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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 Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat William Atherton regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced to eat his words when New York is besieged by an army of unfriendly spirits, conjured up by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"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
"Thirty years later, there are still rumblings of making another sequel, but no one would dare suggest a reboot or re-imagining; Ghostbusters is perfect exactly as it is."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Ghostbusters thrives on the fine line between taking it all seriously enough to be scary, then poking fun at it in the most creative ways possible."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"An exciting and fun genre hybrid rarely mastered."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"If you've never experienced GHOSTBUSTERS on the big screen, you really need to go see this. If not I'm afraid you'll have to turn in your geek card."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"GHOSTBUSTERS is a movie that I've seen well over a hundred times and I'm still not sick of it, nor do I think I ever will. It's an iconic comedy that I think has held up very well over the past 30 years."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Director Ivan Reitman keeps the Aykroyd-Ramis screenplay zipping right along, creating something like Abbott & Costello Meet the Exorcist. Aykroyd and Murray make the perfect summer tonic for raising spirits."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Only intermittently impressive."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This movie is an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A fantasy, but with no touches of reality at all, to be enjoyed for its zany humour typical of the "National Lampoon" school from which several of its contributors are drawn."
‑ Patrick Gibbs, Daily Telegraph
"If for nothing else, deserves to be fondly remembered for bringing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man into the world."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"In both the funny and the (mildly) scary moments, the cast does itself proud."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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