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Green Lantern Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

The ring made a mistake. Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

It's not easy OR interesting being Green. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Green Lantern was meant to be a sci-fi adventure, but it proves to be a genuine mystery. How could its megamoola budget have yielded a production that looks almost as tacky as "Flash Gordon" (which had the good grace to deprecate itself at every turn)?

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    For a movie that touts the importance of humanity, Green Lantern is a strangely lifeless spectacle.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Reynolds makes Hal a perfectly functional comic-book hero, but there's a big difference between functional and super.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn't take itself too seriously.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Entertaining but superficial superhero thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-screen take on the classic comic book superhero, starring Ryan Reynolds as a cocky test pilot who morphs into a superhero, offers lots of fast-paced, combat-filled action, much of it cartoonish in nature. And the movie's Parallax monster is pretty scary (especially for younger kids), but there's isn't much in the way of blood or gore -- though one scene does show a syringe going into a character's eye. The movie is humorous at some moments and intense during others; it superficially addresses heavy topics like death and childhood trauma. Expect infrequent swearing ("s--t," "a--hole," etc.), some drinking (mostly social, by adults), flirting, kissing, and a shot or two of characters in skimpy apparel (one after an implied one-night stand).

  • Families can talk about why Hal is reluctant to step into his role. What holds him back? Is this a typical reaction of would-be superheroes in other movies?
  • Do the movie's special effects minimize the violence? How does the impact of this kind of violence compare to more realistically violent scenes?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie has a pretty powerful (if superficially explored) message: It's OK to admit fear; it's the first step to overcoming it -- though acting out of fear can destroy you. And when you're called to greatness, take heed.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Though he's a bit of a cad, Hal Jordan is a good guy with a caring heart and a fearless nature that he harnesses for good. There are villains, too, but they're clearly portrayed as such and are ultimately doomed.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: The main monster, the Parallax, is pretty scary and could definitely frighten younger children. The movie is filled with loud explosions and battle scenes, mostly involving a lot of punching and throwing and, in one case, deadly light rays that sear through a character's core. There's little blood or gore, though in one scene, a syringe is shown plunging into a character’s eye. Another tries to attack his own father.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some flirting and kissing; a couple is shown briefly under the covers on a bed. It's implied that Hal has had a one-night stand (he's shown in his underwear). Brief cleavage shot.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional use of words like "s--t," "a--hole," "goddammit," "hell," "son of a bitch," "crap," "damn," "goddamn," and "bastard"; a character gives another the finger.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A few labels/brands visible, including Pabst, Apple, and an LG phone. And given that it's a superhero film, expect off-screen product tie-ins, too.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking of beer and hard liquor at a bar, but no one gets sloshed. Social drinking at parties.

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