'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews
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.
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All the glowing green bolts of light may be enough for a summer action film, but can't disguise the soulless, by-the-numbers approach. And Reynolds' hero has no personality.
Sci-Fi Movie Page
A soulless thrill ride, making a familiar comic book commotion without a sparkling personality or daring script to keep it awake. A superhero film shouldn't feel like a bedtime story.
As Norm Macdonald would say, 'Wait, what?'
Reynolds is a charismatic lead, but the filmmakers miss the mark by making all the outer space stuff seem cartoony and the story on Earth cornball and dull.
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."
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.
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.
For an actor so often praised for his down-to-earth demeanor, larger-than-life may simply lie outside of Ryan Reynolds' range.
As a superhero origin story, it's a major disappointment, including the surprising revelation during the final credits.
News of the World
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.
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.
Weakness is the Lantern's greatest strength. If anything, there should have been more chinks in his CG armour.
Hollywood & Fine
Suffers from a terminal case of origin-osis, the disease that infects super-hero movies forced to explain a character's origin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a lot of potential in Green Lantern, almost all of it squandered.
It's a frustrating, deeply flawed film rife with missed story opportunities and squandered potential.
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.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
There's a tongue-in-cheek vibe that works occasionally as Lantern seems to have more in common with superhero flicks like FLASH GORDON...
Despite a winning aw-shucks performance from Ryan Reynolds, the film can't overcome its thinly drawn characters and generally hokey execution.
Time Out New York
Whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground down under the Warners overlords' demographic-pandering heels.
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.