'Ghostbusters': What the Critics Are Saying

GHOSTBUSTERS Leslie Jones Melissa McCarthy Kristen Wiig Kate McKinnon Still 3 H 2016
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An all-star female cast — Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones — lead the reboot of the franchise directed by Paul Feig.

The reviews of the highly anticipated female-led Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig are now in. The film's trailer — which features Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig along with Chris Hemsworth — received a wave of negative comments on YouTube but has recently opened to a mix of positive and negative reviews from critics.

The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney writes in his review, "The 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." Bottom line, Rooney calls the film "a bust."

"It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy," he added.

Read what other top critics are saying about Ghostbusters below:

The New York TimesManohla Dargis writes, "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. ... In other words, it doesn’t have a lot of XY chromosomes and basso profondo voices, though its token hottie, played by a game, nimbly funny Chris Hemsworth, pulls his weight on both those counts. Otherwise, the redo is pretty much what you might expect from Paul Feig, one of the best things to happen to American big-screen comedy since Harold Ramis."

Time's Stephanie Zacharek writes, "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."

The Guardian's Nigel M Smith writes, "Rejoice! The new Ghostbusters is good. Very good, in fact. It had to be. No comedy has faced more advance scrutiny — even hostility — than Paul Feig’s reboot of Ivan Reitman’s beloved 1980s hit.

"Most crucially, the mean-spirited reception to the film before anyone had seen it does not seem to have put a dampener on the movie itself. 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."

BuzzFeed News' Alison Willmore writes, "Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2016’s Ghostbusters is a movie both boosted by nostalgia and constrained by it, retracing the steps of its predecessor like someone who bursts onto a dance floor ready to show off slick new moves, only to get railroaded into doing the Macarena.

"It’s a funny visual, and Ghostbusters is a funny movie, centered on four comedic performances too strong to pick a standout. But there’s a pointedness to the moment that isn’t accidental: The new characters are literally crushed under the weight of a holdover from the original film. ... The interesting part is in how these characters bounce off of one another along the way, these brilliant, awkward, hilarious women who come to find they need affirmation only from one another. It’s a sight that’s worth all the nasty comment sections the internet has to offer."

Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson writes, "Ghostbusters, quick and dull and weightless, offers very little to root for. It spends so much time doing battle with its legacy that it forgets to be its own movie, putting a talented cast to waste and marking another disappointment in this dreadful summer movie season."

Lawson continues, "A lot of hopes, and well north of $150 million, are pinned on Ghostbusters, and the film is smothered under those huge, quadrant-y expectations. Its climax is a muddled, overwrought mess, full of green-screen and senseless zapping. (McKinnon has a nice moment amidst all this, but it’s cheaply telegraphed by an overeager music cue.) I am not a die-hard fan of the original Ghostbusters, but I can at least appreciate that it’s more an admirably offbeat horror-comedy than it is an epic action movie. Feig’s Ghostbusters tries hard to prove its place in the modern world, and in the summer blockbuster season, by turning itself into an aimless spectacular. That feels like a wrong read of Ghostbusters, and drowns out any wit and charm the movie has managed to create."

The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato writes, "Nevertheless, with a crackling sense of purpose and a surplus of reverence for their predecessors, new Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Saturday Night Live standouts Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones plant their own flag on a beloved sci-fi comedy franchise — even if it’ll still take a miracle from beyond to convert the hypercritical haters"