The Green Hornet is a disjointed jumble of gag laughs, goofy stunts, and bizzare casting.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
If unmodulated decibel level and childish, dorkish energy alone could lower a city's crime rate, then consider the cartoon bad guys of cartoon Los Angeles flattened.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Quite a bit less than the sum of its appealing parts.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
As directed by Michel Gondry, Hornet's visuals have a few pixilated flourishes. But the production design is more cluttered than eye-catching, and the near-pointless use of 3-D simply muddies the photography.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
This morning, the unconscious bodies of three pickpockets were found in front of the Post's offices. Safety-pinned to one was an envelope containing the following movie review.
Dan Kois - Washington Post
Did I mention that the movie's in 3-D? Someone should have let Gondry know.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The Green Hornet provides a half-hour's worth of mildly entertaining travesty before collapsing in a clamor of bombastic action sequences and lame wisecracks.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Michel Gondry has crafted an irreverently funny, ultramodern take on the 1930s radio serial, with a vibe so casual you half expect star Seth Rogen to amble off screen and put his feet up on the seat next to you.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The film's only unqualified success is the end title sequence -- because it's genuinely stylish, because it looks like it was shot in genuine 3-D and, most of all, because it's the end.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
There's simply no center here, no sense that someone is guiding the ship.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Despite its obvious angling to become a franchise, this Green Hornet offers little that's worth committing to even the "cult flick" chamber of your brain.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
There are some nifty things in between the lulls...
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
A facetious industrial product, and the first out-and-out bore of the year.
David Denby - New Yorker
"The Green Hornet" is an almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Too much. Too numbing. Too coy. And ultimately too violent.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The movie lopes along from one half-baked scene to the next, interrupted on occasion by car-porn sequences involving the hero's luminous limo the Black Beauty.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of filmmaker and material.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The movie these guys have come up with is fresh, funny and a bewildering surprise.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
The story falls apart, while Gondry ratchets up the silly action so far over the top the structure of the film can't support it.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The film is a blast.
Peter Debruge - Variety
There might be a funny movie in a story about a crime fighter who's in it only for the publicity, but "The Green Hornet" isn't it.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A too-clever-by-half attempt to both satirize and celebrate the superhero genre.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
By the time The Green Hornet collapses into a mess of hackneyed car chases and flying glass and bullets, it feels less like the promised irreverent take on the superhero genre, and more like the latest iteration of the Rush Hour movies.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
I'm pleased to report that the movie is entirely watchable and often pretty fun, in a mishmashed, patchy kind of way. Put that on your poster, Columbia Pictures!
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Is Gondry aware that he's making a film about both white male privilege and sexual harassment in the workplace?
Dana Stevens - Slate
Even as a mindless diversion, it's weak.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Despite some entertaining moments, this long-in-gestation crime-fighter feature never reaches top speed.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Rogen is just playing a version of the good-natured, wisecracking slacker he plays in everything, which never feels like a comfortable fit alongside the coolly efficient Chou.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The big-screen Green Hornet, while hardly classic comic-book filmmaking, ain't half bad.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The first nearly awful film of 2011.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
An anemic, 97-pound weakling of the action comedy persuasion, "Hornet" is a boring bromedy that features mumblecore heroics instead of the real thing.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The whole film feels fairly self indulgent on Seth Rogen's part. It's rather dull and quite a letdown.
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
Aside from the James Franco cameo, this story is one disappointment after another.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
This movie would a helluva lot better with paper mache sets.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
I like Seth, you like Seth. We all like Seth. BADLY miscast, here. And so was the director.
A pleasingly average superhero movie whose greatest triumph is avoiding disaster.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
This had potential to be something of an action thrill ride, or at least a comedic, campy take on the usual superhero formula, but what we end up with is a directionless, pointless backdrop for blowing things up with some martial arts thrown in for kicks.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A dud, that has a few bright spots.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
There are some good ideas here but they're buried under masses of conventional superhero dross and half hearted execution. This is one vigilante who should really just leave all the hard work to the police.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
[It] clocks in at a bloated 118 minutes. There is not, I promise you, 118 minutes worth of vital plot, special effects or comic business in this movie.
