Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Who Ya Gonna Call? Not New Ghostbusters: Critics Pan “Frozen Empire” with a 45%

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Officially, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” has been slimed by critics this morning.

On Rotten Tomatoes, 47 reviews have resulted in a 45% splat. Previews begin tonight.

I’m not surprised. Instead of making a great follow up to “Afterlife,” producers reverted to churning out a new version of the old movies from the 80s.

The trades were so-so in their reviews, but The Guardian wrote: “The time has come for Hollywood to allow the spurious Ghostbusters franchise to join Jurassic World and Aquaman in the bin and think of something new.”

The Daily Beast reviewer Nick Schrager: “It all resembles a lot of cosplaying, although its central failing is foregrounding cacophonous mayhem and middling melodrama over the drollness that defined the first two Ghostbusters movies.”

It sounds like a bust, but the first weekend will be big enough with fans of the original queuing up for some nostalgia. Me? I’ll wait for it to turn up on American Airlines.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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