The Green Mile Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
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
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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
January 1, 2000
If only there was a death row for movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mac Verstandig
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
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John Hartl
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'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
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Tom Keogh
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
January 1, 2000
Falls under the weight of the more solid portrayals of evil, misfortune and injustice.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
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
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Darabont works big but thinks small, or at least without great complexity.
Bob Aulert
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.

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