'Green Lantern' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   36 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    50
    On brightest screen, in threest-D, It's the latest franchisee! This superhero's super-slight; Beware two hours... Green Lantern bites!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly
    40
    A whole lot of familiar superhero elements thrown together in a haphazard, uninspired way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    67
    Cool powers? Check. Interesting villain? Check. Interesting girlfriend? Half a check. Angsty parental issues? Check.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glen Weldon NPR
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Erik Childress eFilmCritic.com
    38
    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.'
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Devin Faraci Badass Digest
    There was a lot of potential in Green Lantern, almost all of it squandered.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Vejvoda IGN Movies
    0
    It's a frustrating, deeply flawed film rife with missed story opportunities and squandered potential.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Katey Rich CinemaBlend.com
    50
    At this point in the superhero genre the same old origin story simply isn't enough.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Poland 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    75
    ...a comic-book movie that lets its nerd flag fly.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Thelma Adams Us Weekly
    50
    Green Lantern fails to shine.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    60
    The digital effects and scenery are good; some action sequences, including Lantern's rescue of an out-of-control helicopter, blast the senses.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 years ago