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Ghostbusters 2 (1989)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: Thanks to the cast, Ghostbusters 2 is reasonably amusing, but it lacks the charm, wit, and energy of its predecessor.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Thanks to the cast, Ghostbusters 2 is reasonably amusing, but it lacks the charm, wit, and energy of its predecessor.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 404,191



Movie Info

Ivan Reitman's sequel to the phenomenally successful Ghostbusters is looser and more self-assured than the original. The film opens with a title reading "Five Years Later" and finds the ghostbusters living in hard times. A restraining order has forbidden the boys to partake in paranormal warfare, and as a result they have had to seek other lines of work. Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) spend their time performing at children's' birthday parties, and Egon (Harold Ramis) is busy … More

PG (violence)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jun 29, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters 2

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (17) | DVD (14)

There's very little energy in the follow-through, and this time Murray's listlessness seems more anemic than comic.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kids will find the oozing slime and ghastly, ghostly apparitions to their liking and adults will enjoy the preposterously clever dialog.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Top Critic

The film is largely an excuse for a cast get-together, with the Ghostbusters, under judicial restraining order after the havoc wreaked in part one, suffering lives of semi-obscurity.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even the special effects are more to the point of the comedy than they were in the first film. For some reason, this appears to leave more room for the sort of random funny business that Mr. Murray and his friends do best.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

You want more.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hammered together out of the junkiest of elements, the movie rattles along with a pleasing rambunctiousness, tossing off its quips and one-liners and scoring on a remarkably high percentage of them.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

An almost uniformly substandard follow-up that, since the original film remains so beloved by so many people, still gets to be disappointing even two decades and change later.

Full Review… | May 30, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Plenty of agreeable nonsense to develop within the larger Ghostbusters universe. It's a sincerely amusing movie, warmly energized to give fans a steamy second helping of the good stuff.

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
The Screengrab

Frankly, Murray, Sigourney Weaver and even Aykroyd deserve much better.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008

A little of a rehash but still good.

March 2, 2008

Almost as sharp as the first film and only suffering slightly from the inevitable repetitions.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Empire Magazine

A terrible disappointment, a shockingly self-satisfied and unforgivably slapdash sequel.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Feels like a blueprint concocted by the bean-counters at Columbia Pictures.

Full Review… | April 3, 2006
DVD Clinic

Bottom line: with Murray on fire and enough clever dialogue to rival its predecessor, Ghostbusters II is good enough to put post-milennial comedy to shame.

August 5, 2005
Groucho Reviews

No one has ever accused Ghostbusters II of being a great film, or even a good one, for that matter

Full Review… | August 2, 2005

Best forgotten sequel.

July 16, 2004

A loose, assured sequel that has the breezy ambition of simply being fun and likable. And it is.

December 15, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

A few bright moments thanks to the cast.

October 1, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

About equal to the original. Neither of them were classics.

March 15, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

There's plenty to enjoy here and fans of the group won't care about the shortcomings.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters 2

It's pretty tough for a sequel to best, let alone match it's predecessor, especially when the first one is an undisputed masterpiece.

So yeah, Ghostbusters II isn't as good as the first, but it's not a bad film by any means. Unfortunately most people don't see it that way. Me, I really like this one, and think it's still a really decent film, even though it isn't what it could have been.

The story begins five years after the first. Following the defeat of Gozer at the end of the first film, the Ghostbusters have actually fallen on hard times. Instead of being hailed as saviors, they have since been slapped with a restraining order and forced to cease their ghostbusting due to all the collateral damage their 'busting' causes. As a result, the four have hung up their proton packs and gone on to other activities.

However, they are forced to get back to it when an evil ooze begins wreaking havoc, especially when it possesses a painting of an evil 16th Century Carpathian tyrant named Vigo, causing him to come to life to terrorize all who end up in his way.

