The New York Times opens their review with this:
Ghosts are rarely as intriguing as the people they haunt, so ''Lady in White'' has a shrewdly chosen focus. Its sympathetic, engaging, haunted hero is Frankie Scarlatti, a 9-year-old boy who sees the ghost of a murdered 10-year-old girl. Frankie is locked in a spooky school cloakroom on Halloween night in 1962, when he sees the apparition of Melissa and is nearly strangled himself. Though he is rescued, in the next months Melissa reappears, and their mysterious attacker, suspected of killing 11 children in a decade, is still on the loose.Moria gives it 4 stars, calls it "a remarkable and haunting ghost story," and "beautifully tender and haunting". Roger Ebert gives it 3 out of 4 stars and opens with this: "“Lady in White” tells a classic ghost story in such an everyday way that the ghost is almost believable, and the story is actually scarier than it might have been with a more gruesome approach." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 64%.