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In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors swo... read more read more...rn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. -- (C) Warner Bros

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DVD Release Date: October 14, 2011

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  • June 18, 2011
    After reading a handful of bad reviews i went into this expecting a giant pile of turd. Now granted I don't dislike many movies. Everything has its good qualities. And I have enjoyed several recent movies that others have disliked. That said my expectations had been seriously low... read moreered going in and well, it wasnt as bad as I expected.

    The movie had somewhat decent acting across the board. Nothing great, just good enough for what the actors were given with.

    The movie relied heavily on CGI for its otherworldly Corp Members and settings. These were not bad just a huge chunk of the movie.

    Up against both Thor and X-Men First Class the movie had little to no deeper story. Both of those two movies this summer had a bit more going for them story wise.. There seemed to be some parts that did feel a bit rushed.

    overall though I enjoyed the movie.
  • fb100001050230219
    August 6, 2014
    Wow, I was WAY too nice to this when I first saw it.
  • August 7, 2013
    This movie will be good if the viewer decides to leave his/her brain at home. The human brain naturally finds faults with or can pick apart things that are wrong. At times we overlook these kinds of mistakes if something is truly spectacular over all. These mistakes are too preva... read morelent in Green Lantern. For instance, gravity effects the heroes in space but oxygen doesn't? Apart from that the plot is very thin and antagonists were not developed. Characters in general were badly developed, aside from Hal. Something with so much promise as the Green Lantern ended up being something slip-shoddily made and ultimately forgettable. I'm sorry Armand White, you got this one right.
  • February 9, 2013
    Green Lantern seems to be that one superhero movie that everyone seemed to hate and was extremely panned by critics, and to be honest I don't really see anything really insanely bad about it like everyone else. While yes I think Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan is a strange choice and... read more feel more like he could play the Flash more than the Green Lantern, one of my favorite Superheroes but he does the role actually pretty well in my mind and he is pretty funny IMO. Many of the actors actually do pretty good jobs too, except for two, Tim Robbins and Peter Sarsgaard. While I love Robbins in films like Shawshank Redemption, he really is given almost nothing to work with in this film at all, he is mainly just there and does almost nothing the whole film and Sarsgaard is just so obnoxious in the movie and really just feels almost pointless and especially since he was not really as involved or as big of a villain in the comics (I did like how he had a Pokemon Sapphire game in his house which was pretty funny). The effects in the film also all look great especially the fantastic designs of all of the different Lanterns during the scene where all the lanterns meet to discuss the problem of Parallax, which he is a fantastic effect in and of itself (plus it was awesome to have Clancy "Mr. Krabs, Mr. Freeze" Brown play him).
  • January 13, 2013
    So far from what I usually watch, but still enjoyable super hero flick, not on the level of Batman, but still enjoyable. 4 stars
  • November 23, 2012
    This movie isn't bad; It's very pretty, but it's just dumb and never connects. I figured this movie's problem out about halfway through: none of the characters have sound motivation for anything they do. Nothing anyone does makes sense, because this damn movie never took the time... read more to hash out why anyone would behave the way they do. Are all Lantern recruits treated with such hostility by Sinestro and their trainers? How did the guardian who became Paralax make the jump between trying to harness fear to becoming an evil fear engine? Why is Hector on his side? How do you become physically infected by an abstract concept, and how do you then throw it into the sun? If the screenwriters had taken a little more time to answer questions like these, this movie might not have lost everybody. Those questions are important, you guys. Ryan Reynolds is endearing, but only to a point.
  • October 7, 2012
    I'm not familiar with the underlying comic book character so I can't comment on the film's similarities. That said, I didn't think it was as bad as some people were saying. I enjoyed it and would watch it again. Then again, it's hard not to watch any movie with Ryan Reynolds i... read moren it....
  • September 8, 2012
    A cocky test pilot receives a magic ring from an alien race and is thrust into an intergalactic battle for Earth's salvation.
    Although this film was critically panned -- the most interesting of these reviews in Christopher Orr's of The Atlantic who astutely observes that Hal Jord... read morean is rich and gets richer as opposed to the zero-to-hero trope we see in Spiderman and Captain America -- I can't say that I see much difference between this film and the rest of the superhero films that have dominated the multiplex of late. But that doesn't mean it's a good film. All of the characters are flat, and Hal Jordan's transformation into a hero of social conscience is underdeveloped. Any intrapersonal conflict about Hal Jordan overcoming his fear fails to compel because his failures aren't all that dramatic. The film plays up the tired good-versus-evil trope, and the woefully miscast Peter Sarsgaard is far from a compelling villain.
    Overall, it's bad, but it's just as bad as most of the stuff people seem to like lately.
  • fb1442511448
    August 11, 2012
    For a film that's highly budgeted, it failed to hit that superhero-punch. Though it provided a visually remarkable landscape, it fails to fly from its poor story and less-that-impressive performance from not only the hero, but those around. 2.5/5
  • May 13, 2012
    How does a superhero movie with a $200 million budget end up looking like a $30 million TV movie? A lot of the CGI-heavy scenes look like video game cut scenes, and a lot of the scenes with Ryan Reynolds flying look like his head is awkwardly floating around. It also perplexes ... read moreme why they had the Green Lantern costume all computer generated. Why didn't they just make an actual costume? This movie had five writers, which shows because the plot is so thin, clustered, un-focused, and incoherent that it becomes hard to emotionally connect to anything. The Parallax story is not given enough attention and the Hector Hammond storyline could have been deleted all together. The film tries to balance realism with fantastic science fiction elements but fails miserably. If the movie had just been Green Lanterns training on the planet Oa, it could have been decent. Reynolds does a decent job for what he is given (despite being miss-casted) along with Mark strong and Peter Sarsgaard. It is just a shame that a better script wasn't written for them. This feels like the type of superhero movie that would have been made before the Christopher Nolan Batman series or the first two X-men films, not after. Instead of taking inspiration from the characters vast comic book mythology, the filmmakers made a "Top-Gun" rip-off. In this age of superhero movies, an ill-conceived mess such as this is un-acceptable.

