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Ghostbusters Reviews

August 16, 2017
The fact that the '84 version became a phenom is as strange, really, as the 2016 version becoming a war between idiot men and all kinds of women.
August 3, 2017
It aims to be a good family film for the summer movie season, and it fits right in with the buttery popcorn I ate while watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2016
It's funny, and nuanced in its funniness: hehs to haaaaaaas to lols.
July 18, 2016
So, how do the Ghostbusters of today shape up against the boys of yesteryear? Pretty well ...
July 15, 2016
This is a mediocre horror/comedy that deserves neither high praise nor disparagement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2016
As is so often the case with special-effects-heavy movies, the character comedy quickly gets trampled by the effects (in this case, not special).
Full Review | Original Score: D
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July 14, 2016
In her wily line delivery and cocksure swagger, McKinnon resembles nothing if not a young Bill Murray. Through her thick goggles is the impish spark that keeps movies like this in orbit.
July 14, 2016
These women are having fun just being together and getting to don matching jumpsuits and whale on undead spirits, and their evident joy makes us happy to hop in the hearse for a ride-along.
July 14, 2016
How will the reboot be remembered a couple of decades down the line? Not as beloved, or beloathed; more likely as beliked, if it's remembered at all.
July 14, 2016
Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones make a formidable comic team in their own right - though McKinnon steals the show as oddball physics geek Holtzmann (the Egon, if you will).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2016
It's no flawless classic, but it's an exciting and often funny ride through a neighborhood where something strange is going on.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 14, 2016
This might have worked if the 1984 film were less well remembered, but it looms large over this production, which does little to distinguish itself.
July 14, 2016
These characters might even be more fun to watch in a movie that wasn't as beholden to its source. I'm saying I want a sequel, and maybe you should too. This one's pretty good. But it had a chance to be great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2016
McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon and Jones prove to be a relentlessly inventive comic ensemble. And Hemsworth is a revelation as a guy who's blissfully unaware of his sheer incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 14, 2016
I would have preferred that they simply had shut their naysayers down by producing a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 14, 2016
The real triumph of this new Ghostbusters is that it doesn't feel like an inversion, or an experiment, or a novelty. It just feels funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2016
Hovering spirits of Ghostbusters past prove more treat than trick for Paul Feig's energetic reboot of the storied 1980s comedy franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2016
Those spiffy proton packs are in good hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2016
Angry nerds, take note: The ladies are the best thing about this franchise reboot. Kate McKinnon is a spontaneous eruption of hellfire hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 13, 2016
For all the high dudgeon with which the movie has been anticipated, it turns out that Ghostbusters -- like the girls who cheerfully dominate it this time around -- just wants to have fun. And it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2016
If you're a real "Ghostbusters" fan, your time would be better spent watching the original. Because this reboot doesn't deserve its name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 13, 2016
The nearly two-hour film is akin to many of those sketches that come on after "Weekend Update." You know the ones -- too-long, time-filler skits that seem to have been scrawled on the back of a pizza box in the writer's room five minutes before air time.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
July 13, 2016
Girl power and ghoul power - it's a winning combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2016
When Kristen Wiig quotes Tony Montana before taking down a ghost with her blaster - "Say hello to my little friend!" - her line reading is anemic, as if she were embarrassed, and you cringe right along with her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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July 13, 2016
A middle finger to the screaming brobabiez. If girls can't be Ghostbusters, then here, guys can't do anything.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 13, 2016
It sits in the middle, wanting to blaze a new trail but haunted by the ghosts of its past.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 13, 2016
"Ghostbusters" is a pretty good movie. Will it capture the public imagination like the first one? Probably not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2016
A goofy, free-floating romp with an anarchic spirit of its own, a fresh set of scares and laffs and a moderate dose of girl power that is unlikely to seem confrontational to anyone beyond the most confirmed basement-dwelling Gamergate troll.
July 12, 2016
It proudly demonstrates that mediocrity - whether in the hunting of malevolent apparitions or the making of a mainstream comedy - is not, and never has been, an exclusively male pursuit.
July 12, 2016
Somehow, this Ghostbusters remake is going to push us all to reckon with what a more equal world might look like, whether we like it or not. Fortunately, the movie is tremendously easy to like.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2016
After setting up the slightly revised premise, though, the movie pretty conspicuously runs out of gas about halfway through, yielding lapses where it doesn't scare up much of anything, most notably laughter.
July 12, 2016
While the dialogue doesn't labour the point, this is a film about women brought together by a shared intellectual passion, shrugging off the mostly male authority figures who try to put them in their place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 11, 2016
The new Ghostbusters isn't a horror, exactly. It's just misbegotten. It never lives.
July 11, 2016
Crucial to [the] fun: McKinnon, who steals the movie with her mad-scientist grin, eyes that gleam like a laser pointer and unexpected random weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2016
The freewheeling and funny solidarity of the four leads win out in the end, even if Feig shows more timidity than he did in Bridesmaids, The Heat or Spy.
July 11, 2016
Ghostbusters is a horror from start to finish, and that's not me saying it's legitimately scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 11, 2016
The talented stars are not to blame for a pointless, harmless and mildly funny remake that will leave most moviegoers shrugging their shoulders and musing, "well, at least it's better than Ghostbusters 2."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2016
As enjoyable as this movie is, sometimes it feels like it's holding back; no one's id runs wild. But the limitations of Ghostbusters make Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones even more valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 10, 2016
Jones, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Wiig are so good together - and in ways that are distinctively theirs and not recycled from the past - that their message of not giving a damn resonates better than the movie's underwhelming climax.
July 10, 2016
Wiig is at her best, Jones is a revelation, Chris Hemsworth is a wonderful surprise in the movie and Kate McKinnon steals the show. They're all weirdly endearing, too, and it has nothing to do with nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2016
Paul Feig's female-led reboot of the long-dormant franchise is thrilling, hilarious, lovingly crafted and the wild, colourful, giddy blockbuster this otherwise staid summer movie season so desperately needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2016
None of it adds up to much more than an average summer entertainment - never bad enough to warrant the chauvinist hatred, rarely good enough to deserve the feminist support.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2016
Sliding into theaters on a river of slime and an endless supply of good vibes, the new, cheerfully silly "Ghostbusters" is that rarest of big-studio offerings - a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun.
July 10, 2016
This new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny enough to have earned space in the summer comedy firmament.
July 10, 2016
Is the new Ghostbusters funny? The answer is: Kind of, but not nearly to the degree it should be considering the talent involved.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 10, 2016
For all the value that may be contained in an intellectual property, it's worthless if it can't make old ideas feel new.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 10, 2016
Fun oozes from almost every frame; likewise the energy of a team excited to be revolutionising the blockbuster landscape. Let's just hope everyone will enjoy the view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2016
Whereas Feig has previously managed to cross genre streams successfully, here he succumbs to the familiar curse of the digital-effects era: When there's almost nothing the computer can't conjure, it falls to the director to know when to stop.
July 10, 2016
Feig's Ghostbusters is its own definitive creature, an affable, inventive riff on Ivan Reitman's proton-packing caper that exists not to score points, but only to make us laugh. For a summer comedy, there's no nobler purpose.
July 10, 2016
The female-led cast is a promising idea, but this reboot of the 1984 classic isn't as fresh or funny as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2016
It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy.
July 10, 2016
Ghostbusters 2.0 suffers from the anxiety of influence - or, more specifically, from the fear of not wanting to alienate the fans (Gen X'ers and others) of 1.0.
July 10, 2016
Here's a summer movie starring a girl squad proud of its big brains and tacky jumpsuits. You could call that a supernatural event in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5