'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   36 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • Stephanie Zacharek Movieline
    60
    Reynolds is almost good enough to stand up to the gargantuan tower of emptiness that is Green Lantern, but he's fighting a losing battle.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ted Fry Seattle Times
    63
    Green Lantern's ring is cooler than Thor's hammer, but not as awesome as Ironman's suit.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jonathan W. Hickman Daily Film Fix
    60
    Short on story but visually entertaining, Green Lantern glows most brightly as a special effects showcase leaving dramatic pathos to other men wearing tights.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    20
    You'll need superpowers of your own to survive this hell.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    20
    an enterprise marked by an unlikable hero, patently unconvincing special effects and a muddled screenplay that chokes like LeBron James under the weight of giant gobs of raw exposition.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    38
    Lifeless, joyless, and a whole lot less than meets the eye. One has to wonder if all these superhero tales were created by way of "Mad Libs."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joanna Langfield The Movie Minute
    If, indeed, it is true there are only seven original stories in this world, surely the super-hero comic genre's got a corner on the market on one of them. Now, even the people behind the mounting of this same-old same-old seem kinda bored by it all.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    40
    Disappointing superhero movie that delivers a couple of decent set pieces but is ultimately let down by a laughably poor script, some extremely dodgy editing, a lack of humour and a non-committal performance from Ryan Reynolds.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Thomas Leupp Hollywood.com
    50
    For an actor so often praised for his down-to-earth demeanor, larger-than-life may simply lie outside of Ryan Reynolds' range.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    30
    As a superhero origin story, it's a major disappointment, including the surprising revelation during the final credits.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    20
    Two finger-drumming hours of puffed-up, prancing tripe, that couldn't have been any more irritating if the lead role was played by that bellowing Go Compare fatso.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Prairie Miller NewsBlaze
    Hallucinatory, glow in the dark gangbangers with trippy green bling. Which obscures the WW II roots of the DC comic that flourished back then, and subliminal focus instead on what green stuff was in the pipes those filmmakers may have been smoking.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stella Papamichael Digital Spy
    40
    Weakness is the Lantern's greatest strength. If anything, there should have been more chinks in his CG armour.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    Suffers from a terminal case of origin-osis, the disease that infects super-hero movies forced to explain a character's origin.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    42
    Watching this overproduced movie, which is devoid of real plot or characters, is like spending a day in amusement park, taking rides that vary in excitement, at the end of which you feel saturated and exhausted.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    The lantern kind of resembles a funky bong, and if you were to make use of one before seeing Green Lantern, the film would be a lot more fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    34
    The ring may not make mistakes when it chooses a new Green Lantern, but plenty of mistakes were made in bringing Green Lantern to the screen, and in the end, I have a feeling this is our one and only trip to Oa.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jordan Hoffman UGO
    84
    Green Lantern is, more so than most, an accurate representation of [the comic book] artform: brisk, enjoyable and, like a 30-page single issue, ephemeral.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Devin Faraci Badass Digest
    There was a lot of potential in Green Lantern, almost all of it squandered.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jim Vejvoda IGN Movies
    0
    It's a frustrating, deeply flawed film rife with missed story opportunities and squandered potential.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • JimmyO JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    60
    There's a tongue-in-cheek vibe that works occasionally as Lantern seems to have more in common with superhero flicks like FLASH GORDON...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elliott Noble Sky Movies
    60
    It's a comic-book cocktail for happy hour, a shot of quick-release gratification designed to give you a buzz from a top shelf of generic brands.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    Despite a winning aw-shucks performance from Ryan Reynolds, the film can't overcome its thinly drawn characters and generally hokey execution.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out New York
    40
    Whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground down under the Warners overlords' demographic-pandering heels.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire Metromix.com
    50
    The season's noisiest reminder yet that the amount of money thrown at the screen isn't nearly as important as the quality of the story being told.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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