies intent.

This movie was extremely slow, with long drawn out scenes where little to nothing is happening.

The ghost's ability to "haunt," or impact the physical world when he becomes emotional, creates powerful, unexpected breaks in that continuity that make the story more interesting.

Many might say that it had meaning and it wanted to show the audience the life after death from a different prospective but let's be honest with ourselves: Even if that was true the movie is so unbelievably blank and boring that you are going to lose every interest you had to pay attention to its secret messages.

This movie should be banned in public interest, or should come with a warning, that its a torture method.

Besides the meaning core of the movie, it is really in good formic states, shots are clean, music is fascinating and knows when it is enough to give you some silence to feel sympathy towards the character and etc. while It is not flawless, between movies I have seen recently this one is really raising bar.

While it may not have much rewatch value to it, if you have 90 minutes, it is worth watching once.

Achingly slow .

A pretentious example of a bad Bergman movie.

It was as exciting as watching paint dry.

One key component of transcendental style is - yes - boredom.

Its worse than watching paint dry...

My personal favourite instance of Lowery's time manipulation is C's song scene, Lowery intercuts between a warmly lit flashback and a dull and cold looking present as C's song plays in both shots.

It is perilously close to tedious, and moves ever so slowly.

This movie is boring until end of pie scene,Then if you think about "This movie trying to tell",it will be so confusing and impresive.

Painfully dull rubbish passed off as something great.

Affleck took some heat for some with his previous film MANCHESTER BY THE SEA where some found it to be pretentious as well.

The concept was what I was expecting and it definitely was a huge waste of time watching.

Painfully slow - I get the metaphorical stuff.

In a bore-fest that in my film watching career has beaten every other bore-fest so far, a dude dies and continues to hang around as a ghost.

This is boring Watching someone eat pie for ten minutes is terribly dull

Like I said, it's extremely slow, and doesn't have much of a plot or characters.

Boring as hell and I don't mean in a 2001 space oddity kind of way(which was brilliant) .

All these suggestions are there that in the film's universe there are MULTIPLE ways even the most simple and uneventful life can influence the cosmos for eons, perhaps even into the next universe itself...

Wonderfully pretentious!

The camera adds to the dreary, depressing atmosphere David Lowery wants you to feel, after all this is a film about bereavement.

A lot of people say this movie is slow and boring and has long shots where nothing happens, and they're not wrong.

A slow movie that's exciting .

We had to turn it off or fall asleep.

My tastes in films are rather eclectic but I'm generally more satisfied with something more thought-provoking then the general banal fare.

don't waste YOUR time!!

I compared it to another movie people often walked out of, The Tree of Life, but even though Tree of Life was overlong, self indulgent and badly edited, there was a compelling story at the middle.

One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

Most Boring Movie EVER!.

This film is a waste of time .

Infuriatingly pretentious .

I have to call this movie what it is: boring and ineffective.

I must say that I have a new "worst movie ever".

I don't mind movies without special effects or all that much happening, but there at least has to be an interesting story to carry things along, Casey Affleck lurking about in a sheet in a succession of utterly dull scenes just isn't very entertaining.

The film's pace is slow and languid, the story limited, the characters non-existent.

Completely boring , stay away!

But GOD, it's slow to start, almost every scene there's either no dialogue at all, or very little-there is very little action to keep your interest.

Pathetically boring crap.

Slow and deep.

I even feel bored writing this review.

The scene is shot in painstaking detail and unbelievable SLOWNESS as she does this, across her ridiculously lonnnnng front yard (really, can a front lawn be that large or was it CGI?

The pacing is slow for a reason.

"A Ghost Story" is one of the most overrated and boring movies ever made.

The movie needs no script.

Sure, what is boring to one person may not be to another, but I think anyone would agree that watching people do mundane things like move boxes and eat for ten minutes at a time, no matter how you frame it, is still universally boring.

Boring .

Despite a decent musical score and a wholly original template, A Ghost Story felt a little pretentious and a little too symbolic for my taste.

One of the WORST movies I have ever seen.

Slow as a snail?

Waste of time at its finest .

Is pretty rich in details and the slow timing is intencional.

There was another craptist called Alejandro Inarittu who tried to copy Barfosky with The Revenant and that was a slow, boring, technically pandering piece of crap too.

very boring.

To begin, let me state that I actually LIKE "pretentious" movies and films that speak to you on a different level.

This is a zero sum game where NOTHING HAPPENS except for 1 or 2 instances that last for a couple of minutes max.

Enjoyable, true, sad and happy all at once .

Don't waste your time checking it out as you will be as disappointed as I am.

