The Green Mile Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2011
Much of the three-hour movie takes place in the prison, but the resonant characterization, expansive plotting, and judicious use of exterior locations and flashbacks turn the walls into windows.
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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.
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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
In its own old-fashioned way, Frank Darabont's style of picture making is well matched to King-size yarn spinning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
By taking the extra time, Darabont has made King's The Green Mile into a story which develops and unfolds, which has detail and space.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Although the current production runs three hours, I wasn't really bored at any point.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile is irritatingly repetitious.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Moves with the suffocating deliberateness of a river of molasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Film.com
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.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Provides all the sturdy entertainment of any well-calculated crime drama.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Unassumingly strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile is simply a case of severe overreaching and the illusion that an overstuffed movie is an epic movie.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The three-hour-plus film permits the kind of detailing that not only brings the storytelling to life, but sometimes persuades us we're breathing to its rhythms.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
One terrific flick!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Brilliant storytelling!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David L. Beck
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Hanks adds another small masterpiece to his growing body of American portraits.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile often grabs, and generally holds, one's attention through the long journey.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Consistently captivating.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile resonates.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The movie is worth walking, if not a mile, at least a couple of blocks to see.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A vivid, emotional story.
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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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A cracking good yarn that earns its laughter, its wonder and its tears.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
An engrossing picture.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The movie taps into a vein of Dickensian sentiment, nightmare and idealism, ribaldry and tragedy that give it that part-dark, part-shining fairytale quality that imbues most King tales and all three of Darabont's features.
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January 1, 2000
An epic!
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Frank Darabont is such a committed filmmaker, and believes so earnestly and intensely in the stories he puts onscreen, that it seems unsporting to point out that hokum is his middle name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A terrific, powerful movie!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
An affecting motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
A manipulative but absorbing and deeply satisfying adaptation of Stephen King's prison novel.