New Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Got Mixed Reviews From Top Critics
New Ghostbusters 2016 movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Columbia Pictures released their new action/comedy/sci-fi remake flick, “Ghostbusters,” into theaters today, July 15th, 2016, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics.
It turns out that they were pretty mixed on it, giving it an overall 60 score out of a possible 100 across 51 critic reviews at Metacritic.com.
The movie stars: Chris Hemsworth, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, below.
Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a 75 score. He stated: “McCarthy and Wiig are solid as the two pals who have to mend fences amid paranormal goings-on, but Jones is great as the quartet’s boisterous voice of reason and McKinnon is the film’s biggest and quirkiest standout.”
Sara Stewart over at the New York Post, gave it a 75 grade, stating: “Overall, though, Paul Feig’s (“Spy”) reboot of the 1984 classic is a goofy, big-hearted romp.”
Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 75 score, saying: “Sunny, slimy and profoundly silly, the new, lady-centric reboot of Ghostbusters immediately silences the backlash and bluster that’s preceded it.”
Manohla Dargis over at The New York Times, gave it a 70 grade. He stated: ” 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.”
Robert Abele from TheWrap, gave it a 70 score, stating: ” The getting-to-know-them is the best part of this Ghostbusters: these women are a true democratic caucus of funny. That leaves the aforementioned bloat — CGI bigness and the current vogue for drawn-out showdowns — the only nagging glitch, although it’s all slickly rendered by the visual effects team.”
Ty Burr over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score. He said: “The movie is genial, sloppy, slightly above average summer movie fun.”
Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 grade. He stated: “The big surprise here is McKinnon, also an SNL MVP (her Hillary is already iconic). She’s a live-wire whose every gesture, reaction and line-reading seems fresh and off-the-wall — a spontaneous eruption of hellfire hilarity.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 60 score, stating: “Silly is endangered these days, and normal has come under withering fire from stupendous, yet tedious, visual effects. Busting ghosts used to be a lot more fun.”
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score. He said: “With a cast as daring and quick as this one, Ghostbusters is too mild and plays it too safe.”
Susan Wloszczyna from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score, saying: “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.”
Justin Chang over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score, claiming: “A cheerful summer lark that briefly achieves comic liftoff but peters out well before its overblown Times Square climax, it proudly demonstrates that mediocrity — whether in the hunting of malevolent apparitions or the making of a mainstream comedy — is not, and never has been, an exclusively male pursuit.”
Stephen Whitty from the New York Daily News, gave it a 50 score, saying: “The all-new, mostly female Ghostbusters reboot is in theaters, full of terrific special effects, icky green slime, a horribly haunted Manhattan and, yes, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But the big laughs you’d expect from a “Bridesmaids” reunion of director Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy never materialize.”
Peter Debruge over at Variety, gave it a 50 score, saying: “While both funnier and scarier than Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original, this otherwise over-familiar remake from “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig doesn’t do nearly enough to innovate on what has come before.”
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade. He said: “It’s all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy.”
Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a pretty bad 25 score, stating: “To put it bluntly, Wiig and McCarthy are funny, but Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones aren’t. McKinnon, in particular, is shockingly out of place, and she helps drag down the movie.”
Richard Roeper over at Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 25 score, claiming: “Ghostbusters is a horror from start to finish, and that’s not me saying it’s legitimately scary. More like I was horrified by what was transpiring onscreen.” Stay tuned.Did You Enjoy this Post? Subscribe to Hollywood Hills on Facebook, Twitter, & Email