Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Ghostbusters” Scores a Robust 78 Among Critics, May Surprise The Naysayers After All


Is the new “Ghostbusters” a terrible movie that no one should see? The fanboys would like you to believe it– they’ve been denouncing Paul Feig’s movie almost since before it was made.

But guess what? The new “Ghostbusters” has a robust 78 on Rotten Tomatoes. It has 50 positive reviews and 14 negative ones.

On Saturday night, Sony-Columbia hosted a red carpet premiere on Hollywood Boulevard at what used to be Grauman’s Chinese Theater. They gave the film its first real show of support after negative stories ran about the movie’s merchandise being sold at clearance prices by Target.

Fact is, “Ghostbusters” is a funny summer hit. I don’t know why Sony didn’t do more for it in New York– given that the movie takes place in Times Square and most of the cast lives here. Very weird.

But “Ghostbusters” may surprise everyone come Friday. It’s not like a single publicist has spoken to me about it, but I’ll tell you go see it and make up your mind. There are plenty of good laughs. And the cameos are all worth it– right til the end of the movie (don’t leave or you’ll miss Sigourney Weaver).

This movie is a nice vindication for producer Amy Pascal, too. She was ousted from Sony last year after the hacking scandal, but it’s her name on the screen in giant letters. She knows how to make movies, ya know. She just isn’t good with email. (This is true of so many powerful women lately!)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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