88

TV Guide

With his deadpan delivery and snide quips, Murray more than holds his own amid the myriad state-of-the-art special effects.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Ghostbusters is one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production.
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80

Time

By Richard Schickel
Whoever thought of having evil's final manifestation take the form of a 100-ft. marshmallow deserves the rational mind's eternal gratitude. But praise is due to everyone connected with Ghostbusters for thinking on a grandly comic scale and delivering the goofy goods, neatly timed and perfectly packaged.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Although it reunites the comic talents of director Ivan Reitman, writer Harold Ramis and star Bill Murray, the team responsible for the Meatballs phenomenon, their style here is far more laid-back and relaxed. There are still plenty of laughs, but not of the frantic sledgehammer variety.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Judged by the standards of the comedies that preceded it (and only by those standards), Ghostbusters is relatively sophisticated: it substitutes the silly for the gross, and even manages at the odd moment to take silliness into the sublime. [9 June 1984]
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60

Variety

Within the top-heavy cast, it’s Murray’s picture, as the popular comedian deadpans, ad libs and does an endearing array of physical schtick.
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50

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
However good an idea it may have been to unleash Mr. Murray in an ''Exorcist''-like setting, this film hasn't gotten very far past the idea stage. Its jokes, characters and story line are as wispy as the ghosts themselves, and a good deal less substantial.
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67 out of 100
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