Ghostbusters 2
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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 restraining order has forbidden the boys to partake in paranormal warfare, and as a result they have had to seek other lines of work. Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) spend their time performing at children's' birthday parties, and Egon (Harold Ramis) is busy conducting experiments investigating the effect of human emotions on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"There's very little energy in the follow-through, and this time Murray's listlessness seems more anemic than comic."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Frankly, Murray, Sigourney Weaver and even Aykroyd deserve much better."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"A terrible disappointment, a shockingly self-satisfied and unforgivably slapdash sequel."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Kids will find the oozing slime and ghastly, ghostly apparitions to their liking and adults will enjoy the preposterously clever dialog."
‑ , Variety
"You want more."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A little of a rehash but still good."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Feels like a blueprint concocted by the bean-counters at Columbia Pictures."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original."
‑ Nick Schager, The Screengrab
"Almost as sharp as the first film and only suffering slightly from the inevitable repetitions."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Bottom line: with Murray on fire and enough clever dialogue to rival its predecessor, Ghostbusters II is good enough to put post-milennial comedy to shame."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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