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The Green Mile Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Excessive, but I, like Mr. Jingles, can't resist the Christmas-season cheese.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Well acted by an ensemble that leans toward equality for all, Mile carries its long running time extremely well.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As Darabont directs it, it tells a story with beginning, middle, end, vivid characters, humor, outrage and emotional release. Dickensian.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Thoughtful, intelligent movie for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a horrifyingly graphic execution scene. Talk to teens who see the movie about Coffey's wish to be put out of his misery, which could be seen by sensitive kids as an argument in favor of suicide.

  • Families can talk about the idea that a person might have an extraordinary talent to heal, where that power might come from, and what the responsibilities and burdens might be. Must that ability be accompanied, as it is in John Coffey, with the agonizing experience of "feeling the pain of the world?" Can a person be a healer without experiencing the pain he relieves in others? Must a person whose entire existence is about healing be willing to destroy? What can be healed, and what can not? And why set this story on Death Row? The characters tell us that "What happens on the Mile stays on the Mile. Always has." What rules are different in these direst of circumstances, and why?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Intense scenes, including very explicit execution.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language, use of racial epithets.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mild.