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
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