I think the main issue at hand here is sequelitis. It's just unable to capture the magic that made the first so special. It doesn't have the freshness, nor does it have the same level of laughs, wit, and energy. Ivan Reitman returned as director, and co-stars Aykroyd and Ramis once again wrote the script, and, while they don't do bad in these roles, their performances don't really stand out. I do however, like that they raised the stakes, and showed how actions have consequences. I just wish they could have come up with some more creative and stronger ideas.

The music is still good though, and I still dig the effects, and yeah, the performances are fine, if slightly worn, but, even though this one has it's moments, it doesn't have near as much heart as it should.

I'm still giving this one a really high rating though, as I'm a big fan, I like these guys and what they do, and it's still a fun and entertaining film. Yeah, some of it is a bit sillier, but I can't help but like it. Without a doubt, my main reason for really liking this is personal. Sentimentality is key here, as the earliest memory that I can recall is seeing this in the theater when I was a mere three years old. I can only recall one scene clearly, but still, it's a memory I want to cherish as long as possible.

Bottom line: yeah, this is a step down, but it's still a pretty decent film, and offers a fair amount of entertainment, and, compared to a lot of sequels, it's quite strong, so give it a chance.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


For a sequel to a masterpiece it couldn't possibly live up to, this is quite an underrated bit of fun. Not sure why so many hold it in such low regard, because I think it successfully maintains the spirit of its predecessor.

Sure, the plot isn't as exciting and the main villain is kind of lame, but the wonderful wit and interplay is still very much intact, which is what counts in my book. I suppose Bill Murray is chiefly to thank for that though. You can't help but love his sarcastic, cynical and hopelessly womanizing character. His lines are so perfectly timed that you're wondering if he's not making it all up on the spot.

At any rate, we can only hope that the intended third film (which now, perhaps for the best, looks doomed to become a non-event) won't ruin any of that. I mean, Hollywood has already managed to defile other 80's gems like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. If the same thing happens to the Ghostbusters franchise, I don't know what I'll do, but it ain't gonna be pretty. And by "not pretty" I mean something along the lines of Vigo's morning face.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

The Original Ghostbusters set a new standard for comedy, horror and Sci Fi. The first was a big hit, and is one of the best comedies with Sci Fi and horror elements. It's only naturally that they would make a sequel to the first one. The question that one who's never seen the sequel will probably ask the age old question, is it better than the first one? Unfortunately no. The film feels more silly than fun, and the characters here are more irritating. What made the original so good was the witty originality and the use of many genres to create a terrific, memorable film. With Ghostbusters it acts more of a comedy as the aspects that made the original so good, are almost entirely absent. The film is very tongue in Cheek, and while the first had a bit of seriousness to its brand of comedy, the comedy shown here is almost frustrating and not original. Ghostbusters was an effective film due to the simple fact that it blended Comedy, sci fi, horror and mystery in to it's well written script. Ghostbusters 2 is an inferior sequel but definitely has good enough elements going for it that it's still a average film to watch. The film may make you divided in the sense that you either don't know if it's good, bad or awful. But if you loved the first entry, and I mean really enjoyed it, then you might be disappointed with this film.
But with this one, it seems a little tired out. But it's still a good film to watch, and has some good creative elements, and despite all its faults, in the end who you gonna call?

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Though not at all on par with the first, this sequel is still entertaining and satisfying.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Ghostbusters 2 Quotes

Peter Venkman: Kitten, I think what I'm trying to say is, sometimes, shit happens, and who ya gonna call?
– Submitted by Jared B (13 months ago)
Louis Tully: So, you wanna play 'Boggle' or 'Super Mario Brothers'?
– Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
Dana Barrett: (about Oscar)What do you think? Peter Venkman: Well, he's ugly.
– Submitted by bob j (2 years ago)
Peter Venkman: Oh did you ever fall for that, the old hand eating toaster trick.
– Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
Peter Venkman: There's so many holes in 5th avenue, we really didn't think anyone would notice.
– Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
Mayor of New York: Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right.
– Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)

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