“It Is A Legitimate Sequel” – Hideo Kojima Bluntly Reviews Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire


  • Video game designer Hideo Kojima offers his review of
    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.
  • Kojima’s review of
    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
    is vague but leans towards negativity.
  • The film also holds a rotten 44% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is lower than its predecessor.

Hideo Kojima offers his candid review of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Released on March 22, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the follow-up to Ghostbusters: Afterlife and is currently in theaters. Kojima is a video game design visionary famous for his creation of unique games such as Death Stranding, Policenauts, and Metal Gear. Kojima is currently working on an immersive video game with Jordan Peele titled OD.

Taking to social media, Kojima has written his blunt review of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. The video game designer revealed that he had just watched Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. In a vague statement, he called the film “a legitimate sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

Though he says that he “enjoyedGhostbusters: Afterlife, implying that he may have also enjoyed its “legitimate sequel,” Kojima’s review of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire proceeds to be extremely vague. In one nondescript statement, he says that “the staff and cast are the same as before,” which he said was different from the casting surprises in its predecessor. Kojima also noted that “Kumail-San was in it,” referring to Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire actor Kumail Nanjiani.

How Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Is Being Received

Though his main creative medium exists in video games, Kojima is known for being a cinephile. His Twitter bio reads “Game Creator: 70% of my body is made of movies.” He is apt to review films on social media, often with a sense of straightforwardness. The fact that Kojima is well-seasoned in this medium is part of what makes his Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire review so amusing, as it feels largely factual rather than actually critical of the movie.

Even in its opacity, Kojima’s review of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire seems to slant towards the side of negativity; he is definitely not gushing about the movie. This lackluster response to the Ghostbusters sequel has not been uncommon since the film’s release. Currently, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire holds a rotten 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. This positions the film significantly lower than 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which brought in a 64% Rotten Tomatoes score. Both Afterlife and Frozen Empire had fairly large audience approval ratings, scoring 94% and 84%, respectively.

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Frozen Empire’s Rotten Tomatoes & Box Office Are A Harsh Reality Check For The Ghostbusters Franchise

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the 5th installment in the Ghostbusters franchise, and its box office hints at some harsh truths about the film series.

Despite the decent audience reviews for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the film is having a lackluster run at the box office thus far. It set the unfortunate franchise record of having the largest second-weekend box office drop, with revenue falling 65% from its opening. At the time of writing, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has grossed just $116.8 million worldwide. This is not enough yet to fully make back its estimated $100 million budget, putting Frozen Empire in a perilous box office position. So, it looks like Kojima is not the only one who feels unexcited towards the Ghostbusters sequel.

Source: Hideo Kojima / Twitter

Ghostbusters Frozen Empire Poster Featuring the Crew Steppingout of Ecto 1 and Facing Ice Creatures in New York

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire continues the story of a new generation of ghost hunters composed of Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Podcast (Logan Kim), who received help from the original team in the previous movie. Paul Rudd returns as Gary Grooberson and franchise co-creator Ivan Reitman returns to write and produce.

Gil Kenan

Release Date
March 22, 2024

Columbia Pictures , Bron Creative , Ghost Corps , Right of Way Films

Sony Pictures Releasing

Jason Reitman , Gil Kenan

115 Minutes