Hornet fans across generations will enjoy connecting this modern version to its pop-cultural roots stretching back more than seven decades,
Neil Pond - American Profile
A childish film written from a grade school perspective with neither quality nor excitement.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Derivative of several molds and unable to really take command of any of them.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Aside from a brief split-screen sequence and a few deft special-effects, there's almost no sizzle to this goofy take on superheroics.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
...an uneven, disastrously overlong piece of work.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Give me loose, idiosyncratic, comic meandering over stone-faced business-as-usual any day. It isn't the movie you're expecting, but it's got its authors' grubby handprints all over it.
Dave White - Movies.com
Seeing this movie in 3-D adds nothing to the experience. The most in-your-face thing about the movie is the crippling insecurity of all the main players, which rendered it painfully difficult to care about them. Waltz is delightful.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Gondry and Rogen walk a fine line between fairly brainless bro-medy and occasionally knowing examination of the superhero genre.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Um longa que nao so desaponta pelo roteiro, mas tambem (e ai o choque e maior) pela direcao nada inspirada de seu realizador.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
With Jager, it'd probably be a blast.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Part origin story, part spoof, part bromance -- the movie can't decide. It winks at itself constantly, but only to hide its cluelessness.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Gondry's biggest success is recognising that superheroes can still be funny, and embracing that in every part of this film.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
3D, 4D. You can throw double-D's at The Green Hornet, and you'll still end up with C-minus.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
This is not the Green Hornet. It's barely an action movie.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Even if you "get" what The Green Hornet is trying to do, it is never terribly enjoyable.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Rogen has re-created (Britt Reid) as a buffoonish, almost Maxwell Smart-ish hero, with a childlike ego that is one of the more infuriating elements of the film... (but) where the film really works is when Gondry cuts loose.
Matt Neal - The Standard
One of those annoying movies that has enough good stuff in it that it can't be dismissed out-of-hand, but enough deficits that one is hard-pressed to praise it.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
For a film with so many potentially hallucinatory avenues, imagination seems to be a worthless currency.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
They cast Seth Rogan in the lead role. Big mistake!
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
His qualifications for the job seem to be: 1. Having a limitless supply of money. 2. Having a side-kick that does all the work.
Josh Jackson - Paste Magazine
Perhaps we should be grateful that The Green Hornet is a perfectly enjoyable Seth Rogen movie... But it's a major missed opportunity when you consider the Michel Gondry spectacle that it came so close to being.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Michel Gondry's frivolous, exuberant film is a hard one to embrace.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
There is no grand sense of justice or even vengeance driving The Green Hornet; it is just that kicking ass might be fun, and it turns out it is.
Thom Atkinson - The Skinny
Seth Rogen, superhero? It's nearly impossible to wrap the mind around such an outlandish idea, almost on the same level as Sarah Palin as U.S. president or Ricky Gervais as the next recipient of the Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement Award.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I'd hoped for better, but expected worse, which means that Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet is at best -- or at worst -- a mixed bag of a movie.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A bit shapeless as a story but relies on the charm of Rogen and a few big set pieces to connect the dots.
Andreas Heinemann - Flicks.co.nz
An admirable yet underwhelming attempt at something a little different.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
While The Green Hornet is a passable time killer, cineastes might go into shock that such an unremarkable piece of Hollywood mulch was helmed by French whiz kid Michel Gondry.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Even the direction of Michel Gondry is a wipeout. The Frenchman was a late recruit to the project, but precious few glimpses of his trademark surrealism are detected.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Though there's enough material to fill 119 minutes, I am not persuaded that anything actually happens.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It has more of a sting than you might think.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
'Green Hornet' feels like a 20-car pileup of conflicted ideas with a lame plot buried underneath the rubble.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Hornet lacks sting.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
It has what is expected of this kind of movie, cool visual effects, martial arts action, car chases, explosions, shootouts and lots of James Bond-style gadgets.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It is a patchy film, haltingly paced, but the visual invention is astonishing.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
And now here it is, and we see it really was a joke after all. Thing is, it's supposed to be.
Scott Henderson - The Vine
Chou steals the show, especially when he speeds into action in glorious Kato-Vision.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
It remains a rare franchise reboot where the sense of playfulness outweighs that of strained psychological depth or grim commercial obligation.
Mike McCahill - Scotsman
The Green Hornet doesn't seem worth the outrageous 3-D-glasses surcharge. In all senses, there's little that jumps out at you.
