The Green Mile Reviews

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December 10, 2019
The simple fable can't stand such scrutiny. More pivotally, the weight given to each moment lends The Green Mile a ponderousness that works against the emotions the story seems to want to plug into.
February 28, 2019
Unfortunately the movie can never shake the uncomfortable and trope-filled premise.
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.
December 28, 2010
Thoughtful, intelligent movie for older teens.
December 6, 2009
...despite the clichs and stereotypes, the film's cast manages to lift it from the depths of the commonplace and make watching it enjoyable.
October 18, 2008
How many blockbusters deal with that kind of grief?
August 24, 2008
To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.
August 24, 2008
Though the film drifts off down some long blind alleys, when Darabont exercises discipline the result is highly effective.
February 14, 2008
Dotted with many fine moments, clotted with a few flabby ones.
February 5, 2008
Overextending its welcome, Frank Darabont's film is the most commercially popular adaptation of a Stephen King novella, but it's also a slow, often dull prison drama.
June 24, 2006
The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.
May 26, 2006
Although The Green Mile is a satisfying and affecting movie, it's not The Shawshank Redemption -- not by a long shot.
December 6, 2005
One of the best prison films ever made.
January 1, 2005
Mr. Jingles was robbed! (no mouse-Oscar)
December 6, 2004
This movie is being described as inspiring? To me it just seems morbid, melancholy, sad, and far too long.
June 26, 2004
Of all the movies based on King novels, The Green Mile ranks near the top -- but below Darabont's first, The Shawshank Redemption.
April 25, 2003
Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.
February 17, 2003
Darabont explores the range of human kindness and cruelty as he lovingly and patiently sculpts his large cast of characters against magnificent scenery.
February 8, 2003
Hanks and the other guards' acting is impeccable as would be expected, but Duncan and his fellow prisoners are also disturbingly real.
January 10, 2003
A deeply racist movie, though clearly none of the filmmakers thinks so... By the picture's end, we are asked to grasp electrocution as in some way an act of benevolence.
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