Ghostbusters II

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. 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, or to which they react with most aplomb.
  2. 80
    Ghostbusters II is babyboomer silliness. Kids will find the oozing slime and ghastly, ghostly apparitions to their liking and adults will enjoy the preposterously clever dialog.
  3. 80
    Here, the comedy breathes, and the illusion that it's not a factory-assembled product (which it most certainly is) is a nifty one. For a major studio blockbuster, the thing is darned chummy, and above all, that rare, modest thing, a good show.
  4. 70
    Everything and everyone you liked in the original are there. But GB II often seems like "Ghostbusters: The Preview Reel, Extended Mix," with its rather see-through buffet of special effects, comic bits and music-video transitions.
  5. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    70
    Ghostbusters II doesn't seem to be pushing as hard as its predecessor, which of course makes it even more fun. There's an old-shoeishness to the proceedings; even Murray's owlish put-downs seem a little less snide-they're almost affectionate, if that's not too outrageous a word in this context. [16 Jun 1989, p.1]
  6. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    63
    Ghostbusters II is a comfy experience for all concerned - easy bucks for the producers, easier yuks for the consumers; nothing ventured, money gained. [19 Jun 1989, p.D9]
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Jumbo budget and the same talent notwithstanding, the element of surprise is missing. And ghostbusters, it seems, need that every bit as much as their targets. [16 Jun 1989, p.1D]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 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 »