Featuring an eclectic cast and unusual choice of filmmaker, The Green Hornet succeeds as an experiment done right.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
There's just enough novelty, action and comedy in the tank to see this film teeter across the finish line, even if it does cough and splutter for much of the journey.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The Green Hornet looks and feels as if it were made by a bunch of (highly talented) 10-year-old boys. Taking any pleasure in the film depends on your willingness to let your inner-child run rampant.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
It's not a superhero film; it's an exuberant anti-superhero film that exists with no agenda except to delight.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
The Seth Rogen spin was just what this movie needed. Rogen and Jay Chou are a dynamic duo indeed!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Despite the talent involved, this ends up an underwhelming superhero flick marred by dull action and non-existent chemistry between the cast.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
It's hard to shake the sense of well-known figures cashing in on a superhero craze that doesn't quite fit them, and trying to but never fully making it their own.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Equal parts amusing and tedious - but not in any sense the disaster some have called it.
Catherine Bray - Film4
The movie is extremely loud and none too funny.
Fun, full of action, and just serious enough to work without becoming ridiculous.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The un-Rush Hour!
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
(The) first unapologetic crowd-pleasing, fist-pumping, just-for-fun popcorn flick of 2011.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
The Green Hornet may well be Michel Gondry's most elaborate meta-joke on escapist infantilism.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
"The Green Hornet" is the first exciting family film of 2011!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
...loud and violent, if not annoying.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Can a genius and an average Joe pair up and put egos aside to serve mindless adventure? Gondry and Rogen have.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
The fight scenes, filmed in what I'll call "Kato-Vision," are top shelf and rival anything you'd find in the "Matrix" world.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
A solid opening and a mayhem-laden third act cannot make up for an utter mess of a middle hour or for the utter lack of charisma by Jay Chou as Kato.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
This boorishly irreverent superhero sendup is a fiasco, sustained only by its FX.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
All the buzz in the world is not going to make the latest incarnation of the beloved 75-year-old radio/serial/comic book legend a fond memory for many viewers this month.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
This is one occasion where too many cooks in the kitchen actually ended up making some pretty tasty junk food.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
I thought only flies liked piles of dung, but hornets must, too. Maybe that's the reason for the evacuated pile titled The Green Hornet.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
These are just two people who wanted to do cool stuff and had the money and talent (at least Kato did) to do it. It was nice watching a Comic Book movie where there wasn't much brooding or tales of woe involved.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
The Green Hornet attempts to mock its own genre, but it forgets to deliver a compelling characters along the way.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz try to bring their characters to life in this campy action flick -- but the results end up uneven at best.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Seth Rogen's character should have evolved with humility and authenticity by relinquishing his bogus stranglehold as The Green Hornet and becoming The Guy Who Smokes a Fat Blunt Better Than You But Only Kicks Ass Like Your Great Grandma.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
What should have been, could have been. It sure isn't this Green Slacker.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Team the acting and writing of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg with the artsy-fartsy directing of Michel Gondry and they'd turn Gone with the Wind into a quirky comedy.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
In what universe do we need a comic-book-superhero movie starring Seth Rogen and directed by boy-man-ish critics' darling (although not this critic) Michel Gondry in fake 3-D?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The MVP is Jay Chou as Kato, who is as much Britt Reid's superior as the valet Jeeves and the dog Gromit are superior to their alleged 'masters' in the works of P.G. Wodehouse and Nick Park.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
As a crime-fighting duo, Britt and Kato have the sophistication and finesse of a pair of middle school boys on a joy ride.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Rogen looks like he's waiting for the real leading man to turn up. And where exactly are the jokes?
Adam Lee Davies - Little White Lies
Dumb, unfocused movie that is neither comedy nor action-thriller.
Witless, charmless, clumsy and appallingly unenjoyable, The Green Hornet is almost unrecognizable as having come from the same, endlessly inventive storehouse of creativity as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Even so-so Hornet forerunners like The Phantom (and certainly downright thrilling one-shots like The Rocketeer) are more entertaining than this cheesy and borderline-boring cream puff of a vigilante.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The Green Hornet puts the masked avenger at the centre of a flimsy, illogical plot and series of headache-inducing action sequences that strain the eyes in 3D.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Spews noxious gas and obnoxious patter.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A pretty entertaining piece of pop cinema that is probably going to turn out to be the strangest expenditure of a rumored $130 million budget that is likely to hit the multiplexes anytime soon.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The Green Hornet is crass, unimaginative, unexciting, and not very funny. I was hoping it would at least be mindless fun but it ends up just being mindless.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Though tonally uneven, Hornet nonetheless works as breezy, irreverent entertainment that makes a virtue of its unlikely elements.
