Green Room

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Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.



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GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain't Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren't meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club's depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain't Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown. Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, Green Room is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that's completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy-elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.

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Critic Reviews for Green Room

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (46)

  • How can you resist a film that, metaphorically, throws Simon & Garfunkel, Fugazi and Slayer into the same moshpit?

    May 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] dourly aggressive, in-your-face thriller.

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For all the shock value of the explicit gore, the horror isn't the kind that lingers. Still, it's fun while it lasts -- that is, presuming you have a reasonably morbid idea of fun.

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's all put together with great skill, but never quite manages to deliver more than its modest, stripped-back story will allow.

    May 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Scrape off the scum, and you'll find Green Room full of visual artistry, dark humor, smart writing, and glints of humanity.

    May 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It takes a while for the solid premise to unravel...and for the better portion of its running time Green Room functions as a highly effective thriller.

    Apr 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Green Room

  • Jan 11, 2019
    Few films in recent years created such a terrifying and hopeless situation within an instant. You can almost physically feel the suspense. And then, to make things worse, the film presents some of the nastiest wounds and horrible deaths of the genre. And in the end, when the dust settles, we learn that even Nazi scum is loved by their dogs. Anton Yelchin will be missed, this is one of his strongest performances.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2017
    A group of kids in a punk rock band get caught up at the wrong gig: It's slightly more tense than your average survival horror flick, thanks in part to Patrick Stewart's lowkey and menacing performance. A haven for neo-Nazi skinheads accompanied by their intense heavy metal music is a fitting setting for the gruesome violence that ensues. Speaking of the violence, it's relentlessly brutal. Close-ups of someone getting shot in the face with a shotgun and a dog tearing apart a throat are a few examples. While these elements do take the conventional premise to a fresh horizon, it's the type of horror movie where the kids get picked off one by one, making it a stylish but nonetheless conventional horror flick.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2016
    Green Room was written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and is a slasher film about a failing punk band including Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), and Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders). A chance gig finds them in a Neo-Nazi bar in Portland. After witnessing a murder, the band is held captive by the club owner (Sir Patrick Stewart) and must escape before ending up dead. This movie has been building up a following since its limited theatrical release, with people gushing over a villainous role for Stewart. After watching it, I'm confused by all the hype. While the premise is new and intriguing with the Neo-Nazi subplot, Green Room ends up being nothing more than another cliche slasher movie. Similar to Don't Breathe, the protagonists in this movie are really unlikable characters, and this doesn't change throughout the course of the movie. There just aren't any character arcs that one would expect from going through such a traumatic experience. The violent scenes were well-done and effective, but that's really about it. Patrick Stewart didn't do much besides stand around telling other people to get to work. What could have been a horrifying antagonist was really tame, disappointing me further. In the end, Green Room is well put together with a premise oozing with potential, but its lackluster characters and overall story fall short. Don't waste your 90 minutes on this one, folks. Final grade: C- -Ben
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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