Cornball dialogue and poor characterizations drag down the successes of the incredible visual effects.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Darting between Earth and the rest of the cosmos, Green Lantern can be fun as spectacle (which is why kids may go for it), yet the whole movie is eye candy, and not much more.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
"Green Lantern" is bad.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Lantern rarely taps the charm Reynolds has shown in previous films. Consequently, it's hard to imagine why the nebulous Corps chose a cypher such as Hal as its savior.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Neither amusing nor exciting enough to ensure a long-running franchise.
Mark Jenkins - Washington Post
Green, we're told at some point in "Green Lantern,'' is the color of will. Based on the movie surrounding that line, it's also the color of won't. Won't make sense. Won't satisfy a soul. Possibly won't make a dime.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Campbell's ADD style privileges spectacle over story -- so much so that the film never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
More "Daredevil" than "Dark Knight."
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Mr. Sarsgaard succeeds in creating a real guy with real passions. Apart from him there's nada.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Green Lantern opens with the words "Billions of years ago..." Take that as a sign of just how much time this ostensible action movie spends explaining itself.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
...a pretty joyless comic book movie experience.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
"Green Lantern" does not intend to be plausible. It intends to be a sound-and-light show, assaulting the audience with sensational special effects. If that's what you want, that's what you get.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Only in fits and starts, mostly in the most earthbound scenes between Reynolds and Blake Lively, does "Green Lantern" offer traces of real personality.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The result is a deadly disappointment, despite Ryan Reynolds's cocky, muscle-flexing charisma.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Reader
About as enjoyable as an explosion in the mold lab.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A mind-numbing, misguided pandemonium that ranks as the biggest comic book misfire since "Batman & Robin" battled Poison Ivy.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
As a disjointed rumble in the cosmos, it's both too much and too little, and too dorky looking. In this case, Green means stop.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Even in the brainless world of cinematic comic books gone bad, it's as bad as it gets -- a dumb, pointless, ugly, moronic and incomprehensible jumble of botched effects, technical blunders, and cluttered chaos.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Martin Campbell's visually lavish sci-fi adventure is a highly unstable alloy of the serious, the goofy and the downright derivative.
Justin Chang - Variety
A relentlessly silly superhero flick with eyeball-rolling dialogue - set in vast, familiar-looking digital realms that look like rejected models from the second "Star Wars" trilogy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
"Green Lantern" isn't "Jonah Hex" bad. But it's silly enough to be part of the same "silliest Warner Brothers comic book summer movies of all time" conversation.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Campbell seems unsure of what to do with one of the most shopworn figures from the DC Comics stable.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's almost as if no one cared to try hard enough to tell a coherent and engaging story.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
[The] movie groans with the strain of explaining who Green Lantern is, while also trying to sell the movie as a big, eye-popping summer entertainment. What gets sacrificed on the altar of this new franchise launch is any real sense of fun.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
"Green Lantern" is purely a popcorn movie for 12-year-olds, who won't be disappointed.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Even by the standards of the current run of mediocre comic-book movies, this one stands out for its egregious shoddiness.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The result makes the movie seem assembled from bits and pieces of other superhero yarns rather than existing on a plane of its own.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn't take itself too seriously.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
A joyless amalgamation of expository dialogue and special effects that aren't especially special.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Apart from some spiffy visual effects, which create coherent, scary textures and architecture for outer space, Green Lantern is the most generic of summer time wasters.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Green Lantern is a new primer on how not to make a comicbook movie unless you want to screw shit up. Flat FX, smirky acting, clunky writing and clueless direction. WTF?
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
He's an ambiguously...heroic hero.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
More science-fiction space opera than superhero epic, it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production make it watchable in a comic book kind of way.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It often feels like there are two separate stories featured in this comic book flick but neither of them is particularly interesting.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
This is a blue-light special version of a superhero movie. This is what happens when they go wrong. This is what happens when they don't care.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Across the board Green Lantern is an average experience. There is zero character development, an overly confusing plot and way too much dodgy CGI assaulting the screen.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
Not "Jonah Hex" bad...but almost.
"Green Lantern" does have a fair share of problems and yet is not quite as bad as some are making it out to be. It merely gets added to the long list of superhero films as one of the more forgettable ones
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
I would say that this film is 50/50 good and bad. The stuff that works really works, but the stuff that doesn't work doesn't really work.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
There's a bit more character in the extended cut, but the film is still a mess of tones, driven by a Star Wars-like narrative but cut down by a sloppy Transformers feel.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Thinks it is more impressive than it actually is. Faced with over-blown effects, characters look flat and disappear into the background without a whimper, thanks to an insipid script and the film-makers' unwillingness to flesh out anyone but Hal Jordan.
