Movie reviews: 'Ghostbusters'

Ghostbusters © Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Ghostbusters Here’s what the critics are saying about Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth:

The Guardian

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. An update or upgrade to the original, not a rebuke to it, or to its fans, although certainly a rebuke to those who believe that being funny is an XY chromosome thing. This is a blockbuster. Read the complete movie reviews here.

The Verge

Ghostbusters gets in its digs here and there: at one point McCarthy and Wiig’s characters pore over online comments and dismiss them as worthless and sad. But mostly, it doesn’t play up any girl-power messages, or get particularly preachy about its feminism. It’s enough to just put these women in these roles, and let them go to town. Unlike so many of the people attacking this film sight unseen, the film itself doesn’t fuss over its stars’ gender. It just focuses on humor, surprises, and having a good time. That feels like a justification for existence all on its own. Read the complete movie review here.


It’s not the plot that makes this reboot so much fun but the comic chops of the leading ladies – all Saturday Night Live veterans – who merrily bounce gags off one another with McKinnon the standout and Jones, as paranormal eyewitness Patty, also memorable. Read the complete movie review here.


Ghostbusters is neither the great comedy of its age, nor an “Everything you are doing is bad. I want you to know this” disaster. Its mere adequacy may become the most important part of its legacy, especially if it’s a hit. Ghostbusters makes the case for the conventionality of a female-fronted blockbuster while also arguing that such a thing can be just as “Eh, it’s okay” as any male-fronted one. Read the complete movie review here.

The Wrap

It’s understandable that this franchise relaunch would want to remind you of the original, but there’s no getting around that this new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny enough to have earned space in the summer comedy firmament. And should it come to further installments, improving on ‘Ghostbusters II’ wouldn’t be that hard. Read the complete movie review here.

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