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Green Zone (2010)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 96 | Rotten: 85

Critics Consensus: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films -- but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around.

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films -- but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 152,072


Movie Info

United 93 director Paul Greengrass explores the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in this feature adaptation of author Rajiv Chandrasekaran's literary exposé Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone. A onetime Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post, Chandrasekaran was present as American forces attempted to set up a provisional government on the grounds surrounding former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's opulent palace. The resulting governing body, according to critics, … More

R (for violence and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Brian Helgeland
In Theaters:
Jun 22, 2010
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Green Zone

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (85) | DVD (6)

Green Zone is the rare miss from frequent collaborators Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

It's one thing for the filmmakers to (sort of) fictionalize real people, but Green Zone wraps up with a wish-fulfillment fantasy that is about as believable as watching reinforcements riding in to save Custer.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Greengrass concocts a formula with a fighting chance of dispelling the Curse of the Hollywood Iraq Movie. If a picture as conventionally accessible as Green Zone tanks, that campaign is surely lost.

Full Review… | March 15, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Reduces policies that caused the deaths of thousands to the equivalent of a first-person-shooter video game.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Green Zone hits hard and doesn't forgive. It plays out like fiction, and in some ways it is. But in too many ways, it's not.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

When Mr. Greengrass made United 93, his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost exactly the opposite: it's about time.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

It takes a special kind of talent, the kind of talent that Paul Greengrass has, to make a movie as annoying as Green Zone.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

"Green Zone" simply offers up a fun, entertaining ride that has you on the edge of your seat throughout most of the film. If you are into the politics though, you may just find it a little more interesting.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

This is a frenetic and powerful action flick that brings the fight to you.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

A reasonably gripping entertainment.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

The story of the Iraq War is fascinating, but the checklist of talking points is not.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Film Blather

It's like Inglourious Basterds but without the fun.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Greengrass' Green Zone is about half political thriller and half action thriller and unfortunately it's only successful at one of those halves. Doubly unfortunate, the half that does work isn't the part he's interested in.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

As a politically-charged action film, it accomplishes the mission.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Frustratingly uneven...

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

An angry, critical movie, but in the name of accessibility it foregoes complexity and depth in a subject that requires it.

Full Review… | July 31, 2010
Window to the Movies

I'd likely be damning Green Zone for facile political messages if it weren't for the fact that more than a fair share of people out there are in desperate need of them.

Full Review… | July 5, 2010
Projection Booth

...there's a lot to like in directorPaul Greengrass' fast-break freneticism and in the evocatively fictionalized Iraq war story told here. It's nothing we haven't heard before, but - for Hollywood, at least - it's nuanced and exciting storytelling.

Full Review… | July 3, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Merece créditos por se preocupar em usar sua embalagem de "longa de ação" para abordar um assunto sério que deveria ganhar mais destaque na imprensa mundial.

Full Review… | May 26, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Green Zone says that not even Matt Damon in full fury can change much of anything.

Full Review… | May 8, 2010

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Full Review… | April 26, 2010

Green Zone begins with Shock and Awe, and Paul Greengrass tries to maintain that tone for the rest of the movie.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Entertainment Insiders

Part political thriller and part actioner, 'The Green Zone' is a war movie that will appeal to thinking audiences and those who appreciate a rush of adrenaline.

Full Review… | April 10, 2010
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A decent action film that tackles interesting subject material that deserves attention but many won't pay to see oversimplified finger-pointing even if it features some of our favorite actors.

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Green Zone


Paul Greengrass uses politics to mask what is ultimately a very generic Matt Damon vehicle.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Paul Greengrass has evolved into a director who now does action when he really does drama much better. I think he was at his best when he directed Resurrected, I can't help but think he should have kept what made that film great in mind when making Green Zone but then I guess it didn't make as much money. Green Zone is good but we've seen it all before and it will become just another film of its kind. Sadly for me it is the evidence of a good director folding to the machine, the greedy producers and the spoon fed public.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Paul Greengrass has made some terrific films in his career as a director. When he collaborates with Matt Damon, he always manages to create something entertaining and worth seeing. Green Zone is a highly entertaining action thriller set during the Iraq War. This is a well acted film that has a very good plot that makes this a very entertaining film from start to finish. The film focuses on an Army officer who hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction, and comes out empty handed due to faulty intelligence reports. This is a tense film that is yet another strong directorial outing for Greengrass, who always knows how to create something memorable with his movies. Green Zone is a fine movie that has a strong cast that deliver some terrific performances. If you're looking for affine thriller, then give this one a shot, it definitely is an engaging picture that will grab your attention. Matt Damon is terrific in the role of Roy Miller, the army officer hunting for the WMD's. Paul Greengrass is a terrific filmmaker and he always picks some terrific ideas for movies. This is yet another well crafted film from a great director, and this is a must see for action fans. This is a tense ride from start to finish and it overcomes its flaws by delivering a well layered plot with great acting and tense, thrilling scenes that will keep you hooked till the final frame. Whenever Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon get together they make something special, and the result is displayed clearly in this well executed action thriller. I found that this film was a bit underrated and it deserves to be seen by film fans everywhere, and it ranks among the directors best works.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

An explosive and strickly tense edge of your seat thriller. A sharp, crisp and well-crafted film that stands with some of Director, Paul Greengreass`s most impressive work. Director, Paul Greengrass and Star, Matt Damon do it again and deliver the goods. Matt Damon is terrific. Also packs some solid performanaces from Jason Isaacs. Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson. A pulse-pounding and razor-edged action-packed thrill-ride from start to finish. An intensely dramatic and political look as well as the harsh dreaded realism of the atmosphere. It`s a gritty, thrilling and riveting movie. It stands on par with the Bourne films in style but is its own beast.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Green Zone Quotes

Al Rawi: Your government wanted to hear the lie Mr. Miller... they wanted Saddam out and they did exactly what they had to do... this is why you are here...
– Submitted by Javairea A (24 months ago)
Roy Miller: Of course it matters! Reasons we go to war always matter!
– Submitted by Andrew D (2 years ago)
Roy Miller: You want to sit around digging holes all day, or get something done?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Martin Brown: You cannot just hand this country over to an exile no one's ever heard of, and a bunch of interns from Washington.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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