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Green Lantern (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 168

Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology.

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 36

Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology.

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In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal

Oct 14, 2011

$116.6M

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All Critics (227) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (168) | DVD (8)

How many more of these superheroes can we take?

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap | Comment (1)
TheWrap
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He's an ambiguously...heroic hero.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (27)
Richard Roeper.com
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Apart from having no particular reason to exist onscreen, especially at these prices, it's not half bad.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (9)
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The result makes the movie seem assembled from bits and pieces of other superhero yarns rather than existing on a plane of its own.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (8)
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The superhero genre is the home-court of the underdog, of skinny Peter Parkers and mutant outcasts, of heroes born from pain or ingenuity. In Green Lantern, the rich get richer.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (3)
The Atlantic
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Even by the standards of the current run of mediocre comic-book movies, this one stands out for its egregious shoddiness.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (39)
Slate
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It often feels like there are two separate stories featured in this comic book flick but neither of them is particularly interesting.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

This is a blue-light special version of a superhero movie. This is what happens when they go wrong. This is what happens when they don't care.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Across the board Green Lantern is an average experience. There is zero character development, an overly confusing plot and way too much dodgy CGI assaulting the screen.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Not "Jonah Hex" bad...but almost.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

"Green Lantern" does have a fair share of problems and yet is not quite as bad as some are making it out to be. It merely gets added to the long list of superhero films as one of the more forgettable ones

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

I would say that this film is 50/50 good and bad. The stuff that works really works, but the stuff that doesn't work doesn't really work.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

There's a bit more character in the extended cut, but the film is still a mess of tones, driven by a Star Wars-like narrative but cut down by a sloppy Transformers feel.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Thinks it is more impressive than it actually is. Faced with over-blown effects, characters look flat and disappear into the background without a whimper, thanks to an insipid script and the film-makers' unwillingness to flesh out anyone but Hal Jordan.

January 2, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

While it doesn't reach the heady heights of Iron Man, it's a worthy addition to DC's movie universe.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Comments (2)
SFX Magazine

In an attempt by the script to be both epic and snarky, director Martin Campbell and actor Ryan Reynolds did the best they could with what they were given to work with.

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comment (1)
MovieCrypt.com

More science-fiction-y than most superhero films with some cool intergalactic visuals, the story can't quite make the most of Ryan Reynolds' charisma...

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It drones on, needlessly complicating the story line with too many character relationships and too many dull stretches.

October 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

You'll need all the navigational help you can get, lantern or otherwise, to make it through this unfocused, CGI-driven mess of a movie.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

whereas Marvel's summer movie Thor revelled in its outlandish setting, Green Lantern dithers between realism and all-out fantasy.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

I've always considered DC's Green Lantern to be one step too far over the line into "come on, that's just silly" territory. (Fresh, but only just)

August 21, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Acaba se revelando um passatempo relativamente divertido e agradável.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Comments (3)
Cinema em Cena

Before Hal Jordan's big-screen debut, I'd never heard of the guy. And now, having sat through the confused mess that is Green Lantern, I don't mind if I never hear of him again.

August 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comments (4)
Moviedex

Green Lantern is all CGI sheen and no soul, taking the comic book movie one giant leap backwards in its inept attempt at creating a would be dazzling adventure.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Green Lantern

Wow, I was WAY too nice to this when I first saw it.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

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This movie will be good if the viewer decides to leave his/her brain at home. The human brain naturally finds faults with or can pick apart things that are wrong. At times we overlook these kinds of mistakes if something is truly spectacular over all. These mistakes are too prevalent in Green Lantern. For instance, gravity effects the heroes in space but oxygen doesn't? Apart from that the plot is very thin and antagonists were not developed. Characters in general were badly developed, aside from Hal. Something with so much promise as the Green Lantern ended up being something slip-shoddily made and ultimately forgettable. I'm sorry Armand White, you got this one right.
August 7, 2013
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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Green Lantern seems to be that one superhero movie that everyone seemed to hate and was extremely panned by critics, and to be honest I don't really see anything really insanely bad about it like everyone else. While yes I think Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan is a strange choice and feel more like he could play the Flash more than the Green Lantern, one of my favorite Superheroes but he does the role actually pretty well in my mind and he is pretty funny IMO. Many of the actors actually do pretty good jobs too, except for two, Tim Robbins and Peter Sarsgaard. While I love Robbins in films like Shawshank Redemption, he really is given almost nothing to work with in this film at all, he is mainly just there and does almost nothing the whole film and Sarsgaard is just so obnoxious in the movie and really just feels almost pointless and especially since he was not really as involved or as big of a villain in the comics (I did like how he had a Pokemon Sapphire game in his house which was pretty funny). The effects in the film also all look great especially the fantastic designs of all of the different Lanterns during the scene where all the lanterns meet to discuss the problem of Parallax, which he is a fantastic effect in and of itself (plus it was awesome to have Clancy "Mr. Krabs, Mr. Freeze" Brown play him).
February 9, 2013
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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    1. Dr. Hector Hammond: Well, I used to fight my fears. But now that I've tasted its true power, I'll never go back!
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
    1. Parallax: You are afraid. Good.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Hey, Carol. Was gonna do a little flying today. What do you think?
    2. Carol Ferris: I think you're late.
    3. Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Yes, that's only because I slept in.
    4. Carol Ferris: I used to sleep in. Then I turned 11. Let me give you a little heads-up. I've gone up against these Sabres all week and they have smoked me every time. There isn't anything that you can do that they can't do better, faster and without disappointing women everywhere.
    5. Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: I, uh, think we both know that's not true.
    6. Carol Ferris: This is exactly why I didn't want you for this. My father did. I would've gone with Jensen.
    7. Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: I'd have gone for Jensen too. But unfortunately, he's busy not being good enough.
    8. Carol Ferris: At least he shows up. Hal, this test today, it's important.
    9. Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: I got it. I'm gonna make you look good up there. Don't worry, okay? Now let's get these pants off and fly some planes.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)
    1. Tom Kalmaku: That's the best you could come up with for your first big appearance? Racetrack.
    2. Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Oh, I'm sorry. Did I disappoint you?
    – Submitted by Aeen G (2 years ago)
    1. Kilowog: Gravity's a bitch.
    – Submitted by Daniel E (2 years ago)
    1. Green Lantern: I know, right?
    – Submitted by Mike B (2 years ago)
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