Neil Smith - Total Film
There are elements of a sharp hero/sidekick inversion here: Kato is the handsome, brilliant inventor and karate expert; Britt is, well, rich enough to pay the salary of someone like Kato. But the inversion is inevitably incomplete.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
An action film that doesn't excite and a comedy you never laugh at.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Has there ever been a time when I wanted the hero to die so badly, as badly as in this film? No.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Hornet is a hilarious and action packed film that is one of the most satisfying action-buddy-comedies ever made.
Gareth J. Von Kallenbach - Film Threat
The film wavers uncomfortably between parody and homage, between deconstructing the excesses of the genre and simply indulging in them.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Superhero "bromance" is funny but overly childish.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
...rowdy, discordant, subversive and thoroughly modern, exactly what you'd expect when a stoner and a visual genius team up...
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
At least Seth Rogen has the good sense to wear a mask for much of The Green Hornet. If I'd made this movie, I'd want to hide my face too.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
If you enjoy watching a lead character that's so annoying and such a jerk that you'd like to punch him in the face yourself, then The Green Hornet is for you.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Once you get to the fiends and fights that make a comic book movie really work, things go stale.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Superhero movies often must deal with the problem of villains being more charismatic than heroes. But when your hero is so annoying that you find yourself rooting for anyone who could potentially take him out, it's a real problem for the movie.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
This is an overlong, empty bore that squanders its possibilities.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
You'll have an absolute blast watching The Green Hornet, but its constantly goofy demeanor takes some of the sting out of it.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
"Green Hornet" works both as an action movie and as a deconstruction of an action movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
An uneven, dull and painfully asinine action comedy that's neither thrilling, funny nor visually stylish enough to deliver pure entertainment. Go rent Kick-Ass instead.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Absurd yet entertaining
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Slick, sly and ever-soslightly subversive, The Green Hornet is an irreverent comedy bound to annoy comic-book purists - usually a good sign - and sure to delight everyone else. Think this year's Kick-Ass.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Rogen seems to want to convince the world that a big dumb stoner can be successful, because, hey, what the heck, it worked for him, but Britt Reid/The Green Hornet doesn't have that redemption and growth.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
When it works, which is more than half of the time of the time, it's a cheerful little romp that refuses to take itself seriously
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
As a journalist, I can't come down too hard on a film's action scenes when they include a half of a car speeding through a newsroom and a shootout in an area where massive spools of newspapers are stored.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
The Green Hornet smoked crack with Superman and met CraigsList chicks with Wolverine. He's a bad influence and a good time. And he's much more entertaining on screen, too.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
A trashy superhero comedy (in yawnsome 3D) that tries to reproduce the innocent charm of its origins as a 1930s radio serial.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Gondry is an incredible visual stylist and he's showing off in a way that fits perfectly with the loose style of the movie.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
A lively but sloppy update for Kato and the Green Hornet.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Does it work? Yes, if you like Rogen, but if you don't you'll feel that Gondry has fiddled too much with the original by giving his star full rein.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A better, stranger movie can be glimpsed straining to be noticed behind Rogen's standard goofery.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Depending on where your tolerance level is for Seth Rogen, you may enjoy this movie or you may hate it. Still, it's a fun ride and enjoyable to watch.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Here's a 3-D movie that should have been shot in Zero-D.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Michel Gondry directs and while there's little of his usual surreal flair there are moments when he puts his mark on the explosive mayhem, giving it the style of a live-action Looney Toons cartoon.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The choice of Seth Rogen to topline this crimebusting bromedy proves an unlikely but ultimately shrewd one, plugging the void at the heart of the character with an outsize comic persona.
Nick Setchfield - SFX Magazine
There's nothing here but a concept and a marketing and merchandising strategy, at the center of which somebody - oh, no - had to come up with an actual movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Gondry's "Green Hornet" does not have a serious bone in his body. Its goal is to satirize superhero motifs - mainly, the idea of the ethnic sidekick.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Good buddy-buddy chemistry between Chou and Rogan, along with some inspired carnage in the last half hour make THE GREEN HORNET a rare treat in a traditionally slow month.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
While on its own lowbrow terms the movie may work well enough, 'Kick-Ass' outpoints this 'Smart-Ass' cousin by a wide margin.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
in this hodge-podge of creativity, this kinky mess, there is unbridled zest and an almost innocent sense of joy
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
The writer who first conceived of The Green Hornet was, in fact, paving the way for the martial arts hero. This film has done the opposite.
