The Green Hornet

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It's sporadically entertaining, but The Green Hornet never approaches the surreal heights suggested by a Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen collaboration.

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Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), the heir to the largest newspaper fortune in Los Angeles, is a spoiled playboy who has been, thus far, happy to lead an aimless life. After his father (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets Kato (Jay Chou), a resourceful company employee. Realizing that they have the talent and resources to make something of their lives, Britt and Kato join forces as costumed crime-fighters to bring down the city's most-powerful criminal, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

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Critic Reviews for The Green Hornet

All Critics (238) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (132)

  • [It] clocks in at a bloated 118 minutes. There is not, I promise you, 118 minutes worth of vital plot, special effects or comic business in this movie.

    October 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
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  • Part origin story, part spoof, part bromance -- the movie can't decide. It winks at itself constantly, but only to hide its cluelessness.

    February 4, 2011 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • A facetious industrial product, and the first out-and-out bore of the year.

    January 24, 2011

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • Despite its obvious angling to become a franchise, this Green Hornet offers little that's worth committing to even the "cult flick" chamber of your brain.

    January 21, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • While The Green Hornet is a passable time killer, cineastes might go into shock that such an unremarkable piece of Hollywood mulch was helmed by French whiz kid Michel Gondry.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a patchy film, haltingly paced, but the visual invention is astonishing.

    January 19, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 02, 2014
    A spoiled playboy becomes a super-hero after his father leaves him a newspaper fortune. Seth Rogen proved in Take this Waltz that he can play a character that isn't just Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words, but this is Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words. The rest of the cast is a comic book farce with each character playing type with no dimension. The plot is about as predictable as it could be without a single twist or variation from the formula. Overall, I hope Seth Rogen got a lot of money for this film because aside from that, the film fills no other purpose.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2014
    I am assuming that the low score this one received was because people were expecting a more faithful reimagining of their childhood superhero instead of Seth Rogen(!) portraying the famous valiant persona. Indeed, the entire final product is absolutely uncorrelated with the original stunts and kicks of the TV show being aired in TCM as we speak; the spirit of David Sardy's catchy theme does not coincide with this "action/comedy"; the villains are cardboard cuouts (excluding the funny James Franco cameo). Clearly, I am not here to defend the film. I am here to state the obvious: 1) Michel Gondry is completely dependent on a good screenwriter for then complementing such script with his vision (I am looking at you, Kaufman), and 2) Gondry's inconstant quality variance is comparable to that of David Gordon Green. Everything listed so far is disturbing and disappointing, but are also potential elements that may distract our vision from what is a well-paced and awfully entertaining ride with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou accomplishing a great chemistry that nobody would have put a single bet on. Every single superhero story needs a readjustment to today's standards. I agree: a PG-13 formulaic comedy with a varied soundtrack and nothing special in between is not the best solution, but hell, this took off my weekly University stress. It turned out better than I thought. Because I was expecting a 2-star film, you know... Does that make sense? 54/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Once you get past the incredibly bad script and the super hero movie cliche's The Green Hornet although very uneven and trashy isn't terrible. I expected much more though from Michel Gondry because he works well with comedians, and I very much enjoyed Be Kind Rewind and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind when he worked with Black and Carrey but with Seth Rogen something must have went wrong. Otherwise, Michel Gondry is an amazing and ambitious director who is talented but tries too hard/little here. Was this even made by him really? This is nothing like his usually very surreal stuff. It's hard to tell because it's much more aggressive than his usual material. However, while this loud, big budget and utterly mainstream comic book flick is not that good. I will admit I found enough bits funny and enough bits entertaining to reccommend it.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I actually hated this movie. It was funny, BUT I CAME FOR AN ACTION MOVIE. Seth Rogen takes so much credit in this nobody even remembers the chinese guy. The plot was so pointless and forgettable that I cant even remember it. This movie was supposed to be great, but I saw nothing to like.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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