This may be the point of the film, we're all just here temporarily, but surely there is a more entertaining way of conveying this idea.

This might have made an effective 20 minute short and I would have been satisfied, but this felt like some director's infantile self-indulgent and very expensive attempt to explain some weird dream he'd had after a hard night partying back in his college days, one he just "knew" people needed to experience too.


He stated before how he "wanted to make something small and tiny and handmade," (Filmmaker Magazine) and he well and beyond fulfills what he hinted at, as he creates such a cold environment inside the claustrophobic house the weary spirit refuses to leave.

"A Ghost Story" could have the tagline "The Movie About Nothing", because throughout much of the movie, nothing happens.

Total waste of time!!.

They literally watch paint dry in this stupid movie .

Summed up, it's boring, then sad, then confusing, then it's over.

Boring awful movie .

For those who thought this movie was slow, try watching ''Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles"...

I think the writer and folks involved had some 'messages' to send the viewer but it's 'pretentious' , too vane of them to think i'd 'get' or 'understand' what they want to convey.

An extremely slow and boring first 30 minutes gets beaten out by a very interesting and unique last hour.

There are numerous scenes where the camera will linger on a person or object for a minute or more while nothing happens.

There's no storyline to unravel, no dialogue to quote and requote, no action, drama, car chases or raucous laughs, just a series of scenes and images that I couldn't get enough of.

Life of ghosts is probably boring, this is what I understood from this film.

unlike this self-serving pretentious piece of ca-ca.

Sooooo boring .

It is very much a Slow Burn, with good actors rhat is very well-acted.

Visually stunning .

A bit later it felt like the film was building to a poignant close so I thought it must be a quite pretentious short.

I would choose a good story, plot line and riveting acting any day over this sort of claptrap.

I had heard that there were a number of drawn out scenes, so I watched this for free on TV, and was sorting out stuff to give away to the 'op shop' (charity shop) at the same time.

Possibly the most boring movie I have ever seen.

My biggest complaint with this film is how slow it is.

This film asks big questions about mortality, the afterlife, time, our legacy as human beings, and they were fascinating questions.

It felt amateurish, cheap, and worst of all an absolute waste of time.

Nonsense - waste of time.

Lacking any audible dialogue from the deceased, this is a slowly paced, thoughtful and rewarding film - and one of the best of the year (Klaus Ming November 2017).

Boring and awful.


I sincerely hope (like to think) the Prognosticator monologue is supposed to be played for the ridiculousness of how kids think they have it all figured out, too pretentious not to be on purpose, especially with this actor well in his 40-ies.

Starts off as a promising film but soon deteriorated into a long boring with a weak to no storyline.

Casey Afflect had more intrigue in Manchester By The Sea and that film was nearly as tranquilizing as this snoozer is.

This was a terrible film, so boring and pointless.

But it's not creepy, it's boring here.

Pointless scenes after pointless scenes that are not just too long, they are painfully long, making this film feel like a plotless, pretentious eternity.

A Boring Ghost Story .

empty .


We get pretentious cinema, nothing more.

Nothing interesting about this film, a total failure and waste of time

The rest is just plain confusing.

It tells the audience to live life to the full, but it does so through great performances and masterful cinematic technique instead of expositional dialogue, taking its time to convey these messages, which could lead to some becoming bored.

This makes the movie unbearable in every sense of the word.

first let me be clear --- i love moody movies that are thoughtful, metaphoric, slow paced, artistically filmed and do not rely on dialogue, noise or action to convey a perspective or carry a message.

There will be those that think it's experimental, pretentious nonsense.

In attempting to make "art" the film instead induces boredom.

We were bored out of our minds watching _nothing_ transpire between the two leads before Casey dies and turns into a ghost with that famously easy Halloween costume.

The slow and meditative flow of A Ghost Story is what I wanted when I was tired and bored.

Cinematography is good, but the overall slowness of the camera movements make feel the about 80 minutes like three hours.

It dragged on and on.

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happens for about the first 45 minutes so have something else to do until it picks up.

Or read the subjects of the IMDb reviews, that's far more entertaining.

snooze fest .

There were some absorbing scenes and a sensitive message to the film, but i think the way the story was told - ie long drawn out scenes - would have exasperated many and mitigated the poignant message.

This movie is only suitable for the artsy fartsy people who gush at protracted camera views and consider themselves cultured while watching this overlong 90 minutes.

He stays with her in the home they made together - a home, we will come to learn, that she wanted to leave, despite his wish to remain in the quiet, isolated area he felt so comfortable in.

It's worth watching .

This is my new "worst movie ever".

More entertaining .