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Green Lantern (2011)



Critic Consensus: Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology.

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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 sworn 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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Ryan Reynolds
as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Blake Lively
as Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard
as Dr. Hector Hammond
Tim Robbins
as Senator Hammond
Jay O. Sanders
as Carl Ferris
Taika Waititi
as Tom Kalmaku
Angela Bassett
as Dr. Amanda Waller
Jon Tenney
as Martin Jordan
Mike Doyle
as Jack Jordan
Nicholas Jandl
as Jim Jordan
Dylan James
as Jason Jordan
Leanne Cochran
as Janice Jordan
Jeff Wolfe
as Bob Banks
Lena Clark
as Senator's Assistant
Jenna Craig
as Young Carol
Deke Anderson
as Four Star General Caven
Griff Furst
as UCAV Operator #1
Garrett Hines
as UCAV Operator #2
Ritchie Montgomery
as Bunker Doctor
Marcela Fonseca
as Beautiful Girl
Douglas M. Griffin
as DEO Agent #1
Armando L. Leduc
as DEO Agent #2
Kenneth Brown Jr.
as Avionics Tech #1
Silas Cooper
as Avionics Tech #2
Dane Rhodes
as Ferris Security Guard
LaTonya Norton
as News Reporter #1
Melanie Hebert
as News Reporter (F-35 Crash)
Rick Searfoss
as Two Star General
Laura Cayouette
as Party Guest #1
Bernard Hocke
as Party Guest #2
Michael Jamorski
as Football Jock
Geoffrey Rush
as Tomar-Re
Warren Burton
as First Guardian
Salome Jens
as Female Guardian
Clancy Brown
as Parallax
Tony Owens
as Singer
Donna Haynes Crehan
as Additional Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Green Lantern

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (69)

All the prancing about on a galaxy far far away where Hal [Ryan Reynolds] meets the other Green Lanterns, and the wise ancients, and a gigantic gruff sergeant-type who learns him his ropes is all a bit of a bore.

April 2, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Green Lantern is not a perfect movie, but it's fun to watch.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

How many more of these superheroes can we take?

October 7, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The green aesthetic misfires: the whole film looks as if it's been inspired by a particular shade of washing-up liquid, or the glowing screens of ancient computers.

August 11, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Things improve as the plot kicks in, thanks to enjoyable performances from Peter Sarsgaard, as the more-or-less human villain, and Blake Lively as the feisty heroine.

August 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

A certain tone is needed to carry off the script's manifold absurdities. It has to be tongue-in-cheek rather than foot-in-mouth and Reynolds' success rate is intermittent at best.

August 10, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Green Lantern


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 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).

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


I'm surprised to see that so many people hated this movie, since it is not bad but rather an entertaining superhero movie (despite an irregular CGI) with good dialogue and decent acting, especially from Peter Sarsgaard, who seems to be having a lot of fun as the bad guy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Not just fear ... but fear from space, space fear, yellow-colored space fear threatens home sweet home ... what's a world to do? Luckily, our hero enters: the jock next door, more irreverent than Mad magazine, able to leap over discarded girlfriends with a single bound, and that's only his entrance. There's fun to be had as this superhero dreams his power up on the spot, if only the work had been better thunk out. Its a summertime movie, so whatever.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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