Ghostbusters Reviews: 10 Reactions You Need To Know

78% on Rotten Tomatoes? It's a miracle!

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Columbia Pictures

It's hard to think of a movie that received quite as much pre-hate as the Ghostbusters reboot. When it was first announced that the titular foursome would be played by - brace yourselves - women, the world went absolutely crazy. One popular online critic even stated in a viral YouTube video that he wouldn't even bother to go see it, so offended was he by its very existence (very mature).

Due out in cinemas across the globe this coming Friday, Ghostbusters has already landed in the UK slightly early (on a Monday, of all days: how strange). As such, a good number of critics have seen the flick and have had time to form their opinions.

And you might be surprised to learn that, after all the hubbub, Ghostbusters is... well, fine, actually. Neither fantastic nor terrible, the critical consensus thus far paints a film that avoids stamping aggressively over the legacy of the original and instead manages to be a perfectly enjoyable - if not unnecessary - reboot that manages to entertain for the length of its runtime. It's not amazing, but it isn't pure evil, either.

So, guys, it's time to sit back, relax, and take a deep breath as we comb through a number of early reactions that you need to know...

10. It's Nowhere Near As Good As The Original (But That's Okay)

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Sony pictures

A common thread running through most of the reviews so far is the fact that Ghostbusters isn't anywhere near as good as the original, a verdict backed with the positive note of that not necessarily being a bad thing. Who expected it to be better than the original movie, after all? We only wanted "not awful," right?

In his review for MovieWeb, critic Julian Roman said that "Ghostbusters isn't remotely on par with the original, but by no means terrible," a sentiment that was also echoed by Eric Eisenberg of CinemaBlend in his own review, who stated:

"No, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters is not as good as Ivan Reitman's 1984 hit. But it is still a fun blockbuster worthy of curiosity and delivering a great number of laughs."

Pajiba's critic Rebecca Pahle had something similiar to say:

"Feig’s Ghostbusters isn’t as good as Ivan Reitman’s. That said, Ghostbusters is still a very fun, solid action comedy."

Movie-goers were probably expecting a movie that fell way, way short of the 1984 version, but the critics have generally agreed that, although this Ghostbusters isn't anywhere close to the stand of the Reitman film, it isn't plainly rubbish, either.


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.