Critic Reviews

Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Leah Rozen, TheWrap

How many more of these superheroes can we take? Full Review

Richard Roeper
June 20, 2011
Richard Roeper, Richard

He's an ambiguously...heroic hero. Full Review

David Edelstein
June 20, 2011
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

Apart from having no particular reason to exist onscreen, especially at these prices, it's not half bad. Full Review

James Berardinelli
June 17, 2011
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The result makes the movie seem assembled from bits and pieces of other superhero yarns rather than existing on a plane of its own. Full Review

Christopher Orr
June 17, 2011
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

The superhero genre is the home-court of the underdog, of skinny Peter Parkers and mutant outcasts, of heroes born from pain or ingenuity. In Green Lantern, the rich get richer. Full Review

Dana Stevens
June 17, 2011
Dana Stevens, Slate

Even by the standards of the current run of mediocre comic-book movies, this one stands out for its egregious shoddiness. Full Review

Tom Long
June 17, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

As a disjointed rumble in the cosmos, it's both too much and too little, and too dorky looking. In this case, Green means stop. Full Review

Peter Rainer
June 17, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

At least the filmmakers acknowledge that Reynolds in green tights and mask still looks like his non-Green Lantern alter ego, cocky test pilot Hal Jordan. There's none of this Clark Kent/Superman silli... Full Review

Laremy Legel
June 17, 2011
Laremy Legel,

It's almost as if no one cared to try hard enough to tell a coherent and engaging story. Full Review

Liam Lacey
June 17, 2011
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

[The] movie groans with the strain of explaining who Green Lantern is, while also trying to sell the movie as a big, eye-popping summer entertainment. What gets sacrificed on the altar of this new fra... Full Review

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    • Dr. Hector Hammond: Well, I used to fight my fears. But now that I've tasted its true power, I'll never go back!
    • Parallax: You are afraid. Good.
    • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Hey, Carol. Was gonna do a little flying today. What do you think?
    • Carol Ferris: I think you're late.
    • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Yes, that's only because I slept in.
    • Carol Ferris: I used to sleep in. Then I turned 11. Let me give you a little heads-up. I've gone up against these Sabres all week and they have smoked me every time. There isn't anything that you can do that they can't do better, faster and without disappointing women everywhere.
    • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: I, uh, think we both know that's not true.
    • Carol Ferris: This is exactly why I didn't want you for this. My father did. I would've gone with Jensen.
    • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: I'd have gone for Jensen too. But unfortunately, he's busy not being good enough.
    • Carol Ferris: At least he shows up. Hal, this test today, it's important.
    • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: I got it. I'm gonna make you look good up there. Don't worry, okay? Now let's get these pants off and fly some planes.
    • Tom Kalmaku: That's the best you could come up with for your first big appearance? Racetrack.
    • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Oh, I'm sorry. Did I disappoint you?
    • Kilowog: Gravity's a bitch.
    • Green Lantern: I know, right?

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