One of the biggest raves for Ghostbusters came from the occasionally hard-to-please Manohla Dargis of The New York Times. "Sliding into theaters on a river of slime and an endless supply of good vibes, the new, cheerfully silly Ghostbusters is that rarest of big-studio offerings—a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun," she writes. "And enjoy it while you can because this doesn't happen often, even in summer, which is supposed to be our season of collective moviegoing happiness. The season when everyone jumps onboard (whee!) and agrees that, yes, this great goof is exactly what you were thinking when you wondered why they didn't make summer movies like they used to."
Dargis goes on to describe Feig's reboot as "satisfyingly familiar" yet "satisfyingly different" from the 1984 classic starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis. She admits that casting four women in the lead roles this time around is "kind of gimmick," but fortunately "one that the filmmakers and the excellent cast deepen with real comedy chemistry and emotionally fleshed-out performances." "Now, if we could just get women and men to be funny together, that would be revolutionary," she concludes. Indeed.