Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 8, 1984
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.

Joseph Gelmis

Ghostbusters is like romping through Disneyland's haunted house with Bill Murray.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Part of the sheer joy of this movie -- aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray -- is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.

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Sarah Brinks
Battleship Pretension

I also really appreciate that Aykroyd and Ramis' script is so tightly structured but joke dense. There is practically no wasted time in this film.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Ghostbusters is primarily a showcase for Murray, who slinks through the movie muttering his lines in his usual cheeky fashion and getting off an occasionally hilarious crack that proves he's thoroughly enjoying himself.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

It's the thrills of wraith-combating, action-packed citywide devastation, and carefree attitudes that highlight the adventures and give the film a strong sense of originality.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

The plotting may be primitive, but it's all carried off with far more style and finesse than one might expect from the creators of Animal House and Meatballs.

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Juan Luis Caviaro

It is not intended to change anyone's life, just invite you to follow a fun and crazy group. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
I know a lot of Gen-Xers hold a nostalgic place in their hearts for the original "Ghostbusters," but I just couldn't really get into it. Bill… More
Mark Hobin
Ghostbusters is quite simply one of my most beloved films of all time. The iconic production is a perfect marriage of a special effects extravaganza with… More
Carlos Magalhăes
I think I will never really grasp what made this mildly entertaining movie so adored when it was released; it is funny and has great performances (especially… More
MisterYoda ?
five stars...
KJ Proulx
"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional… More
Daniel Mumby
There are a select number of films held in such high regard in popular culture that to even faintly criticise them is considered heresy. Like Star Wars before… More