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Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci). The eternally irritable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) discovers that the only thing she's been left in her recently departed father's will is a rickety old house in New England. Naturally, the woman is furious about this, until her "close personal friend" and assistant, Dibbs (Eric Idle of Monty Python fame), discovers a secret message that a treasure may be concealed somewhere in the house. The two take off for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fairy tale with the soul of a rerun."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The set design, however, merely disguises what is in fact an intimate and likeable picture."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Never cloying or abundant with cutesy dialogue..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"t's aimed squarely at the tinies, but there is charm enough here to make it bearable for adults too."
‑ Jane Howdle, Empire Magazine
"Nice kid's story. Good efects. Who would say that this innocent girl will become a sensual actrees..."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"It's not clear why Steven Spielberg's Amblin decided to make a live-action entertainment starring the least interesting and most saccharine of all 50s cartoon characters."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Casper's movie is not the cleverest one around, but its hero may be the most lovable."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Haunted house tale not as mild as the cartoons."
‑ Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media
"he's a friendly little guy ain't he"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"A hollow and garish echo of the sweet little ghost."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Once the audience has become inured to the wide-eyed protagonist and impressive digitized effects, there's little sense of wonder or awe to be found."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"This doesn't usually happen to me, but 15 minutes before the end of Casper I suddenly realized that if I didn't take a deep breath, I was going to start sobbing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Only Ricci, strange gothic child that she is, gets close to shining next to the animation."
‑ , Film4
"The high-tech animation is completely persuasive; nothing else is."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a good family movie."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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