A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writers block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years.
If the aim is to switch new viewers onto the genius of Coward, it's going to take a lot more spirit than this.| Read in full: Blithe Spirit movie review We Love Cinema
The impish Leslie Mann is well cast as his dead wife, Elvira, who provides a jolt of creative inspiration. Judi Dench’s screechy caricature of psychic Madame Arcati is less winning.The Guardian
[Edward Hall's] remake plays fast and loose with Coward’s comedy, retaining little of the playwright’s original dialogue. While this frees the drama from the mannered straitjacket of 40s sophisticated comedy, it doesn’t always feel like a good thing.Sight & Sound
Ultimately, this fleshed-out fantasy is neither as funny, as fierce nor as fearsome as the source material.Empire