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“Ghostbusters” Early Reviews: Critics mixed on the reboot

Posted in: General, Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  July 11th, 2016
Ghostbusters Early Reviews

The Ghostbusters early reviews are in. Find out what the critics are saying below.

The first Ghostbusters reviews are in and the female-driven reboot is receiving mixed responses from our nation’s top critics. Directed by Paul Feig (The Heat, cost Bridesmaids), cost the highly-anticipated comedy enlists the talents of Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon as the new ghost-busting team.

At this writing, Ghostbusters has a 78% positive rating on That number will likely change as new reviews pour in.

We’ve looked over a lot of the new reviews and here’s a list of a few of the must-read Ghostbusters early reviews below (stay tuned for our full review).

David Rooney, “[T]he fact is that an estrogen-infused makeover, particularly one with such a comedically gifted cast, was a promising idea. Sadly, that’s where the inventiveness ended.” Check out the full review here.

Peter Debruge, “The problem isn’t that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson created characters too iconic to surpass; the fault lies in the fact that this new ‘Ghostbusters’ doesn’t want us to forget them, crafting its new team in the earlier team’s shadow.” Check out the full review here.

Terri Schwartz, “In terms of Feig’s brand of comedy, Ghostbusters is more Spy than Bridesmaids, but his humor never quite jibes appropriately with the tone of the film. It doesn’t help that the pacing undercuts what could have otherwise been strong moments.”Check out the full review here.

Manohla Dargis, “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.” Check out the full review here.

Chris Nashawaty, “But with a cast as daring and quick as this one, Ghostbusters is too mild and plays it too safe. Somewhere, I bet, there’s an R-rated director’s cut of the movie where these women really let it rip. I want to see that movie. ” Check out the full review here.

Stay tuned for our full review.

Ghostbusters arrives in theaters nationwide this Friday.