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The Green Hornet (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 228
Fresh: 99 | Rotten: 129

It's sporadically entertaining, but The Green Hornet never approaches the surreal heights suggested by a Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen collaboration.

25

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 33

It's sporadically entertaining, but The Green Hornet never approaches the surreal heights suggested by a Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen collaboration.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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In the 3D action-comedy The Green Hornet, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene - until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives:

May 3, 2011

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[It] clocks in at a bloated 118 minutes. There is not, I promise you, 118 minutes worth of vital plot, special effects or comic business in this movie.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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Part origin story, part spoof, part bromance -- the movie can't decide. It winks at itself constantly, but only to hide its cluelessness.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comment (1)
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A facetious industrial product, and the first out-and-out bore of the year.

January 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (7)
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Despite its obvious angling to become a franchise, this Green Hornet offers little that's worth committing to even the "cult flick" chamber of your brain.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (4)
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The Green Hornet doesn't seem worth the outrageous 3-D-glasses surcharge. In all senses, there's little that jumps out at you.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (2)
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There are elements of a sharp hero/sidekick inversion here: Kato is the handsome, brilliant inventor and karate expert; Britt is, well, rich enough to pay the salary of someone like Kato. But the inversion is inevitably incomplete.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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The whole film feels fairly self indulgent on Seth Rogen's part. It's rather dull and quite a letdown.

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Aside from the James Franco cameo, this story is one disappointment after another.

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

This movie would a helluva lot better with paper mache sets.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

I like Seth, you like Seth. We all like Seth. BADLY miscast, here. And so was the director.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A pleasingly average superhero movie whose greatest triumph is avoiding disaster.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

This had potential to be something of an action thrill ride, or at least a comedic, campy take on the usual superhero formula, but what we end up with is a directionless, pointless backdrop for blowing things up with some martial arts thrown in for kicks.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

A dud, that has a few bright spots.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There are some good ideas here but they're buried under masses of conventional superhero dross and half hearted execution. This is one vigilante who should really just leave all the hard work to the police.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

Hornet fans across generations will enjoy connecting this modern version to its pop-cultural roots stretching back more than seven decades,

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

A childish film written from a grade school perspective with neither quality nor excitement.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

Derivative of several molds and unable to really take command of any of them.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Aside from a brief split-screen sequence and a few deft special-effects, there's almost no sizzle to this goofy take on superheroics.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

...an uneven, disastrously overlong piece of work.

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Give me loose, idiosyncratic, comic meandering over stone-faced business-as-usual any day. It isn't the movie you're expecting, but it's got its authors' grubby handprints all over it.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

For what problems it does have it is a genuinely different take on this kind of material with a firm focus on action, character and humor. No one else should ever attempt to make a superhero movie quite like this, but for The Green Hornet it works.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comments (2)
ComingSoon.net

Seeing this movie in 3-D adds nothing to the experience. The most in-your-face thing about the movie is the crippling insecurity of all the main players, which rendered it painfully difficult to care about them. Waltz is delightful.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Gondry and Rogen walk a fine line between fairly brainless bro-medy and occasionally knowing examination of the superhero genre.

March 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

full review at Movies for the Masses

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Um longa que não só desaponta pelo roteiro, mas também (e aí o choque é maior) pela direção nada inspirada de seu realizador.

February 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Green Hornet

A spoiled playboy becomes a super-hero after his father leaves him a newspaper fortune.
Seth Rogen proved in Take this Waltz that he can play a character that isn't just Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words, but this is Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words. The rest of the cast is a comic book farce with each character playing type with no dimension.
The plot is about as predictable as it could be without a single twist or variation from the formula.
Overall, I hope Seth Rogen got a lot of money for this film because aside from that, the film fills no other purpose.
May 2, 2014
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To be honest I think they simply made this film purely to see the 'Black Beauty' (the car) realised and looking sexy as hell in a modern action film. I kinda got the same impression with the film adaptations of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and 'Starsky and Hutch'.

