'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews

72%
MovieWeb:   36 reviews
26%
Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    70
    Cornball dialogue and poor characterizations drag down the successes of the incredible visual effects.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Darting between Earth and the rest of the cosmos, Green Lantern can be fun as spectacle (which is why kids may go for it), yet the whole movie is eye candy, and not much more.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    "Green Lantern" is bad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Reynolds - so good in recent movies like Buried and The Nines - just looks like a slice of inert beefcake.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    Lantern rarely taps the charm Reynolds has shown in previous films. Consequently, it's hard to imagine why the nebulous Corps chose a cypher such as Hal as its savior.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Jenkins Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Neither amusing nor exciting enough to ensure a long-running franchise.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    Green, we're told at some point in "Green Lantern,'' is the color of will. Based on the movie surrounding that line, it's also the color of won't. Won't make sense. Won't satisfy a soul. Possibly won't make a dime.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Campbell's ADD style privileges spectacle over story -- so much so that the film never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    More "Daredevil" than "Dark Knight."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Mr. Sarsgaard succeeds in creating a real guy with real passions. Apart from him there's nada.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    Half-campy, half-compelling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    42
    Green Lantern opens with the words "Billions of years ago..." Take that as a sign of just how much time this ostensible action movie spends explaining itself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    ...a pretty joyless comic book movie experience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Apart from having no particular reason to exist onscreen, especially at these prices, it's not half bad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    "Green Lantern" does not intend to be plausible. It intends to be a sound-and-light show, assaulting the audience with sensational special effects. If that's what you want, that's what you get.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Only in fits and starts, mostly in the most earthbound scenes between Reynolds and Blake Lively, does "Green Lantern" offer traces of real personality.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The result is a deadly disappointment, despite Ryan Reynolds's cocky, muscle-flexing charisma.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    About as enjoyable as an explosion in the mold lab.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    A mind-numbing, misguided pandemonium that ranks as the biggest comic book misfire since "Batman & Robin" battled Poison Ivy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    As a disjointed rumble in the cosmos, it's both too much and too little, and too dorky looking. In this case, Green means stop.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    Even in the brainless world of cinematic comic books gone bad, it's as bad as it gets -- a dumb, pointless, ugly, moronic and incomprehensible jumble of botched effects, technical blunders, and cluttered chaos.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Martin Campbell's visually lavish sci-fi adventure is a highly unstable alloy of the serious, the goofy and the downright derivative.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    A relentlessly silly superhero flick with eyeball-rolling dialogue - set in vast, familiar-looking digital realms that look like rejected models from the second "Star Wars" trilogy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    "Green Lantern" isn't "Jonah Hex" bad. But it's silly enough to be part of the same "silliest Warner Brothers comic book summer movies of all time" conversation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Campbell seems unsure of what to do with one of the most shopworn figures from the DC Comics stable.
    Full Review » 3 years ago