'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews
Film Freak Central
It's a mess, a boring mess, featuring boring Ryan Reynolds.
A lot of eye candy worth savoring, but next to nothing in the departments of wit, depth, heart, or insight.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Expectations were low for this superhero summer blockbuster wannabe, with Ryan Reynolds, and it meets them head on.
Green Lantern isn't just bad, it's Fantastic Four bad.
Green Lantern is lifeless, lacks emotional connection, charisma, good special effects, a flowing story-line and everything else that makes a movie entertaining.
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.
At this point in the superhero genre the same old origin story simply isn't enough.
...a comic-book movie that lets its nerd flag fly.
Movie City News
I didn't love this movie. But for the first half-hour, it had me, hungry for it to win me over completely. And then, it got too complicated.
The digital effects and scenery are good; some action sequences, including Lantern's rescue of an out-of-control helicopter, blast the senses.
Green Lantern fails to shine.
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.