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 16, 1989
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 53% 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.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

The sequel is, on the whole, a fairly mechanical spook show, filled with grinning ghosts that are definitely ghoulish but hardly menacing.

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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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Colette DeDonato
Common Sense Media

Murray's in his prime here as one of four fearless slime fighters in a sequel that is just about as funny and entertaining as the original.

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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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A rather underwhelming sequel...

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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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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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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