Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy -- even if it can't help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original.

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Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today--Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world!

Cast

Melissa McCarthy
as Abby Yates
Kristen Wiig
as Erin Gilbert
Kate McKinnon
as Jillian Holtzmann
Leslie Jones
as Patty Tolan
Charles Dance
as Harold Filmore
Michael Kenneth Williams
as Agent Hawkins, Hawkins
Matt Walsh
as Rourke
Sigourney Weaver
as Rebecca Gorin
Andy Garcia
as Burmistrz Nowego Jorku, Mayor Bradley
Bill Murray
as Martin Heiss
Cecily Strong
as Jennifer Lynch
Ernie Hudson
as Uncle Bill
Zach Woods
as Tour Guide
Karan Soni
as Bennie
Ed Begley Jr.
as Ed Mulgrave
John Milhiser
as Higgins Student
Ben Harris
as Higgins Student
Bess Rous
as Gertrude Aldridge Ghost
Neil Casey
as Rowan North
Dave Allen
as Electrocuted Ghost
Katie Dippold
as Rental Agent
Daniel Ramis
as Metal Head
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 News Anchor #1
Michael McDonald
as Jonathan The Theater Manager
Jaime Pacheco
as Fernando the Janitor
Eugene Cordero
as Bass Guitarist
Ryan Levine
as Rock Guitarist
Theodore Shapiro
as Keyboardist
Davey Jones
as Ely The Drummer
Matteo Borghese
as Lightboard Operator
Ozzy Osbourne
as Famous Rock Star
Jeanine Ramirez
as Reporter Outside Theater
Jamie Denbo
as Waitress
Toby Huss
as Officer Stevenson
Annie Potts
as Desk Clerk
Cheryl Wills
as NY1 News Anchor #2
Sam Richardson
as Basement Cop
Steve Bannos
as Flasher Ghost
Tom Yi
as Flashed Man
Susan Park
as Flashed Woman
Milana Vayntrub
as Subway Rat Woman
Adam Ray
as Voice of Slimer
Anthony Viveiros
as Police Officer
Stephen 'tWitch' Boss
as Police Officer
Rosanna Scotto
as Fox 5 News Anchor
Greg Kelly
as Fox 5 News Anchor
Adam Ray
as Lead Singer, Voice of Slimer
Al Roker
as As Himself
Dan Teicher
as Rock Guitarist
Robin Shelby
as Voice of Lady Slimer
Johnny Higgins
as Baba Booey Shouter
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters

All Critics (378) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (280) | Rotten (98)

  • For everything that doesn't work, there's so much more that does. These Ghostbusters are solid, and this film effectively riffs on the original and creates its own thing.

    February 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 2016's Ghostbusters comes as a sip of water in a historic drought. Feig has pulled off the impossible by successfully reworking an unlikely masterpiece, and everyone involved deserves major kudos.

    January 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Worst of all, the movie just isn't funny.

    December 5, 2019 | Rating: 1.75/5 | Full Review…
  • We found them all more than capable of taking on the action as well as the comedy. It just could have been put together and paced better, but it's still fun, especially if you see it with a big audience.

    October 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ghostbusters may not be a film for the ages, but it's definitely deserving of a thumbs up...maybe even a million of them.

    October 21, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • McCarthy isn't funny and her voice is annoyingly nasal. Wiig is slightly better but mostly uninspired. Jones adds a few moments of hilarity and a streetwise toughness that works most of the time, but the real star is McKinnon.

    October 2, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters

  • Aug 25, 2019
    I didn't watch this for quite a while because I heard so many bad things about it. "What do they know?" I thought to myself. I figured Ghostbusters had already had a bad sequel I sort of enjoyed, a bad remake should be sort of enjoyable too. Besides, you just know that so many of the complaints were exclusively because the cast had been of the dreaded ~~fEmaLe VeRsiOn~~ variety. But I just watched it, and... Oh man you guys, this really did suck. I'm devastated.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2018
    The reboot to one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s does not fail because it has an all female main cast. It doesn't deliver the punches and the script has quite a few weaknesses. Wiig is great, Hemsworth pretty funny and McKinnon wonderfully odd, but McCarthy just doesn't have more to offer than the "fat lady getting thrown around a lot" trope. There are short appearances by the original cast and quite a few references to the old film without picking up its chronology, another mistake. The result is still fairly entertaining but actually could have worked despite of the nay-sayers, just with a better script and maybe a different talent or two.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2017
    Once again the remake train derails into another franchise with Ghostbusters, the 2016 comedy that seems to be made by people who have never seen the original film. The funny thing is that I now am filled with regret after seeing this overtly controversial film of this summer. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star as the title characters in this film about the paranormal invading New York City and the recently unemployed small business owners that are here to fight this new nuisance. A bell boy named Rowan (Neil Casey) is expanding ghost activity for some reason, coming to a climax with Times Square full of scares. (Times Scare? Slime Square?) The script is immature at best and bottom feeding at worst. A nice middle finger scene here, a crotch shot there, basic 13 year old humor like that which plays well to kids and the soft headed. The story is like falling from a tree with the plot hitting one branch, then another, then another, and never really landing anywhere to settle except the eventual land fill that this film feels destined for. I can't really say that the acting is bad. You're only as good as your script and we've already established the mess that road map is. The real issue with the main core of the cast is that there is little chemistry between the quartet. This is probably the biggest fault with Ghostbusters '16 especially compared to the chemistry that is exuded in the original film. Even the sequel felt more on point than this film and it shows. This is reason this film didn't click with viewers, too. I will admit that I was very pessimistic when it came to discussing this film and it wasn't because of the swapping of the sexes, though that felt like it was marketed as a gimmick. In all honesty, the film didn't look good from trailers and research that I did pre-release. Even if it didn't have the no ghost insignia stamped on its marketing this film would have been mediocre. This one had to stand up to one of the most beloved films of the last 30+ years. It feels rushed and thrown together into something for the mass quantities to consume instead of that special thing that was the original film. I'm not going to blame the cast because it feels like they actually believed in what they were doing- an honest retelling of a story that they grew up with, just like you and me. No, this is a failure on director Paul Feig's part. He delivers a soulless film that is just empty calories to be purged and forgotten in a day or two. An albatross on a decent career.
    Chris G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2016
    To me this was a pretty funny movie, it has a great cast. This is also some of the best 3D I have seen in a movie , pretty cool cinematography. I don't know how well it compares to the original cause I was not a big fan of those, but it is an okay stand alone film.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer

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