“It Was Just Not All That Great”
“Rogen Is A Very Talented Comedian, But This Film Should Have Never Been A Comedy”
“Seth Rogan's Best Movie”
“The Green Hornet Is Like A Funny Batman & Robin Movie Without All The Bat-seriousness.”
“The Green Hornet: "Where Is This Going?" First-act, "This Movie Has Some Awesome-action Scenes" Second-act, And "When The F*** Will This Movie End?" Third-act = Mixed Bag.”
“Mr. Reid, What On Earth Are You Doing?!”
“Kinda Funny But Definitely Not Impressive”
“A Nearly Super Epic-failure Doesn't Save The Day”
“Two Mega Thumbs Up”
“A Hysterical, Rock And Roll Comic-book Adaption That Should Leave People More Than Happy!”
“While Not One Of Seth Rogens Best Films, Its A Great Way To Start 2011 With Great Laughs And A Great Adventure”
“Not So Much”
“A Step-Up For Rogan In A Great Manner”
“This Year's KickAss It Does Something Different, In Look, Tone And In General Character Development And Charming Performances. With A Daft Story, A Daft Script, Some Good Action Sequences Shot The Way Gondry Had Always Envisioned.”
“"THE GREEN BEE!!"”
“"BRITT: So, Where Are You From? KATO: I Come From Shanghai. BRITT: Awesome! I Love Japan."”
“After All This Time We Get To Take The Black Beauty For Another Spin!”
“Based Of The TV Series .... The Green Hornet Turns Out To Be A Funny , Wacky , Over The Top .. Slapstick Wild Thrill Ride. With Seth Rogen Leading The Way As The Iconic Mass Crusader. It Slips At Times But Makes Up For It And Is Sure To Satisfy Moviegoers”
“MY 5 Favorite MOVIEs OF All TImE”
“The Green Hornet Is A Great Way To Start Off The Year. Seth Rogen Continues To Bring Laughter Into Our Lives With His Performance In This Movie. This Movie Stings! (Slur).”
“"Congratulations! The Green Hornet Isn't A Total Disaster!" I'm Sure That's Not What Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg Were Hoping To Hear When They Jumped Aboard "The Green Hornet," But That Sentiment Is The Best I Can Muster.”
“The Green Hornet Is A Disjointed Jumble Of Gag Laughs, Goofy Stunts, And Bizzare Casting.”
“An Entertaining Super-hero Film That Successfully Balances Humor With Action And Never Takes Itself Too Seriously. While Rogen Is Adequate In His Role, It Is Jay Chou And Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz That Really Make The Movie Work.”
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
The movie is extremely loud and none too funny.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
Almost everything about the film is disappointing.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
The Green Hornet doesn't seem worth the outrageous 3-D-glasses surcharge. In all senses, there's little that jumps out at you.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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 violent, clumsy, jokey, badly-plotted and miscast mess...
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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
I like Seth, you like Seth. We all like Seth. BADLY miscast, here. And so was the director.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.
Leah Rozen - The Wrap
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
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
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
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
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
3D, 4D. You can throw double-D's at The Green Hornet, and you'll still end up with C-minus.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Gondry's biggest success is recognising that superheroes can still be funny, and embracing that in every part of this film.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Rogen takes what should have and could have been one of the most unique antithesis' to Batman and transforms it in to a vanity project for his one note comedy and flat one-liners...
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
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
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
For a film with so many potentially hallucinatory avenues, imagination seems to be a worthless currency.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
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
They cast Seth Rogan in the lead role. Big mistake!
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
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 - Skinny
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)
Though there's enough material to fill 119 minutes, I am not persuaded that anything actually happens.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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)
It has more of a sting than you might think.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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)
An admirable yet underwhelming attempt at something a little different.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
'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
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
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
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
Chou steals the show, especially when he speeds into action in glorious Kato-Vision.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
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)
Featuring an eclectic cast and unusual choice of filmmaker, The Green Hornet succeeds as an experiment done right.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Equal parts amusing and tedious - but not in any sense the disaster some have called it.
Catherine Bray - Film4
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
The Seth Rogen spin was just what this movie needed. Rogen and Jay Chou are a dynamic duo indeed!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
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 - Cut Print Review
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
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 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 may well be Michel Gondry's most elaborate meta-joke on escapist infantilism.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
(The) first unapologetic crowd-pleasing, fist-pumping, just-for-fun popcorn flick of 2011.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
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
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
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
...loud and violent, if not annoying.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
This boorishly irreverent superhero sendup is a fiasco, sustained only by its FX.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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
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
"The Green Hornet" is the first exciting family film of 2011!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
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
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'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
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
What should have been, could have been. It sure isn't this Green Slacker.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
This is one occasion where too many cooks in the kitchen actually ended up making some pretty tasty junk food.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
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
Absurd yet entertaining
Rebecca Murray - About.com
...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)
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
Dumb, unfocused movie that is neither comedy nor action-thriller.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Once you get to the fiends and fights that make a comic book movie really work, things go stale.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
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
Spews noxious gas and obnoxious patter.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Though tonally uneven, Hornet nonetheless works as breezy, irreverent entertainment that makes a virtue of its unlikely elements.
Neil Smith - Total Film
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
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
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
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
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
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]
A better, stranger movie can be glimpsed straining to be noticed behind Rogen's standard goofery.
Norman Wilner - Now Playing Magazine
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
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
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
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
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
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
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
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
An action film that doesn't excite and a comedy you never laugh at.
Rob Vaux - Mania.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
A lively but sloppy update for Kato and the Green Hornet.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
This is an overlong, empty bore that squanders its possibilities.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
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 - Atlantic
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
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)
Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Superhero "bromance" is funny but overly childish.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
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
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