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Green Book Reviews

December 6, 2018
Call this actors' duet sentimental and simplistic at your own peril. Green Book may well move you, possibly to tears, at the thought of real social change and kindness (at a time when we need it badly).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2018
Green Book is effective and affecting while being careful to avoid overdosing its audience on material that some might deem too shocking or upsetting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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November 21, 2018
A well-meaning but glib and shallow ode to interracial healing.
November 21, 2018
This is an expertly-acted, perfectly telegraphed message movie that knows the buttons it's pushing, and pushes them all, right on cue. This is not a knock against it, it's a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 21, 2018
A heartfelt ode to the bond between two real-life men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2018
You watch "Green Book" wishing it were a little better but nonetheless enjoying how very good much of it is, thanks to Mortensen and Ali, who make every moment sing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2018
The acting is better than the dialogue, which is better than the plotting. And I have to confess that in the current, insanely divisive political climate, I enjoyed Green Book's spoon-feeding mightily.
November 19, 2018
M oviegoers who will leave this movie having learned for the first time that Dr. Shirley and Green Books existed but only through a white lens, deserved better than this shallow introduction to an integral part of Black history.
November 19, 2018
Humor... keeps the movie floating, weightlessly, above the appalling bedrock of its ponderous assumptions.
November 18, 2018
It's not quite Racism for Dummies, but the strokes are so broad and the tone so breezy that "I saw Green Book" could qualify as the new "I have a black friend."
November 18, 2018
The tone leans sentimental, if not quite sugary. But the actors' honest chemistry takes Farrelly's movie to the next level. This small tale of American goodness deserves your full attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2018
In a world that seems to get uglier every day, this movie's gentle heart and mere humanity feel like a salve.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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November 16, 2018
Witty and warm as cashmere, Green Book is a two-hander in which both stars soar with humor and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2018
Tony and "Doc" don't just learn from each other; this is heroic two-hander in which they both save each other too.
November 16, 2018
Thanks in large part to the winning chemistry between Ali and Mortensen, and a pretty darn inspirational true-life story as its foundation, this was one of the best times I've had at the movies this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 16, 2018
Intentionally or not, it flatters the delusion that racism, in its ugliest form, is more of a past-tense problem.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 16, 2018
A fine setup for two strong-willed characters to have at each other... Yet Green Book wears thin, and how could it not, since it's basically an illustrative construction in which each scene has a predictable shape and a clear-cut purpose.
November 16, 2018
This film cuts right through your defenses. That's because the performances by the two actors, especially Mortensen, are so hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 16, 2018
It's easy to wish "Green Book" itself wasn't quite so ham-fisted at times, or on-the-nose with its dialogue. But... the movie possesses hard-to-resist warmth in its underlying theme, and welcome humor in the mismatched buddy dynamic.
November 16, 2018
It's glossy and zippy, gliding along the surface of deeply emotional, complex issues while dipping down into them just enough to give us a taste of some actual substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2018
"Green Book" is a savvy and super effective piece of popular entertainment.
November 15, 2018
Peter Farrelly has fun with stereotypes but he also explodes them, especially the old canard of "polite" racism that is anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2018
There's not much here you haven't seen before, and very little that can't be described as crude, obvious and borderline offensive, even as it tries to be uplifting and affirmative.
November 15, 2018
"Green Book" fires on all cylinders, creating the kind of satisfying mainstream moviegoing experience that many observers thought Hollywood had forgotten how to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2018
It's the kind of movie that hammers on your heart even as it's tripping over its feet, hobbled by unexamined notions of race, ethnicity, and class. Don't look too closely, and you'll have a very good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2018
There's something so deeply right about this movie, so true to the time depicted and so welcome in this moment; so light in its touch, so properly respectful of its characters, and so big in its spirit that the movie acquires a glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2018
In fact, this film allows everyone to play against their Hollywood-prescribed "type," from the actors to the director, who is perhaps the most surprising revelation of them all.
November 14, 2018
It would be more insulting if Ali and Mortensen weren't milking the formula for all it's worth, gifting the film unearned grace with their magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2018
Thanks to the dream team of Mortensen and Ali, both giving Oscar caliber performances, audiences will be rightly cheering this hilarious and heartfelt true story of a black musician and his racist driver on a 1960's tour of the Deep South.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 13, 2018
It's the master class put on by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali that powers this moving and often hilarious work and gives it mass appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2018
A film that's remarkably conventional and shallow in its treatment of racism, but also an undeniable showcase for two great performers.
September 11, 2018
Distinctive and amusing turns by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make Peter Farrelly's first solo feature outing a lively and likable diversion.
September 11, 2018
Mortensen's role may be the showier of the two, but Ali is a marvel to watch in his musical performances.
September 11, 2018
A touching and meaningful look at race and class in America, the likes of which studios rarely produce anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: B