'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews
On brightest screen, in threest-D, It's the latest franchisee! This superhero's super-slight; Beware two hours... Green Lantern bites!
Las Vegas Weekly
A whole lot of familiar superhero elements thrown together in a haphazard, uninspired way.
Cool powers? Check. Interesting villain? Check. Interesting girlfriend? Half a check. Angsty parental issues? Check.
Gleefully pulpy dialogue that evaporates on the comics page -- lines like, "You can't give in to fear! I know what it's like to be afraid to be afraid!" -- land with a series of heavy wet thuds on the cement floor of the cineplex.
Even the most hardcore fans should be leaving the theater saying 'In brightest day, in blackest night, may a really crappy movie escape my sight.'
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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
...a comic-book movie that lets its nerd flag fly.
Green Lantern fails to shine.
The digital effects and scenery are good; some action sequences, including Lantern's rescue of an out-of-control helicopter, blast the senses.
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."