Ghostbusters (1984)

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators". When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Ghostbusters is primarily a showcase for Murray, who slinks through the movie muttering his lines in his usual cheeky fashion and getting off an occasionally hilarious crack that proves he's thoroughly enjoying himself.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Whoever thought of having evil's final manifestation take the form of a 100-ft. marshmallow deserves the rational mind's eternal gratitude.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It's almost impossible not to smile while watching it.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

The plotting may be primitive, but it's all carried off with far more style and finesse than one might expect from the creators of Animal House and Meatballs.

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Variety Staff

Only intermittently impressive.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Part of the sheer joy of this movie -- aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray -- is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

On balance, Ghostbusters is a hoot. It's Murray's picture, and in a triumph of mind over matter, he blows away the film's boring special effects with his one-liners.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Essentially a $30 million version of Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy but not at all a bad time, thanks mainly to Bill Murray's incredibly dry line readings and director Ivan Reitman's maintenance of a moderately coherent tone and plotline.

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Brian Henry Martin

What you realise about Ghostbusters thirty years on is that Bill Murray is a comedy genius.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional… More
Daniel Mumby
There are a select number of films held in such high regard in popular culture that to even faintly criticise them is considered heresy. Like Star Wars before… More
Mark Hobin
Ghostbusters is quite simply one of my most beloved films of all time. The iconic production is a perfect marriage of a special effects extravaganza with… More
Chris Weber
This is easily one of the most popular films ever made. And thankfully, it's also actually an excellent piece of work in its own right. What we get here… More
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five stars...
Eugene Bernabe
A fun-filled comedic adventure that's a true defining film of it's decade. Ghostbusters' combustion of laughter, special effects and a tactical… More