Green Lantern Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
How many more of these superheroes can we take?
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 20, 2011
He's an ambiguously...heroic hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 20, 2011
Apart from having no particular reason to exist onscreen, especially at these prices, it's not half bad.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 17, 2011
The result makes the movie seem assembled from bits and pieces of other superhero yarns rather than existing on a plane of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 17, 2011
The superhero genre is the home-court of the underdog, of skinny Peter Parkers and mutant outcasts, of heroes born from pain or ingenuity. In Green Lantern, the rich get richer.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 17, 2011
Even by the standards of the current run of mediocre comic-book movies, this one stands out for its egregious shoddiness.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 17, 2011
As a disjointed rumble in the cosmos, it's both too much and too little, and too dorky looking. In this case, Green means stop.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2011
At least the filmmakers acknowledge that Reynolds in green tights and mask still looks like his non-Green Lantern alter ego, cocky test pilot Hal Jordan. There's none of this Clark Kent/Superman silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 17, 2011
It's almost as if no one cared to try hard enough to tell a coherent and engaging story.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2011
[The] movie groans with the strain of explaining who Green Lantern is, while also trying to sell the movie as a big, eye-popping summer entertainment. What gets sacrificed on the altar of this new franchise launch is any real sense of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
June 17, 2011
Neither amusing nor exciting enough to ensure a long-running franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 17, 2011
A relentlessly silly superhero flick with eyeball-rolling dialogue - set in vast, familiar-looking digital realms that look like rejected models from the second "Star Wars" trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 16, 2011
Lantern rarely taps the charm Reynolds has shown in previous films. Consequently, it's hard to imagine why the nebulous Corps chose a cypher such as Hal as its savior.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
June 16, 2011
The result is a deadly disappointment, despite Ryan Reynolds's cocky, muscle-flexing charisma.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2011
Half-campy, half-compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 16, 2011
Green Lantern opens with the words "Billions of years ago..." Take that as a sign of just how much time this ostensible action movie spends explaining itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 16, 2011
"Green Lantern" is purely a popcorn movie for 12-year-olds, who won't be disappointed.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2011
More science-fiction space opera than superhero epic, it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production make it watchable in a comic book kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 16, 2011
Apart from some spiffy visual effects, which create coherent, scary textures and architecture for outer space, Green Lantern is the most generic of summer time wasters.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 16, 2011
Mr. Sarsgaard succeeds in creating a real guy with real passions. Apart from him there's nada.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 16, 2011
Green, we're told at some point in "Green Lantern,'' is the color of will. Based on the movie surrounding that line, it's also the color of won't. Won't make sense. Won't satisfy a soul. Possibly won't make a dime.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2011
About as enjoyable as an explosion in the mold lab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 16, 2011
Green Lantern is a new primer on how not to make a comicbook movie unless you want to screw shit up. Flat FX, smirky acting, clunky writing and clueless direction. WTF?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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June 16, 2011
Gleefully pulpy dialogue that evaporates on the comics page -- lines like, "You can't give in to fear! I know what it's like to be afraid to be afraid!" -- land with a series of heavy wet thuds on the cement floor of the cineplex.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 16, 2011
A mind-numbing, misguided pandemonium that ranks as the biggest comic book misfire since "Batman & Robin" battled Poison Ivy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 16, 2011
More "Daredevil" than "Dark Knight."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
Green Lantern's ring is cooler than Thor's hammer, but not as awesome as Ironman's suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2011
"Green Lantern" does not intend to be plausible. It intends to be a sound-and-light show, assaulting the audience with sensational special effects. If that's what you want, that's what you get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 16, 2011
There are movies willed to life by the passion of their creators, and there are movies like Green Lantern, which are willed to life strictly by market forces.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 16, 2011
Only in fits and starts, mostly in the most earthbound scenes between Reynolds and Blake Lively, does "Green Lantern" offer traces of real personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2011
I never thought I could feel sorry for Ryan Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 16, 2011
"Green Lantern" is bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 16, 2011
When it comes to the big questions, director Martin Campbell -- who knows about fresh starts, having twice revived the 007 series, first with "Goldeneye" and then with the recent "Casino Royale" -- seems to have most of the answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 16, 2011
"Green Lantern" isn't "Jonah Hex" bad. But it's silly enough to be part of the same "silliest Warner Brothers comic book summer movies of all time" conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 16, 2011
Campbell seems unsure of what to do with one of the most shopworn figures from the DC Comics stable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 15, 2011
The lantern kind of resembles a funky bong, and if you were to make use of one before seeing Green Lantern, the film would be a lot more fun.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 15, 2011
A joyless amalgamation of expository dialogue and special effects that aren't especially special.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 15, 2011
Even in the brainless world of cinematic comic books gone bad, it's as bad as it gets -- a dumb, pointless, ugly, moronic and incomprehensible jumble of botched effects, technical blunders, and cluttered chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 15, 2011
...a pretty joyless comic book movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 15, 2011
Martin Campbell's visually lavish sci-fi adventure is a highly unstable alloy of the serious, the goofy and the downright derivative.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 15, 2011
Darting between Earth and the rest of the cosmos, Green Lantern can be fun as spectacle (which is why kids may go for it), yet the whole movie is eye candy, and not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 15, 2011
Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn't take itself too seriously.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
Campbell's ADD style privileges spectacle over story -- so much so that the film never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on.