Green Lantern: ‘Joyless garbage’, say American critics

£100million blockbuster The Green Lantern is savaged by critics as film receives its Hollywood premiere.


The Green Lantern, which cost £100million to make and stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, had its American premiere last night in Hollywood – but the American critics have given it a critical mauling. Here’s what they are saying:

“As summer garbage goes, The Green Lantern can’t go fast enough. Even in the brainless world of cinematic comic books gone bad, it’s as bad as it gets—a dumb, pointless, ugly, moronic and incomprehensible jumble of botched effects, technical blunders, and cluttered chaos. Oh yes. It is also – did I forget to mention? – boring.”

“Remember when big, summer blockbusters were fun — when they were a light, clever and entertaining escape? That notion apparently eluded the makers of Green Lantern, a joyless amalgamation of expository dialogue and special effects that aren’t especially special.’

Christy Lemire, Associated Press Movie Critic

“The routine save-the-planet story line never has any real sense of danger or suspense. Add to that inconsistent comedy, goofy aliens and hammy supporting actors — including Tim Robbins as a smarmy senator — and Green Lantern fails to shine.”

Thelma Adams, US Weekly

“It offers little worth listening to in terms of dialogue or music.”

Justin Chang, Variety

“Green Lantern is neither amusing nor exciting enough to ensure a long-running franchise.”

Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

“A hodgepodge . . . the film never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on.”

Karina Longworth, Village Voice

“Judging by the movie, I now understand why the character, familiar as he is, never caught on in a big way. Some superheroes just aren’t meant for movies.”

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

“Whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground down under the Warners overlords’ demographic-pandering heels.”

Keith Uhlich, New York Time Out

“In a summer stuffed with superheroes, this underwhelming offering will likely leave you jaded. The result is a film that’s all set-up and no pay-off: an origin story for a hero we don’t much care for with an elaborate lore we have zero interest in, toplined by a star who’s little more than a torso and a smirk.”

Neil Smith, Total Film

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