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Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Reviews

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Variety Staff
May 30, 2007
Only intermittently impressive.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There is more attention to special effects than to humor.
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Joseph Gelmis
June 8, 2016
"Ghostbusters" is like romping through Disneyland's haunted house with Bill Murray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
June 16, 2015
Ghostbusters is primarily a showcase for Murray, who slinks through the movie muttering his lines in his usual cheeky fashion and getting off an occasionally hilarious crack that proves he's thoroughly enjoying himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2015
The plotting may be primitive, but it's all carried off with far more style and finesse than one might expect from the creators of Animal House and Meatballs.
Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 12, 2014
A fantasy, but with no touches of reality at all, to be enjoyed for its zany humour typical of the "National Lampoon" school from which several of its contributors are drawn.
Hannah McGill
The List
October 27, 2014
It speaks to its entire audience, without ever seeming to joke over children's heads in a snide or overly knowing manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2014
What you realise about Ghostbusters thirty years on is that Bill Murray is a comedy genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Alex Orner
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Paranormal fun for tweens and up; some scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
October 28, 2011
The leads' chemistry is almost, well, spooky, Dan Aykroyd's nerdy enthusiasm rubbing deliciously against a persona-perfecting turn from Bill Murray - and there's even the odd surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2009
The movie's tongue-in-cheek (and pre-subprime) satire of surging capitalist hubris is scarcely mitigated by the necessary fairy-tale ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
October 31, 2014
Part of the sheer joy of this movie -- aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray -- is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 10, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This movie is an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 16, 2015
It's almost impossible not to smile while watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
October 27, 2011
The often dazzling, special effects-driven slapstick tends to overshadow the fact that there are some slyer, more sophisticated laughs on offer in this blockbusting family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
October 27, 2014
The elastic structure provides ample room for inspired surrealism, yet the looseness never compromises the film's tongue-in-cheek love letter to pre-gentrification Manhattan or its piercing satire of Reaganite go-getting ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
February 26, 2012
"Ghostbusters" is a fun romp with a couple of comedy's greatest stars at the top of their game.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
April 3, 2006
The perfect marriage of big-budget sci-fi spectacle and character-based comedy schtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
November 2, 2011
As funny, spooky and marvellous as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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