Simon Gallagher - What Culture
While it doesn't reach the heady heights of Iron Man, it's a worthy addition to DC's movie universe.
Rob Power - SFX Magazine
In an attempt by the script to be both epic and snarky, director Martin Campbell and actor Ryan Reynolds did the best they could with what they were given to work with.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
More science-fiction-y than most superhero films with some cool intergalactic visuals, the story can't quite make the most of Ryan Reynolds' charisma...
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
How many more of these superheroes can we take?
It drones on, needlessly complicating the story line with too many character relationships and too many dull stretches.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
You'll need all the navigational help you can get, lantern or otherwise, to make it through this unfocused, CGI-driven mess of a movie.
Neil Pond - American Profile
whereas Marvel's summer movie Thor revelled in its outlandish setting, Green Lantern dithers between realism and all-out fantasy.
James Luxford - The National
I've always considered DC's Green Lantern to be one step too far over the line into "come on, that's just silly" territory. (Fresh, but only just)
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Acaba se revelando um passatempo relativamente divertido e agradavel.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Before Hal Jordan's big-screen debut, I'd never heard of the guy. And now, having sat through the confused mess that is Green Lantern, I don't mind if I never hear of him again.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Green Lantern is all CGI sheen and no soul, taking the comic book movie one giant leap backwards in its inept attempt at creating a would be dazzling adventure.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
When Green Lantern does get its green groove on, its quite enjoyable... but the film is left sadly lacking due to the way it fumbles its set-up.
Matt Neal - The Standard
The green aesthetic misfires: the whole film looks as if it's been inspired by a particular shade of washing-up liquid, or the glowing screens of ancient computers.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Things improve as the plot kicks in, thanks to enjoyable performances from Peter Sarsgaard, as the more-or-less human villain, and Blake Lively as the feisty heroine.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
A certain tone is needed to carry off the script's manifold absurdities. It has to be tongue-in-cheek rather than foot-in-mouth and Reynolds' success rate is intermittent at best.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Apparently Sarsgaard's [character] went to high school with the characters played by Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, which is perhaps the only joke in the movie to actually land.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Everything fits together just well enough to work, but not enough to excel.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It's certainly not my cup of tea, but it does fulfil its promise to the core fans
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Here's a comic book fantasy with a galaxy of special effects, a splendidly despicable villain in Peter Sarsgaard and heroics from the likeable Ryan Reynolds, who finds courage to overcome fear, win the girl and save the world.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
- National Post
If serendipity is a collision of happy accidents that produce something greater than the sum of their parts, then The Green Lantern is its unlucky antonym, a film far less impressive than its superior individual ingredients.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Robbed of his personal pronoun by a pan-galactic evil ...
Ed Whitfield - What Culture
There's an interesting conceit at the core of Green Lantern, the otherwise overstuffed and clumsy superhero outing starring DC Comics' ring-wielding interstellar cop.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
The screenplay isn't as bright as those of other superhero films. But "Green Lantern" isn't a dim bulb of a movie, either.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
The film also needs a jump-start or a new Central Battery sometimes that Reynolds alone simply cannot provide.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
... the movie finds its bearings once Reynolds takes center screen; the franchise would do well to depend on him more than on sci-fi mumbo jumbo.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
...an overlong and thoroughly uneven big-budget blockbuster that just barely earns a passing grade...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Another comic-book hero hits the screen... and doesn't make a big enough splash
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A muddled mess of a superhero film swathed in layer upon layer of (fairly necessary) exposition and burdened by a seriocomic turn by lead Ryan Reynolds.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Not even Ryan Reynolds' charm, which pours out of the actor like water over Niagara Falls, can overcome the lumpy narrative and special-effects overkill.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A tedious hodgepodge of rote conflicts and character hang-ups.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Lantern proves it's not easy being green.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Green Lantern is a moronic superhero. Ryan Reynolds is too cool to play such a lame character. There...I said it.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
A parlor game could be made out of how many times the word "fear" is uttered in Martin Campbell's superhero franchise non-starter.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Green Lantern makes an effort to differentiate itself on an aesthetic level, but otherwise it's what you'd expect - a special-effects bonanza following formula.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
The only reason you go to see a movie like this is the special effects and the fight scenes, right? It has both in spades and the 3D effects are good, too.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Ryan Reynolds is a fearless fighter pilot famous for wielding his stick in many a starlet's cockpit.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
This is just one 'been there done that' super hero movie too many in a summer crowded with super hero movies.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The script is pretty dry and many of the scenes between Reynolds and Blake Lively don't work at all. It's a shame that the script doesn't give Reynolds the kind of winking humor that Thor had, and that he is so good at delivering.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Green Lantern is reminiscent of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, another superhero flick that boasted a strong cast but went overboard on visual stimuli.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Superhero movies have become CGI demo reels, and we go for long stretches wherein nothing organic is on the screen at all, except for the occasional green-screened actor.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It basically suffers from many of the same flaws as Thor did, but seems far more tired because we've already seen this story two times already this summer.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Apart from having no particular reason to exist onscreen, especially at these prices, it's not half bad.