Florence Waters - Daily Telegraph
The film is a bit uneven at times, but when it's firing on all cylinders, The Green Hornet is far too entertaining not to enjoy.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
While it sports a few spare parts that don't quite click, this souped-up superhero vehicle runs smoothly enough thanks to a savvy sense of humor and the charisma of its central crime-fighting duo.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Rogen's Reid doesn't become a crime fighter for an altruistic reasons: He does it as a lark because he thinks it will be fun. Rogen's Hornet is basically the comic relief. And that is what throws the movie a-kilter.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Rogen tests the limits of his likeability as the spoilt brat who inherits an empire while Gondry scrabbles for the right tone.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Rogen may have lost weight for this role, but it hardly matters-he's still doing a more charming version of Butt-Head, aged twentysomething. You know by now if that works for you or not.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
You'd expect Gondry's version of a superhero movie to be either brilliantly creative or spectacularly misguided, and it's neither; just sporadically funny but more often plodding.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Dear Fat Seth Rogen, I miss you.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
"Everything before this has been crap", says Rogen during the explosive finale. Many will agree.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Relegating the film to January and uselessly converting it into ugly, barely-there 3-D so inadequate it might as well be billed as 2 1/4-D, the studio's decisions contradictorily stink of both desperation and defeat.
It's a strange, shapeless, rarely satisfying, but generally amiable movie in which everyone appears to be faking it as they go along, and almost -- almost -- getting away with it.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
A long, snarky, borderline disdainful parody that's also an inferior imitation of the movies it mocks. No, thank you.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Gondry's film does have its goofy charms, even though it never quite decides what kind of movie it wants to be.
Scott Von Doviak - Nerve.com
While the package as a whole never truly strikes a consistent tone, the boundless energy, surprisingly irreverent dialogue, and creative action sequences carry the day.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Rogen isn't the obvious choice for a comic book icon but he forces his personality onto this material with an ingratiating ease.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Special note must be made of the picture's pitiful 3D conversion, which rivals that of Clash of the Titans for pure ineffectuality.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Not an abject failure, but still, not a film that recognizes its own strengths. At its best, it aspires to two dimensions. Three dimensions is far beyond its grasp.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
"The Green Hornet" has enough kicks and verve to keep the winter blues at bay, at least for a little while.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Brings together almost a dream team of elements which add up to only a very small fraction of the sum of their parts. The movie's just a huge mess.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
There's so little at stake here that nothing much matters except for a good time.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Enjoyable, frequently funny and occasionally subversive comedy with a strong script, likeable performances and some impressively directed action sequences, though it does drag a bit towards the end.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
While it may not ultimately prove memorable enough to launch a new film franchise, The Green Hornet is still a fun action-comedy and clever superhero satire that's about as close to a cool summer movie as you're going to get in the dead of winter.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
What happens when smart people set out to make a dumb movie. They made the movie they wanted to watch, rather than the one anyone else might want to.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
All buzz, no sting.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
An inventive anti-hero theme sets this film apart from the usual superhero movie, but excessive violence and incoherent action leave it deeply frustrating to watch.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The Green Hornet isn't a Michel Gondry film, but a Seth Rogen film to which Gondry has been strapped and forced to say the word "Action!", seemingly at gunpoint.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Pointless goof of a film, can't decide if it wants to be a superhero movie or a parody of one.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The picture has no reason to exist, yet exist it does, thus between movies that might be good and movies that might be exciting, it fills this unenviable slot as neither.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Almost everything about the film is disappointing.
[A]n aggressively goofy spoof of the modern dark, grim vigilante drama... with as much cartoonish, chaotic energy it can muster... and more than a little meta cunning, too.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This appears to be a breakout role for the talented and charismatic Chou, whose star should rise in Hollywood. The movie is full of visual eye candy that includes use of a split screen and rapid editing to speed up the car chases and...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
A joy ride of a film that evades the self-consciousness that stalls so many other recent comic-book adaptations, it is one of the best superhero movies ever.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Chou [is] charismatic when his feet and fists are flying but far from nimble when he opens his mouth ... which knocks the film's would-be buddy-comedy bromance on the head.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The latest Hornet, perhaps the most radical makeover of all, is more slapstick than sting and less masquerading noir crime fighter than deluded cartoonish geek avenger, while seemingly referencing both Tarantino's comedy of cruelty and Tom and Jerry.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
While this latest Rogen-penned iteration is a game try, it feels a bit like he's trying to make a volume out of a footnote.
