Ghostbusters Franchise Ranked On Rotten Tomatoes: From Paul Rudd's Frozen Empire To Bill Murray's OG Film; Find Out Which Film Has The Highest Rating
Ghostbusters Franchise Ranked On Rotten Tomatoes: From Paul Rudd’s Frozen Empire To Bill Murray’s OG Film; Find Out Which Film Has The Highest Rating. (Photo Credit – IMDb)

The Ghostbusters franchise is once again back with the sequel of the reboot that came out in 2021. The original film came out in the 80s and was not only commercially successful but critically praised. The latest film in the franchise, Frozen Empire, has yet to have a worldwide release; it premiered in New York City’s AMC theatres a few days back and came out across the USA on Friday.

The latest release stars Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, and others from 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The 2024 film reunites the old and the new cast. The OG characters returned for this recent film, including Bill Murray and Annie Potts. Gil Kenan directed it, which is currently the franchise’s lowest-rated film. Keep scrolling for more.

From 1984’s Ghostbusters to 2024’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, we have brought the films’ Rotten Tomatoes scores and ranked the movies accordingly. Let’s see where the Paul Rudd-led movies lie on the list. The ranking is done based on the Tomatometer scores.

5. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

  • Cast- Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and others.
  • Directed by – Gil Kenan
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score – 43%

The Spengler family returns to the iconic New York City firehouse, where the original Ghostbusters have taken ghost-busting to the next level. When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters, new and old, must unite to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

4. Ghostbusters II (1989)

  • Cast – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and more.
  • Directed by – Ivan Reitman
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score- 55%

The second film in the franchise is closely related to the first movie. After saving the city from a ghost attack, the Ghostbusters group is disbanded for demolishing parts of the city during the battle. Bill Murray’s character, Peter Venkman, learns that the spirits have taken an interest in his son, so they launch a rogue ghost-chasing mission.

3. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

  • Cast – Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd
  • Directed by – Jason Reitman
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score – 64%

It is the fourth film in the franchise and revolves around a single mother and her two kids. They move into a new town and discover having a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

2. Ghostbuster (2016)

  • Cast- Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Neil Casey, Andy García, Cecily Strong, Charles Dance, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, and Chris Hemsworth.
  • Directed by – Paul Feig
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score – 74%

It is the reboot of the OG film and fell flat compared to it. It is about paranormal researchers Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out, is also joining the team. The four women prepare for an epic battle with countless ghosts.

1. Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Cast – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and others.
  • Directed by – Ivan Reitman
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score – 95%

The synopsis reads, “After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from destruction.”

Paul Rudd led Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was released in the USA on March 22, 2024.

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