Green Book Reviews

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May 3, 2019
Green Book is a glib, caricatured and insensitive movie that reduces an enduring, dangerous societal problem to a calculated fable with a happy ending. [Full review in Japanese]
March 8, 2019
Is it a feel-good charmer poised to rake in greenbacks and Oscar gold? You bet! But don't let that keep you away from this overall well balanced (and timed) look forward from the safe distance of America's motley past.
February 18, 2019
The screenplay essentially turns Shirley into a black man who thematically shapeshifts into whoever will make the story appealing to white audiences - and that's inexcusable.
February 4, 2019
[A] flawed but oddly joyful movie elevated far above its limitations by two sublime performances.
February 1, 2019
A bizarre fish-out-of-water comedy masquerading as a serious awards-season contender by pretending to address the deep wound of racial inequality while demonstrating its profound inability, intellectually and dramatically, to do that.
January 30, 2019
Well, it's a handsomely made and watchable picture and there is a real warmth in Ali and Mortensen's performances.
January 30, 2019
Just enough (laughing) gas in the tank to merit its two-hour runtime.
January 23, 2019
The performances are superb, on the back of a tight script.
December 19, 2018
First-rate execution can't solve all of a film's problems, but Mortensen and Ali offer a reminder that it can solve an awful lot of them.
December 7, 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).
November 28, 2018
Mortensen and Ali are a joy to watch, but Green Book is just a warm bath of clichés.
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.
Top Critic
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.
November 21, 2018
A heartfelt ode to the bond between two real-life men.
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.
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
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.
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