Elvis Mitchell - Movieline
Gondry's contributions to the film amount to little more than rainbow sprinkles atop a very vanilla piece of cinema.
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
However long and honourable its pedigree, goes in one brain synapse and out the other...
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
High hopes of magic from the Gondry-Rogen pairing are dashed. Some neat touches aside, this isn't so much eternal sunshine, more superbad.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
[Gondry] has done a stellar job of putting his wacky auteurial stamp on a comedy which is only semi-coherent but still very funny and impeccably fashioned.
David Jenkins - Time Out
[VIDEO] "The Green Hornet" suffers from an incoherent disconnect between its not-so-heroic title character and his upstaging sidekick Kato (well played by Jay Chou).
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Jay Chou is actually quite appealing as Kato, both a buddy and rival to the Hornet, especially once Britt hires Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) as his Sentinel secretary, a move that brings out the sexist in Rogen and the sexiness in Chou.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's actually one of the better superhero movies of recent years, and for at least 60% of its runtime it delivers on all the promise of its hipster-royalty cast and crew.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Touted as a disaster even before its release, its off-beat tale, visual styling and casting proves that the franchise has more than a little sting left in its tail.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Purists may end up in tears over this comedy, but those seeking a lighthearted romp (handed a gratuitous 3D conversion) with some wicked smashmouth theatrics might welcome this superhero change of pace.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The Green Hornet is the usual numbing, postmodern pastiche -- which is ironic, since the premise is supposed to be retro, a throwback to a simpler, less synthetic analog age done in digital style.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
I'm beginning to suspect that writer-producer-actor Seth Rogen is up to foul play.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
...what could have been a typical costumed crusader effort turns into one of 2011's early delights.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
A superhero movie with the soul of a bromance, The Green Hornet is consistently mildly amusing but never quite as fun as it should be.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Rogen's tongue-in-cheek take on a superhero is the film's best -- maybe only -- winning feature, but he makes this low-expectations film more entertaning than you might think.
Caryn James - James on screenS
Casting [Seth] Rogen as a crimefighting hero may sound dubious, until you see how the film understands and embraces the disconnect.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Injecting a devil-may-care attitude into a franchise-focused blockbuster only gets you so far. When all is said and done, this wasp's got no sting.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
As much a comedy as it is an action movie, actually it's better than that, it's one of the all too rare modern movies which manages to be both.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Throughout THE GREEN HORNET I really wanted Jay Chou's Kato to beat the **** out of Seth Rogen's Britt Reid. That, in a nutshell, defines both the thing I liked most about GREEN HORNET and one of my biggest problems with the film.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Not as bad as its release date implies nor as good as its creative team suggests.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
Rogen's image and his attitude as co-screenwriter of The Green Hornet updates the bland superhero template using comic irreverence.
Armond White - New York Press
This Hornet is a big, boisterous action-comedy - a funny, exciting and intentionally goofy summer movie that just happens to arrive in the middle of January.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The Green Hornet's only victory is that it isn't flat awful.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Words that I never thought I'd type, but must after viewing Seth Rogen's take on The Green Hornet: I miss Van Williams.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
a very successful balance between Rogen's sort of irreverent, off-the-cuff humor and Gondry's limitless, carefully-planned creativity
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
The interplay between the Green Hornet and straight man Kato delights, overshadowing Cameron Diaz as a mutual love interest.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Floats like a butterfly, stings like a gnat.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
You know, superhero comedy is tricky. They can't all be Blankman.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
What opens as a 21st-century variation on Hudson Hawk (and I mean that as a compliment) soon trades in its gleeful weirdness for a Pineapple Express-style blend of rote action and abrasive, unfunny comedy.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Fans of Seth Rogen, who co-wrote, co-produced and starred in this new 3D version of the radio and TV series will enjoy this mildly engaging but repetitive adventure--the rudimentary plot, infantile humor and action are targeted at very young viewers
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It is confident, sly, silly, thrilling, and a nice tribute to the genre and the character both.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
A great evening's entertainment when you want to switch off and dip your head in some popcorn.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
[S]hows a kind of ambition that's rare in superhero flicks. It's ambitious in the "let's make something that's funny and original and cool and exciting" sense. Not the "let's spend 100million on flying CGI robots, and to hell with ideas" sense.
Robbie Collin - News of the World