Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    The movie and everyone in it remain, under Ivan Reitman's determinedly casual direction, very loosely organized. They amble agreeably, but not necessarily hilariously, from one special-effects sequence to the next. These are not better, worse or even different from the original's trick work, and their lack of punctuating surprise is the film's largest problem, especially at the shamelessly repetitive climax. [26 June 1989, p.89]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
  3. Reviewed by: Llyod Sachs
    50
    As amiable and formfitting as Ghostbusters II can be, it's a thin, dimly conceived affair. For all its rave-up special effects, it adds little to director Ivan Reitman's original, which itself was no fountain of wit but at least had a fresh gimmick going for it. [16 Jun 1989, p.37]
  4. 50
    The film gets by on the sheer good-naturedness Reitman is able to place in all of his efforts, though it doesn't seem likely to inspire the same level of affection as the original. Innocence is one quality that can never quite be recaptured. [16 Jun 1989, p.28]
  5. Rather wan in its anything-goes spirit of invention, the movie has a surprisingly low number of laughs; some of the initial premises are good, but there's very little energy in the follow-through, and this time Murray's listlessness seems more anemic than comic.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 7, 2015
    9
    This one is actually better than the first one by a bit. Ghostbusters is a great movie in the 80's and I really enjoyed it. The ghosts wereThis one is actually better than the first one by a bit. Ghostbusters is a great movie in the 80's and I really enjoyed it. The ghosts were better this time. The theme song is back. The plot and storyline is good. I enjoyed the part when the Statue of Liberty came to "life". The Second Ghostbusters is very good and I recommend you watch it and once again, if ya hate Ghostbusters, you're silly as J. Bieber. I really recommend you watch this one, and unlike 1, this one is underrated. Full Review »
  2. Apr 6, 2015
    7
    underrated sequel. I really liked Ghostbusters 2. every thing that is good in the 1st film is hear. it is a very fun film to watch. I guess Iunderrated sequel. I really liked Ghostbusters 2. every thing that is good in the 1st film is hear. it is a very fun film to watch. I guess I can see why people do not like this film but for me it was pretty good. Full Review »
  3. Dec 30, 2014
    7
    I know this movie was far inferior to the first Ghostbusters, but it definitely had its moments and a lot of memorable scenes. Even theI know this movie was far inferior to the first Ghostbusters, but it definitely had its moments and a lot of memorable scenes. Even the ridiculous one where they drive the statue of liberty in New York City. Although this movie was dissapointing, it was still good. 7/10 (Good) Full Review »