The Green Mile Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003

A deeply racist movie, though clearly none of the filmmakers thinks so... By the picture's end, we are asked to grasp electrocution as in some way an act of benevolence.

Full Review | Original Score: D-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000

Its 188 minutes of viewing time seemed like a life sentence.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Green Mile is irritatingly repetitious.

Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000

Darabont has an artful ability to use production values to make a film appear as though it were actually transporting you somewhere. But when the credits roll, you realize you never left Kansas.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 24, 2008

To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004

This movie is being described as inspiring? To me it just seems morbid, melancholy, sad, and far too long.

Full Review | Original Score: C
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000

If only there was a death row for movies...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000

The movie uses the emotional sentiments that death presents as a crutch of support for an otherwise weak and underdeveloped production.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Suffice it to say you must be willing to buy some pretty incredible stuff if you want to enjoy this experience.

Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
February 7, 2002

| Original Score: C
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002

Those whose lives Coffey touches may find relief from physical ailments, but they seem no freer, more hopeful, or nobler for the experience.

Full Review | Original Score: C
John Hartl
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Green Mile is more than an hour old before anything like a plot develops, and then it turns out to be such a sentimental-supernatural whopper that even Tom Hanks, usually the most casually credible of actors, is severely tested.

JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000

This film is slow, drawn-out, boring, uninteresting, unexciting, predictable and topped with a couple of one-dimensional 'evil' characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tom Keogh
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Green Mile is simply a case of severe overreaching and the illusion that an overstuffed movie is an epic movie.

Yazmin Ghonaim
Cinephiles
January 1, 2000

Falls under the weight of the more solid portrayals of evil, misfortune and injustice.

Susan Stark
Detroit News
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Green Mile effectively sideswipes the enduring hot political issues it raises to force viewers to a pro-Hanks position.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Darabont works big but thinks small, or at least without great complexity.

Bob Aulert
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000

It's hard to be affected by The Green Mile, for it rarely offers much background on any of its characters beyond their Central Casting pigeonholes.

Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000

One thing confirmed by The Green Mile is that if Tom Hanks' head gets any bigger, the rest of his movies are going to have to be filmed in IMAX.


Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

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