Ghostbusters 2
Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

Ivan Reitman's sequel to the phenomenally successful Ghostbusters is looser and more self-assured than the original. The film opens with a title reading "Five Years Later" and finds the ghostbusters living in hard times. A… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 29, 1999
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61%



Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to the cast, Ghostbusters 2 is reasonably amusing, but it lacks the charm, wit, and energy of its predecessor.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There's very little energy in the follow-through, and this time Murray's listlessness seems more anemic than comic.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Even the special effects are more to the point of the comedy than they were in the first film. For some reason, this appears to leave more room for the sort of random funny business that Mr. Murray and his friends do best.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An almost uniformly substandard follow-up that, since the original film remains so beloved by so many people, still gets to be disappointing even two decades and change later.

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Variety

Kids will find the oozing slime and ghastly, ghostly apparitions to their liking and adults will enjoy the preposterously clever dialog.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

You want more.

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Plenty of agreeable nonsense to develop within the larger Ghostbusters universe. It's a sincerely amusing movie, warmly energized to give fans a steamy second helping of the good stuff.

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Time Out

The film is largely an excuse for a cast get-together, with the Ghostbusters, under judicial restraining order after the havoc wreaked in part one, suffering lives of semi-obscurity.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Hammered together out of the junkiest of elements, the movie rattles along with a pleasing rambunctiousness, tossing off its quips and one-liners and scoring on a remarkably high percentage of them.

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Nick Schager
The Screengrab

Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
It's pretty tough for a sequel to best, let alone match it's predecessor, especially when the first one is an undisputed masterpiece. So yeah,… More
Graham Jones
Though not at all on par with the first, this sequel is still entertaining and satisfying.
Mike S
For a sequel to a masterpiece it couldn't possibly live up to, this is quite an underrated bit of fun. Not sure why so many hold it in such low regard,… More
Michael Edwards
Several years after the success that was the first Ghostbusters, a sequel was made, and it is a film that often is considered by many people as a mixed bag. Me… More
Alex roy
The Original Ghostbusters set a new standard for comedy, horror and Sci Fi. The first was a big hit, and is one of the best comedies with Sci Fi and horror… More
Directors Cat
Ghostbusters 2 shares the idea of investigating paranormal activity like the original and it still isn't anything you didn't see in the first one.… More

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