'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews
Big Picture Big Sound
Ryan Reynolds' most heroic feat in this effects-laden comic book adaptation is saving it from being a complete dud.
Let there be light? Eh, not so much.
Director Martin Campbell has somehow managed to make the origin story the least interesting part of the film. And when that comprises a big chunk of your movie, it results in a pretty joyless experience.
Scott A. Mantz
Green Lantern is no Iron Man -- and, for that matter, it's no Green Hornet either.
...it screams for a coherent, well-told story.
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.
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."
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.