There is so much car porn in this film its quite incredible. I am a bit of a car bod myself so I admit it was quite nice to see the interior of Reid's garage, but geez! car porn!!. Still the whole thing is predictably your typical blockbuster fare with silly over the top stunts, obvious CGI in places and a very very unoriginal plot which seems to be the standard Hollywood plot formula for all films of this genre. Wash, rinse and repeat folks.

First up, the very odd Terminator style POV vision used for Kato when he fights was rather strange and misplaced I must say, what the hell! frankly. Also the nasty violent segments and graphic deaths of one or two people (Chudnosky especially) seemed out of place for what is advertised as a film for all. Its one of these curious blends where the film appears to be advertised for the family yet out of nowhere BLAMMO! nasty violence which certainly isn't for the kids. Is this a loose comedy parody or a semi violent crime fighting flick? make your minds up.

Cast wise Rogen wasn't too bad as Reid despite him sounding like Fozzie the Bear every time he raised his voice. Some of his quips were amusing yet harmless and his clumsy overweight attempts at action were funny in dumb slapstick kinda way. Chou as Kato was as you would expect really...slick, slim and fast, a basic Bruce Lee air of coolness about his person. The fact he is the guy that does all the actual dangerous heroic stuff yet Reid/The Hornet is useless and gets all the attention was pretty formulaic admittedly, but that's the main gag really.

It does work but also kinda smears the image of this crime fighting hero, bit like 'The Lone Ranger' flick really. Could you say they are ruining the legacy of these characters? I guess, but hey anything for a quick laugh and a quick buck right.

Waltz was good as the baddie of course although this type of film seems way below his standards and he did feel a bit out of place if you ask me. Diaz was hardly used and quite right too as shes practically useless in everything she's ever done and a terrible actress.

Usual silly adaptation from Hollywood here. The original show was a cult but this is just a churned out cookie cutter affair with much over the top nonsense just as we saw with 'Charlie's Angels' and 'The A-Team'. All of which will be (has been) forgotten in the blink of an eye. I'm still waiting for the obligatory film adaptations of 'Airwolf' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man'...come on down.
April 18, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Harris, Chad Coleman, Edward Furlong

Director: Michel Gondry

Summary: Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg (Superbad) apply their trademark humor to the superhero genre in this big-screen action-adventure about a newspaper-publishing playboy (Rogen) who dons a disguise to fight crime after hours. As the Green Hornet, Britt Reid's power is no longer limited to the printed page -- and thanks to a nimble martial-arts expert (Jay Chou), he has the skills to expose the city's roughest criminals.

My Thoughts: "It's fun, funny, full of action, and you get a great tag team in The Green Hornet and Kato. I like Seth Rogen, I find his kind of humor funny. He was great in this, but Kato a.k.a. Jay Chou completely stole the show. He was just great in this. The film is just so much fun with all the fight/chase scenes and the bantering back forth from Britt and Kato. I also loved Christopher Waltz as the insecure thug. Cameron Diaz does well in her small part as well. The car is amazing. All the gadgets are incredible. It puts a lot of super hero cars to shame. Loved the movie. Probably much more then other's will. Give it a go if you have yet too."
September 1, 2012
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    1. Chudnofsky: And so, thunder strikes lightning.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 months ago)
    1. Kato: Yes, it's works!
    – Submitted by Arum N (2 years ago)
    1. Kato: I don't want to talk. I barely speak English.
    2. Britt Reid/The Green Hornet: You're speaking English right now!
    – Submitted by Augustine S (2 years ago)
    1. Britt Reid/The Green Hornet: The Green Hornet. His reliable partner, the Blue Wombat.
    – Submitted by Augustine S (2 years ago)
    1. Kato: Want to see something cool?
    – Submitted by Nick W (2 years ago)
    1. Britt Reid/The Green Hornet: It's not dying that you need be afraid of, it's never having lived in the first place.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (3 years ago)
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