There is more attention to special effects than to humor.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
What's not to like?
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
This movie is an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Only intermittently impressive.
Dean Essner - Variety
Whoever thought of having evil's final manifestation take the form of a 100-ft. marshmallow deserves the rational mind's eternal gratitude.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
"Ghostbusters" is a fun romp with a couple of comedy's greatest stars at the top of their game.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
As funny, spooky and marvellous as ever.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It provoked huge box-office success in 1984 and is still director Ivan Reitman's defining movie.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
The leads' chemistry is almost, well, spooky, Dan Aykroyd's nerdy enthusiasm rubbing deliciously against a persona-perfecting turn from Bill Murray - and there's even the odd surprise.
Andrew Lowry - Total Film
The often dazzling, special effects-driven slapstick tends to overshadow the fact that there are some slyer, more sophisticated laughs on offer in this blockbusting family comedy.
John Ferguson - Radio Times
Paranormal fun for tweens and up; some scares.
Alex Orner - Common Sense Media
A comedy first, a horror film second... but a successful enough hybrid of those things that it would be wrong to try to limit it generically.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The movie's tongue-in-cheek (and pre-subprime) satire of surging capitalist hubris is scarcely mitigated by the necessary fairy-tale ending.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
Stuffed with wisecracking, punning and essential deadpanning care of the film's most notable star performer Murray (who has such delivery down as a fine art), the film also packs in a half-decent narrative.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
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Rory L. Aronsky - Screen It!
Fantastic all the way
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
With his deadpan delivery and snide quips, Murray more than holds his own amid the myriad state-of-the-art special effects.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The story of a trio of incompetent 'experts' in the paranormal (Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis), who set up as ghostbusters after they are canned from their college sinecures, is less cynical a construction than it sounds.
Dean Essner - Time Out
The perfect marriage of big-budget sci-fi spectacle and character-based comedy schtick.
Scott Weinberg - DVD Clinic
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Dan Aykroyd's inventive comedy concept for Ghostbusters attracted an all-star comedy team to bust out an classic of mainstream '80s cinema.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
One of a kind super comedy of ghosts & special effects
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Everyone's at the top of their game for this one. Even Ernie Hudson has never been this good since.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
A screwy and mischievous movie fueled by endless reserves of comic energy
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A classic. Funny, great special effects and a cultural phenomenon.
Fred Topel - About.com
The epitome of 80s comedies and source of many a pop culture tagline.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
For six months in 1984, no one could escape this film; only when the hype died down could its wit and humor be appreciated.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
It's nowhere near as good as it's supposed to be.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Murray and scribe Ramis defy all logic and turn it into a movie you'd want to watch over and over.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Reitman did well with his casting, turning in one of the most original comedies ever.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The perfect Xer movie.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
I had a good giggle watching Ghostbusters again, and I recommend checking it out for an evening of turn-your-brain-off entertainment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The comedy here is solid gold, Bill Murray is in peak form, and the effects are a lot of fun.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
As entertaining today as it ever was, a classic to be treasured by all.
Caroline Westbrook - Empire Magazine
It remains as one of the more entertaining pieces of cinema of the previous decade.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Ghostbusters (1984) is the comedic tale of three ghost exterminators in the city of New York.
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films