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The Green Mile Reviews

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.
August 24, 2008
To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.
June 24, 2006
The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.
April 25, 2003
Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
In its own old-fashioned way, Frank Darabont's style of picture making is well matched to King-size yarn spinning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
By taking the extra time, Darabont has made King's The Green Mile into a story which develops and unfolds, which has detail and space.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Although the current production runs three hours, I wasn't really bored at any point.
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile is irritatingly repetitious.
January 1, 2000
Moves with the suffocating deliberateness of a river of molasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile is more than an hour old before anything like a plot develops, and then it turns out to be such a sentimental-supernatural whopper that even Tom Hanks, usually the most casually credible of actors, is severely tested.
January 1, 2000
Provides all the sturdy entertainment of any well-calculated crime drama.
January 1, 2000
Unassumingly strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile is simply a case of severe overreaching and the illusion that an overstuffed movie is an epic movie.
January 1, 2000
The three-hour-plus film permits the kind of detailing that not only brings the storytelling to life, but sometimes persuades us we're breathing to its rhythms.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One terrific flick!
January 1, 2000
Brilliant storytelling!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Hanks adds another small masterpiece to his growing body of American portraits.
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile often grabs, and generally holds, one's attention through the long journey.
January 1, 2000
Consistently captivating.
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile resonates.
January 1, 2000
The movie is worth walking, if not a mile, at least a couple of blocks to see.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A vivid, emotional story.
January 1, 2000
The Green Mile effectively sideswipes the enduring hot political issues it raises to force viewers to a pro-Hanks position.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Darabont works big but thinks small, or at least without great complexity.
January 1, 2000
A cracking good yarn that earns its laughter, its wonder and its tears.
January 1, 2000
An engrossing picture.
January 1, 2000
A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
January 1, 2000
The movie taps into a vein of Dickensian sentiment, nightmare and idealism, ribaldry and tragedy that give it that part-dark, part-shining fairytale quality that imbues most King tales and all three of Darabont's features.
January 1, 2000
An epic!
January 1, 2000
Frank Darabont is such a committed filmmaker, and believes so earnestly and intensely in the stories he puts onscreen, that it seems unsporting to point out that hokum is his middle name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A terrific, powerful movie!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
An affecting motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A manipulative but absorbing and deeply satisfying adaptation of Stephen King's prison novel.