Critics Consensus

Director Reitman tries to remake Ghostbusters, but his efforts are largely unsuccessful because the movie has too many comedic misfires.



Total Count: 136


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The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave. Before long the creatures are evolving at an exponentially rapid rate, resulting in fearsome aliens running amok and possibly spelling mankind's doom, or at least the end of man's domination over life on Earth. Investigating the phenomenon is a community college professor, Ira Kane (David Duchovny), his geologist friend Harry Block (Orlando Jones), wannabe fireman Wayne Green (Seann William Scott), and government scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore). Evolution also stars Ted Levine, Ethan Suplee, and Katharine Towne.

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Ted Levine
as Gen. Woodman
Dan Aykroyd
as Gov. Lewis
Gregory Itzin
as Cartwright
Ashley Clark
as Lt. Cryer
Pat Kilbane
as Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell
as Flemming
Richard Moll
as Fire Training Inspector
Steven Gilborn
as Judge Guilder
Wayne Duvall
as Dr. Paulson
Michael Chapman
as Sheriff Long
Kyle Gass
as Officer Drake
Lucas Dudley
as Sgt. Toms
Steven Pierce
as Sgt. Larson
Wendy Braud
as Nurse Tate
Stephanie Hodge
as Jill Mason
Morgan Nagler
as Dressing Room Shoplifter
Andrew Bowen
as Road Worker
Steve Kehela
as Reporter
Kenny Blank
as Student
John Cho
as Student
Tressa Pope
as Student
Chris Wylde
as Student
Marty Belafsky
as Military Policeman
Lee Weaver
as Military Policeman
Tom Davis
as Governor's Aide
Gary Kent
as Governor's Aide
Timothy R. Layton
as Guard Gate Soldier
Angelo Vacco
as Officer Thompson
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Lead Primate Creature
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Critic Reviews for Evolution

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Audience Reviews for Evolution

  • Jan 10, 2016
    A pretty average sci fi comedy thats gags are mostly fart jokes but it's enjoyable funny in places, The effects were ok for its time, Nothing memorable but not terrible either.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2012
    Its mostly just Reitman rehashing "Ghostbusters", only in a far less funny or interesting way. Also, I love Julianne Moore, but she should stay away from physical comedy . . . its just embarrassing.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2011
    I laughed a couple times, mainly because of Sean William Scott's as*hole character.
    Eddie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2011
    Interesting Ideas, good actors, trying too hard to fit the comedic elements into the plot though
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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