It has room to grow if Warner Brothers has the will power to deepen the characters and sharpen the writing in the inevitable sequel.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
The cocky charm of Ryan Reynolds and worthwhile 3D give this movie just enough magic.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The F/X of Hal creating objects out of his ring's green light are successfully, modestly fantastic. Such professionalism needn't resort to dumb stereotyping.
Armond White - New York Press
The latest movie scraped from the barrel where studio execs store their childhood comic collections.
Jason Solomons - Observer [UK]
A substandard superhero film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rises to the level of idly amusing summer trifle.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Campbell just renders the comic book mythology in bright colors with expensive CGI, and then sort of shrugs - "here you go, nerds."
Eugene Novikov - eFilmCritic.com
Green Lantern uses so much CGI it's a wonder anyone bothered bringing a camera to the set.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Fortunately, Ryan Reynolds' combination of suave self-assuredness, seasoned comic timing and old-fashioned ability to kick butt outweigh the film's minor flaws to make for a satisfying cinematic experience that just screams sequel.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
That the super villain resembles nothing so much as a giant tentacled dust-bunny with teeth does nothing to make it strike fear in the hearts of the audience
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Certainly better than Thor.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
What makes Green Lantern work is the pupil-popping effects. Don't see it for the plot. See it for the visuals.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
To compare this to truly abysmal efforts like Catwoman and Batman & Robin would be an exercise in misguided grandstanding; at the same time, the middling results suggest that Hollywood might consider cooling it on the super-sagas for a while (fat chance).
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
In desperate need of a visionary to turn it in to the space epic it deserved to be in the first place.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The ironic timing of opening nationwide on Father's Day weekend couldn't be more strategically perfect, because this entertaining movie provides dads, who grew up reading comic books, an opportunity to spend quality time with their young sons & daughters
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
In a summer filled with flights of comic book fancy, Green Lantern only distinguishes itself by being one of the goofiest superhero movies of the year.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
... a shame this fantasy-adventure arrives in a summer swamped by superheroes. It's the best of the batch so far, but it's in danger of being snubbed by the seen-one-seen-'em-all contingent.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
It isn't innovative, it isn't deep, the characters aren't particularly well-developed, but I still had a good time watching Green Lantern. It's hard to dislike a movie that has shortcomings and still provides an...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Although "Green Lantern" isn't a particularly good movie, it could be setting us up for one.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The mythology is nonsensical and the plot takes forever to get going. But once it does, the movie takes advantage of a strong cast and a director who knows what he's doing.
Stephen Silver - Patch
A cheesy, clunky B-movie blockbuster lacking the wit and wonder that you find in the best comicbook adaptations.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Better to fixate on the interstellar eye candy.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Entertaining but superficial superhero thriller.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
At least the filmmakers acknowledge that Reynolds in green tights and mask still looks like his non-Green Lantern alter ego, cocky test pilot Hal Jordan. There's none of this Clark Kent/Superman silliness.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
...fun but terminally unwieldy adaptation of the venerable DC comics franchise pinballs between above-it-all camp and gravely serious sci-fi shenanigans...
