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“Ghostbusters” Reviews: Critics take on the reboot

Posted in: Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  July 15th, 2016
Ghostbusters Reviews

The long-awaited Ghostbustersreboot has finally arrived. Check out what the critics are saying about the new comedy below.

Thirty-two years after the original 1984 comedy, sick the female-driven Ghostbusters reboot is now in theaters nationwide. Considering all of the criticisms this feature faced (long before the film was completed), there’s been a lot of speculation about the quality of the new comedy. With that in mind, we took a look at what critics are saying about the film..

At this writing, the movie has a 73% fresh rating on but that’s likely to change as more reviews comes in.

In the meantime, check out a few of the must-read Ghostbustersreviews below (and make sure you check out our own review here).

Nell Minow, “Each of the four main characters is clearly having a blast showing what she does best, creating distinctive characters with very different styles but always working the chemistry between them with dialog that often feels improvised by actors trying to make each other laugh. Check out the full review here.

Brian Truitt, “Director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (*** out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters nationwide Friday), a reboot of the 1984 comedy classic, is a worthy chapter in the franchise and more than makes up for that poorly executed 1989 sequel we’d all like to forget.” Check out the full review here.

Susan Wloszczyna, “Instead, the same weakness that has plagued a goodly portion of major releases this year that rely on past successes for their reason to exist rears up again: the lack of the new and fresh. And what is different isn’t different enough or somehow seems a diminishment.” Check out the full review here.

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.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.