Even though the latest entry into the Ghostbusters franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, didn’t premiere in theaters until today, the reviews began to hit the internet well before the premiere. The early release of the reviews gave fans and moviegoers a good idea of where the critics stood on the film.
No Rotten Tomatoes has weighed in with their opinion, and even though the film has not garnered a dismal “rotten” status, the indications are that the response isn’t optimistic either. When last checked, the film was sitting on the site’s review aggregator as a very unflattering 67. The rating only services to enforce further the mixed feelings of critics towards the film.
When looking at the reviews on the site, many claim that it seems that the film plays to those hardcore fans of the franchise—which can either be seen as charming or a significant problem. There have also been critics that have said that the film, as a whole, is not all that funny, like its predecessors proved to be.
In a review of the movie by Spencer Perry over at Comicbook.com: “Beyond simply being a carbon copy of the two pillars of the franchise in terms of structure, Ghostbusters: Afterlife makes the shocking decision to largely strip humor out of the series entirely. There are certainly some gags and jokes, but it’s not a laugh a minute.”
The film was directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the original Ghostbusters maker Ivan Reitman, and stars Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Kim, and Celeste O’Connor.
Fans will be happy knowing that several original Ghostbusters cast members are returning, including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife premiered in theaters today, November 19, 2021.