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
One of the goofier, less pretentious and more agreeably kid-friendly superhero action movies of the current trend.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
While Campbell's film is handcuffed by the formula assigned to every single superhero origin story to date, "Green Lantern" constructs some elaborately fantastic universes for the intergalactic portion of its story.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
In spots, the movie soars and it's everything I wanted from a 'Green Lantern movie. In other spots, it's darn-near sadistic and plays to a much older crowd than the little ones. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
A textbook example of movie-making by committee. All the money in the world can't save a film with a script THIS bad.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It is of my opinion that superhero movies are supposed to be super. Green Lantern is merely ordinary.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Lantern dazzles with some ambitious visuals and a wicked cool mythology, but fails to overcome its fear that is audience is stupid.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
In the hierarchy of comic book movies, it's hovering somewhere near the bottom.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
'In brightest day, in blackest night' and in dingiest 3-D, Green Lantern arrives and it's the dumbest superhero movie of the season.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Ryan Reynolds is great. This is the second comic book movie [that] hasn't lived up to him.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
If only the filmmakers had put as much creative energy into the character of Hal Jordan as they did into his lovingly rendered CGI-enhanced suit
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
Friends, fanboys, critics, lend me your eyes. I have not come to bury Green Lantern, but to defend it.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
"Green Lantern" is badly paced, derivative and clunky. Its biggest sin is being joyless. The film just isn't fun.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Gropes for a foothold on the rocks of logic.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Reynolds isn't a bad choice for this type of role. He's beefed up his body and his face resembles that of an ordinary star who could have had greatness thrust upon him.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Visually quite interesting [but] the combination of earnestness and smart-ass wisecracks proves unstable.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
As he has the power of imagination, it is only fittingly ironic that the movie about this Green Lantern guy has so little of it.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The film wears its nerdy heart on its sleeve, which is endearing, and often falls just short of hitting the mark, which isn't. But a sufficient number of elements work well enough that I came away smiling.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Hal Jordan isn't exactly gifted in the imagination department.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Asinine, nauseating and often dull with no thrills or excitement to be found. It'll make your eyes and ears bleed simultaneously.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The problem is that the story isn't pulp enough. The Green Lantern saga has always been notable for its extra weight, its sense of propriety, and Campbell just can't make it fly.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The superhero genre is the home-court of the underdog, of skinny Peter Parkers and mutant outcasts, of heroes born from pain or ingenuity. In Green Lantern, the rich get richer.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Like The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, it feels like a superhero movie made by committee.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
A screenplay that was conceived in what will undoubtedly be remembered by the four writers who contributed to it as the blackest night of their creative lives.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Another DC comics superhero, another ho-hum 3D movie adventure.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Considering all the characters and subplots, it's no surprise Green Lantern feels more rushed and truncated than epic.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
I want superhero movies to involve something more than setting up a marginally interesting premise so that there can be more sequels and snack food tie-ins.
Dave White - Movies.com
The best way to describe his Reynolds' portrayal as Hal Jordan is 'wise-ass.' and with this film, his comedic skills should have been laid aside. Strong's performance as Sinestro is reason enough to see the film rather than Reynold's campy performance.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Turns out that the only power this movie had was to put me to sleep by the second act.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Green Lantern fails on almost all levels. The story seems determined to hit every cliche in the universe and the dialogue is consistently trite ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Everything about Green Lantern is unremarkable.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
DC has to step up its game. Christopher Nolan's Bat-films aside, Marvel is kicking their ass all over the place.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
I am consumed by the aubergine power of muddled confusion and despair.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Sure, comic lovers will thrill when Jordan recites the Lantern oath for the first time, but I bet they'd be a lot happier if he had something interesting to do afterwards.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
I liked it much more than, say, Thor, precisely because it's so openly childish. That approach seems right for the material. Twelve-year-olds are fabulously well-served by the movies nowadays.
David Sexton - This is London
Reynolds has the xylophone abs and smart-aleck persona to make a superhero fun... This movie has little else to offer except gaudy CGI doodles including like a villain resembling an overflowing septic tank with teeth.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
You'll wonder how, after such a promising opening, it all went so wrong.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Generic superhero movie, assembled with off-the-shelf narrative components and no authentic soul or emotion. Green Lantern is colorless.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
Campbell made Zorro and Bond work as contemporary heroes, but doesn't quite have the feel for poor old Hal Jordan.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
A disappointing film that gets mired down in the cliches of previous comic book superheroes on the screen.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
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.
Brian Orndorf - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Are Parallax and Hector Hammond really the most interesting villains in the Green Lantern universe? Because if they are, then there's no reason for a sequel.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Expectations were low for this superhero summer blockbuster wannabe, with Ryan Reynolds, and it meets them head on.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Faithful to the comics almost to its detriment, "Green Lantern" is a two hour film that would have been much better at ninety minutes.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
On brightest screen, in threest-D, It's the latest franchisee! This superhero's super-slight; Beware two hours... Green Lantern bites!
