The Green Hornet Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
[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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 4, 2011
Part origin story, part spoof, part bromance -- the movie can't decide. It winks at itself constantly, but only to hide its cluelessness.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 24, 2011
A facetious industrial product, and the first out-and-out bore of the year.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 18, 2011
The Green Hornet doesn't seem worth the outrageous 3-D-glasses surcharge. In all senses, there's little that jumps out at you.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
January 14, 2011
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.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 14, 2011
A big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2011
Here's a 3-D movie that should have been shot in Zero-D.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 14, 2011
The big-screen Green Hornet, while hardly classic comic-book filmmaking, ain't half bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 14, 2011
Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 14, 2011
Once you get to the fiends and fights that make a comic book movie really work, things go stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2011
An anemic, 97-pound weakling of the action comedy persuasion, "Hornet" is a boring bromedy that features mumblecore heroics instead of the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 14, 2011
Michel Gondry has crafted an irreverently funny, ultramodern take on the 1930s radio serial, with a vibe so casual you half expect star Seth Rogen to amble off screen and put his feet up on the seat next to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 14, 2011
There might be a funny movie in a story about a crime fighter who's in it only for the publicity, but "The Green Hornet" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 14, 2011
There's simply no center here, no sense that someone is guiding the ship.
| Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 14, 2011
Quite a bit less than the sum of its appealing parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2011
There's nothing here but a concept and a marketing and merchandising strategy, at the center of which somebody - oh, no - had to come up with an actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 13, 2011
Even as a mindless diversion, it's weak.
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
January 13, 2011
This morning, the unconscious bodies of three pickpockets were found in front of the Post's offices. Safety-pinned to one was an envelope containing the following movie review.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 13, 2011
Is Gondry aware that he's making a film about both white male privilege and sexual harassment in the workplace?
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 13, 2011
The film's only unqualified success is the end title sequence -- because it's genuinely stylish, because it looks like it was shot in genuine 3-D and, most of all, because it's the end.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 13, 2011
There are some nifty things in between the lulls...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 13, 2011
The movie these guys have come up with is fresh, funny and a bewildering surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 13, 2011
You'd expect Gondry's version of a superhero movie to be either brilliantly creative or spectacularly misguided, and it's neither; just sporadically funny but more often plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 13, 2011
Hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of filmmaker and material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 13, 2011
It's a strange, shapeless, rarely satisfying, but generally amiable movie in which everyone appears to be faking it as they go along, and almost -- almost -- getting away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2011
By the time The Green Hornet collapses into a mess of hackneyed car chases and flying glass and bullets, it feels less like the promised irreverent take on the superhero genre, and more like the latest iteration of the Rush Hour movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 13, 2011
The first nearly awful film of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 13, 2011
The movie lopes along from one half-baked scene to the next, interrupted on occasion by car-porn sequences involving the hero's luminous limo the Black Beauty.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 13, 2011
As directed by Michel Gondry, Hornet's visuals have a few pixilated flourishes. But the production design is more cluttered than eye-catching, and the near-pointless use of 3-D simply muddies the photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 13, 2011
A too-clever-by-half attempt to both satirize and celebrate the superhero genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 13, 2011
I'm pleased to report that the movie is entirely watchable and often pretty fun, in a mishmashed, patchy kind of way. Put that on your poster, Columbia Pictures!
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2011
Too much. Too numbing. Too coy. And ultimately too violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 13, 2011
"The Green Hornet" is an almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2011
The story falls apart, while Gondry ratchets up the silly action so far over the top the structure of the film can't support it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 12, 2011
If unmodulated decibel level and childish, dorkish energy alone could lower a city's crime rate, then consider the cartoon bad guys of cartoon Los Angeles flattened.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 12, 2011
Did I mention that the movie's in 3-D? Someone should have let Gondry know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 12, 2011
Rogen is just playing a version of the good-natured, wisecracking slacker he plays in everything, which never feels like a comfortable fit alongside the coolly efficient Chou.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 12, 2011
The Green Hornet provides a half-hour's worth of mildly entertaining travesty before collapsing in a clamor of bombastic action sequences and lame wisecracks.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 12, 2011
Despite some entertaining moments, this long-in-gestation crime-fighter feature never reaches top speed.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 12, 2011
This Hornet is a big, boisterous action-comedy - a funny, exciting and intentionally goofy summer movie that just happens to arrive in the middle of January.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 12, 2011
[Gondry] has done a stellar job of putting his wacky auteurial stamp on a comedy which is only semi-coherent but still very funny and impeccably fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 12, 2011
Injecting a devil-may-care attitude into a franchise-focused blockbuster only gets you so far. When all is said and done, this wasp's got no sting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 12, 2011
The film is a blast.