Sorry, haters – everyone’s loving the new Ghostbusters

Critics think the reboot is a cracker.

Ghostbusters (2016)
Who you gonna call? Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters. Image Picture Sony

It’s had hundreds of thousands of downvotes on its YouTube trailers and endured a seismic fanboy backlash, but the Ghostbusters reboot looks like it isn’t a complete disaster after all.

The film opens in UK cinemas today and early reviews are giving it a resounding thumbs up. Reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has the comedy at a fresh 76%, with praise directed at new stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Here’s what the first reviews had to say…

Empire

“Still, the film works for the most part, and even though the laughs notably dry up as the CGI spectacular kicks into gear, its feelgood vibes will most likely have already won you over. The online haters didn’t have unparalleled insight about a film they hadn’t seen, then. Who’d have thought it?”

Digital Spy

“Ghostbusters is a massively enjoyable action comedy with a set of female badass busters who might just encourage young women to be scientists and academics and open the debate in Hollywood about gender a bit further.”

The Telegraph

“This kit is assembled by Abby’s colleague Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), an oddball nuclear engineer whose unnervingly off-kilter line delivery and expertise with close-quarters nuclear weaponry immediately qualify her as one of the most memorable movie characters of the year.”

The New York Times

“Sliding into theaters on a river of slime and an endless supply of good vibes, the new, cheerfully silly Ghostbusters is that rarest of big-studio offerings — a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun. And enjoy it while you can because this doesn’t happen often, even in summer, which is supposed to be our season of collective moviegoing happiness.”

Little White Lies

“What makes this new film work is that it never draws attention to its own ingrained progressiveness. Women starring in a summer action movie should not be something that requires self congratulation, and Feig allows the material to speak for itself.”

The praise doesn’t end there, either. Fans have flocked to social media to deliver high praise for a movie that, if pre-release buzz was to be believed, looked like it could’ve been one of the biggest blockbuster flops of 2016.

Well played, Team GB. Well played…

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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