Ghostbusters Reviews: Hype and Gripes Aside, How's the Movie?

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Ghostbusters Reviews: Critics Weigh In on All-Female Reboot

It’s time to scrape off the online slime and see what “Ghostbusters” is all about — as a film, not a trending topic.

The good news for the Paul Feig-directed reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon is that it garnered generally positive reviews with critics admiring the stars’ comic chemistry and the all-woman casting. Opening Friday, “Ghostbusters” gets a 74 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Sunny, slimy and profoundly silly, the new, lady-centric reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ immediately silences the backlash and bluster that’s preceded it”Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ is a goofy, free-floating romp with an anarchic spirit of its own, a fresh set of scares and laffs and a moderate dose of girl power”Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“Yes, the final 20 minutes descend into big-budget overkill. (That happened in the original, as I recall.) But until then, this good-humored bonding story emphasizes the actresses’ gifts, rather than their gender. … We can be grateful that, for once, a remake wasn’t Ghostbungled”Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer

Chris Hemsworth Shines, According to Ghostbusters Reviews

But many critics couldn’t help but note that for a movie taken to task for swapping the male leads with women, it was ironic that a guy — Chris Hemsworth, playing a good-looking but dimwitted receptionist — who gets some of the best lines and heartiest laughs.

“Chris Hemsworth is the hilarious surprise of ‘Ghostbusters,’ which is less a remake of the 1984 comedy than a return to similar ideas with brand-new characters. … The scenes with Hemsworth are inspired silliness and, in them, director Paul Feig achieves a playful tone that’s quite unlike the rest of the movie, which occasionally sags under the weight of expectations” — Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press

And for some critics, while “Ghostbusters” survives the hype and gripes, it’s still haunted by the fact its a reworking of a classic comedy

“After all the online outrage, hand-wringing and cultural thinkpieces, the new Ghostbustersturns out to be business as usual — a bloated remake of a revered comedy that doesn’t reinvent its source material or add fresh perspective” — Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

“The four stars tried but weren’t given enough to work with. If you’re a real ‘Ghostbusters’ fan, your time would be better spent watching the original. Because this reboot doesn’t deserve its name.”Tony Hicks, Mercury News

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