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Ghostbusters Review Roundup — Funny Feminist Action Or Flimsy Fan Service??

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The new Ghostbusters surely ain't afraid of no ghosts… but should they be afraid of film critics??

After getting an unnecessary amount of flack from self-appointed protectors of the original film and misogynistic Internet trolls, the highly-anticipated Sony reboot is finally hitting theaters this weekend!

To the delight of its defenders, the Paul Feig comedy is scoring generally positive early reviews — but that's not to say the gender-swapped reboot didn't have any ghastly misfires.

Even the critics who praised the film's heavy laughs and action agreed it suffered the overbearing presence of the original 1984 film — and sacrificed good storytelling opportunity for fan service. (Way too many cameos!)

Photo: Leslie Slays With Sexiness At Ghostbusters Premiere!

Some critics also noted that leads Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig didn't have the same magic as they did in past Feig collabs like Bridesmaids and Spy — but the presence of Leslie Jones and scene stealers Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth made up for the lull in chemistry.

All in all, the reviews say audiences can expect a summer blockbuster full of spooky fun with a side of girl power — but maybe not much that's going to stick with you…

Ch-ch-check out the review roundup (below)!

Peter Debruge, Variety: "While both funnier and scarier than Ivan Reitman's 1984 original, this otherwise over-familiar remake from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig doesn't do nearly enough to innovate on what has come before, even going so far as to conjure most of the earlier film's cast (including Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) in cameos that undercut the new film's chemistry."

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: "Short on both humor and tension, the spook encounters are rote collisions with vaporous CG specters that escalate into an uninvolving supernatural cataclysm unleashed upon New York's Times Square. It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy."

Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News: "Saving the world and reliving memories of the older film isn't the interesting part of Ghostbusters. The interesting part is in how these characters bounce off of one another along the way, these brilliant, awkward, hilarious women who come to find they need affirmation only from one another."

Mara Reinstein, UsWeekly: "The talented stars are not to blame for a pointless, harmless and mildly funny remake that will leave most moviegoers shrugging their shoulders and musing, 'well, at least it's better than Ghostbusters 2.'"

Manohlia Dargis, NY Times: "It's hard to know if the movie started off being as meta as it now plays, but when these Ghostbusters are labeled frauds — or crack jokes about ugly online comments or take on a fan boy from hell — it sure feels as if Mr. Feig and his team are blowing gleeful raspberries at the project's early sexist attackers."

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: "With a cast as daring and quick as this one, Ghostbusters is too mild and plays it too safe. Somewhere, I bet, there's an R-rated director's cut of the movie where these women really let it rip. I want to see that movie."

Robert Abele, TheWrap: "It's understandable that this franchise relaunch would want to remind you of the original, but there's no getting around that this new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny enough to have earned space in the summer comedy firmament. And should it come to further installments, improving on Ghostbusters II wouldn't be that hard."

Jen Yamato, The Daily Beast: "[Kate McKinnon] is the secret weapon of this Ghostbusters. Aside from spewing rapid-fire technical jargon as the team's resident eccentric gearhead, McKinnon oozes visceral charisma with the swagger—sans the womanizing douchiness—of Murray's Venkman. She flirts brazenly with Erin, emanating cocksure confidence even if we learn very little about Holtzmann as a character. Hemsworth might be the beefcake on paper but it's McKinnon who'll leave moviegoers crushing."

Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail: "From the moment they all cram into a room together – this time above a Chinese restaurant, versus the original's abandoned firehall – it's comedic gold. The performers simply click, in much the same way Murray and company seemed so fully formed before Slimer even entered the picture."

Liz Braun, Toronto Sun: "McCarthy does her very best well-mannered-but-exasperated Everywoman here, and the dialogue includes bits of ‘polite women dithering' that are truly hilarious. Wiig is at her best, Jones is a revelation, Chris Hemsworth is a wonderful surprise in the movie and Kate McKinnon steals the show."

Are they right? You can find out for yourself when Ghostbusters opens everywhere July 15!

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