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Short on story but visually entertaining, Green Lantern glows most brightly as a special effects showcase leaving dramatic pathos to other men wearing tights.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
It's a mess, a boring mess, featuring boring Ryan Reynolds.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Green Lantern isn't just bad, it's Fantastic Four bad.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
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.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
You'll need superpowers of your own to survive this hell.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Green Lantern's ring is cooler than Thor's hammer, but not as awesome as Ironman's suit.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
For a movie that relies so heavily on energy to form its narrative, Green Lantern lacks any real oomph of its own.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Reynolds is almost good enough to stand up to the gargantuan tower of emptiness that is Green Lantern, but he's fighting a losing battle.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
It's unremittingly average, high-caloric and indigestible junk food for the restlessly stupefied. We've all been there.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
There are movies willed to life by the passion of their creators, and there are movies like Green Lantern, which are willed to life strictly by market forces.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
For all the talk of conquering fear and harnessing energy, Lantern ironically plays it safe and gets grounded by a leaden, spiritless adaptation.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
I burned off a weekend in Hell sitting through this. What is Adolphe Menjou doing in this? I hate the color green now.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Even the talents of director Martin Campbell can't make this anything more than yet another derivative comic book film. Frankly, I'd rather read Donald Duck.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
A solidly entertaining summertime spectacle and one of the more enjoyable films in the genre since 2008's Iron Man.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
This is a harmless way to squander two hours of your life, but it's impossible to imagine the green-clad central character becoming a serious rival to Batman.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
I never thought I could feel sorry for Ryan Reynolds.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Reynolds - so good in recent movies like Buried and The Nines - just looks like a slice of inert beefcake.
Green Lantern is no Iron Man -- and, for that matter, it's no Green Hornet either.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Green Lantern does offer the occasional brightly-coloured thrill for those only interested in the most simple and straightforward of superhero tales. It's a shame, though, that it can't aspire to anything greater.
Seb Patrick - Film4
[An] earnest and militantly generic film that sets up the likelihood of a sequel during its final credits without delivering any convincing reasons why anyone should be excited by the prospect.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
A whole lot of familiar superhero elements thrown together in a haphazard, uninspired way.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
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.'
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A by-the-book Hollywood tentpole that exhibits competent blockbuster craftsmanship, but no special feel for the material at hand.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Caryn James - James on screenS
The picture is slathered with so much CGI goop that it's often indistinguishable from a Saturday morning cartoon show.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Cool powers? Check. Interesting villain? Check. Interesting girlfriend? Half a check. Angsty parental issues? Check.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
...it screams for a coherent, well-told story.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Casino Royale director Martin Campbell makes everything look good and the action scenes are watchable.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
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.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
One of the weakest comic book superhero adaptations we've had in awhile.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A lot of eye candy worth savoring, but next to nothing in the departments of wit, depth, heart, or insight.
Martin Campbell's Green Lantern is a mediocrity, neither folly nor kitsch.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
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.
Glen Weldon - NPR
Green Lantern is ultimately let down not by the weight of its ambitions, but total lack of them.
Martyn Conterio - Little White Lies
Ryan Reynolds' most heroic feat in this effects-laden comic book adaptation is saving it from being a complete dud.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
When it comes to the big questions, director Martin Campbell -- who knows about fresh starts, having twice revived the 007 series, first with "Goldeneye" and then with the recent "Casino Royale" -- seems to have most of the answers.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Let there be light? Eh, not so much.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Green Lantern is lifeless, lacks emotional connection, charisma, good special effects, a flowing story-line and everything else that makes a movie entertaining.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK 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.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
As Norm Macdonald would say, 'Wait, what?'
Matt Pais - RedEye
More fun than Thor, because the constructs are just more fun to watch than big dudes hitting each other.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
A fun movie that you can lose yourself in for a little over 100 minutes and get a thrill and laugh or two along the way.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
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.
David Poland - Movie City News
...a comic-book movie that lets its nerd flag fly.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
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 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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
As a superhero origin story, it's a major disappointment, including the surprising revelation during the final credits.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
For an actor so often praised for his down-to-earth demeanor, larger-than-life may simply lie outside of Ryan Reynolds' range.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
There's a tongue-in-cheek vibe that works occasionally as Lantern seems to have more in common with superhero flicks like FLASH GORDON...
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
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.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
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.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The digital effects and scenery are good; some action sequences, including Lantern's rescue of an out-of-control helicopter, blast the senses.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
There was a lot of potential in Green Lantern, almost all of it squandered.
At this point in the superhero genre the same old origin story simply isn't enough.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Green Lantern fails to shine.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
It's a frustrating, deeply flawed film rife with missed story opportunities and squandered potential.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
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.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Weakness is the Lantern's greatest strength. If anything, there should have been more chinks in his CG armour.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Suffers from a terminal case of origin-osis, the disease that infects super-hero movies forced to explain a character's origin.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
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.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Despite a winning aw-shucks performance from Ryan Reynolds, the film can't overcome its thinly drawn characters and generally hokey execution.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
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.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
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.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
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.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
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.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
A film that's all set-up and no pay-off: an origin story for a hero we don't much care for with an elaborate lore we have zero interest in, toplined by a star who's little more than a torso and a smirk.
Mark Samuels - Total Film