The Green Mile Reviews

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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August 24, 2008

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

Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

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

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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January 1, 2000

Although the current production runs three hours, I wasn't really bored at any point.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

The Green Mile is irritatingly repetitious.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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January 1, 2000

Moves with the suffocating deliberateness of a river of molasses.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Hartl
Film.com
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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.

John Anderson
Newsday
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January 1, 2000

Provides all the sturdy entertainment of any well-calculated crime drama.

Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

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

Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

One terrific flick!

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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January 1, 2000

Brilliant storytelling!

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David L. Beck
San Jose Mercury News
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January 1, 2000

Hanks adds another small masterpiece to his growing body of American portraits.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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January 1, 2000

The Green Mile often grabs, and generally holds, one's attention through the long journey.

Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Consistently captivating.

Sean Means
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Green Mile resonates.

Mike Clark
USA Today
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January 1, 2000

The movie is worth walking, if not a mile, at least a couple of blocks to see.

| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A vivid, emotional story.

Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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
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January 1, 2000

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

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

A cracking good yarn that earns its laughter, its wonder and its tears.

Robert Horton
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

An engrossing picture.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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January 1, 2000

A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

An epic!

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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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
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A terrific, powerful movie!

| Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

An affecting motion picture.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A manipulative but absorbing and deeply satisfying adaptation of Stephen King's prison novel.