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The Green Hornet Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Super-not-bad-at-all Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Goofy crime-fighting fun. 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.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In a last-minute tweak, the production has also been meaninglessly 3-D-ified - never mind that there's nothing whatsoever 3-D-ish going on. Maybe those clumsy 3-D glasses are meant to let moviegoers mimic the superhero mask-wearing experience?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Some of the car gadgetry, Kato's specialty, looks cool...The Green Hornet is otherwise colorless, numbing and sluggishly paced.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Never achieves sufficient traction to go the blockbuster distance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Superhero "bromance" is funny but overly childish.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this superhero flick is really more of a "bromantic" comedy, with lots of childish language and violence. Fairly frequent strong language includes "s--t" and "ass" and their many variations, plus "p---y," "d--k," and one use of "f--k." Sexuality and alcohol are concentrated in the first third of the movie, including a fair bit of partying and one scene in which Britt (Seth Rogen) wakes up in bed with a bra-clad woman. There are no big life lessons to learn or strongly positive role models, as the two main characters aren't morally righteous superheroes we're used to in similar films. Instead, they're basically independently financed boys with toys who do good more for kicks than out of a real sense of duty. Note: The 3-D version of the movie has heightened martial arts/action sequences.

  • Families can talk about how Britt and Kato compare to other superheroes. Are they role models?
  • How is Lenore different than other women in superhero movies?
  • What kinds of things do most superhero/comic book movies have in common? How does this one compare?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Britt and Kato learn lessons about friendship, freedom of the press, the dangers of political corruption, and the need for newspapers to report the truth ethically.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The only clear role model in the movie is Lenore, who's smart and hardworking and doesn't predictably fall for either guy in the movie.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Although the violence is bloodless, there's a high body count, with the deaths occurring in various ways -- from (double-barrel) guns at close range to explosions to being buried, crushed, etc. Most of the violent scenes involve hand-to-hand fights, martial-arts, and some punching and kicking.

  • sex false3

    Sex: In the first few scenes of the movie, Britt is shown hanging out with many beautiful women, slapping their bottoms and dancing with them. Many women at his parties are dressed provocatively. Britt makes out with a woman in one scene and another in the next. He wakes up next to a woman he's obviously slept with but can't remember her name (she's dressed only in a bra). He tries to kiss his assistant, but she pushes him off of her.

  • language false3

    Language: Lots of swearing, especially "s--t" and "ass," but also "p---y," "bitch," "d--k," "damn," "hell," "crap," "douche," "goddamn," and the like. One use of "f--k."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Red Bull, a Jaguar, and the cars that Britt has in his garage.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Britt parties hard, and at the beginning of the film he's shown drinking with all his friends. Later he tries to mix a drink of vodka and Red Bull. References to crystal meth and a drug lab.

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