Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Violent, animated superhero movie with thoughtful messages.
  • PG
  • 2011
  • 84 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters debate the existence of destiny/whether people make their own choices. One character makes assumptions and learns that things aren't always as they appear. Other characters argue about loyalty to your family versus the impulse to do the right thing. Most characters come out wiser from their experiences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Green Lantern of Earth is only a minor character in this multi-story movie, but all Green Lanterns are chosen because of their bravery -- or, more appropriately, their ability to overcome fear. Some of the characters are young recruits, and even though they're not sure what to do, they step up to the challenge. Veteran Green Lanterns are sometimes condescending to younger ones, but it's only for show. There's a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork here. 


This is a fairly violent movie, with several fights and battles. Blades are used in battle, but blood is drawn in only one scene (and it's blue alien blood). Mostly the battles consist of Green Lantern power rings and martial arts-style punching and kicking. Some characters die, and some other, darker sequences could be somewhat frightening to younger viewers.


The movie has fairly frequent language, including "damn" and "hell," as well as "frigging bastards," "crap," "stupid," "my God," and "son of a cur." Additionally, a made-up word, "poozers," is used quite often.


Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated feature film is rated PG but is consistently violent, with fights and battles throughout. Some weapons are drawn, but only some blue alien blood is seen. Most of the fights use either Green Lantern power rings or martial arts-style punching and kicking. Language includes gateway words like "damn" and "hell."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 12, and 16-year-old Written byHendo H. U January 13, 2018
Kid, 11 years old July 24, 2015

Very Great Sci-Fi Green Lantern Movie.

I bought this movie when I was 10 years old, and it's very good. However, it is also very violent. There are lots of Sci-Fi style explosions and martial ar... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 16, 2013

Good Movie

I watched it with my 4,6 and 9 year old sisters.I didn't stay until the end of the movie because I couldn't deal with the language,although my 6 and 4... Continue reading

What's the story?

Upon hearing about an impending attack by the giant Krona, the Guardians of the Universe begin evacuating their home planet. The Green Lantern of Earth (voiced by Nathan Fillion) is mentoring a young recruit, Arisia (Elisabeth Moss), and takes the opportunity to tell her several stories of other members of the Green Lantern Corps. Green Lantern Laira (Kelly Hu) must face her warlord father; a cosmic bully tries to find and fight the most fearsome Green Lantern of all, Mogo; and Sinestro (Jason Isaacs) and Abin Sur (Arnold Vosloo) have a disagreement about destiny. Can Arisia learn enough from these stories to help with the current situation?

Is it any good?

At first, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS suffers from too many characters and not enough character development. Even the main hero, Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern from Earth, only appears for a fraction of the entire running time. Likewise, most of the early episodes seem to be about fighting, which is violent, and -- in an effort to avoid too much gore -- repetitive.

But as the movie goes on, the individual stories become more thoughtful and entertaining; the highlight is the tale of "Bolphunga the Unrelenting" and his search for Mogo. Eventually, the stories begin to rely on simple, clever solutions rather than violent ones. Even the characters begin to emerge as comrades and partners; their teamwork becomes the focus. Working with at least eight writers, three different directors manage to instill the movie with a cohesive look and impressive style.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's fighting and violence. How intense is it? Is it exciting or overwhelming? How does the movie achieve these effects?

  • Some of the characters in the movie learn hard lessons, such as never to judge a book by its cover or to try to do the right thing even if your family says differently. Which lesson hits you the hardest? Do you agree or disagree with the movie?

  • What does it mean to be able to overcome fear? Is it possible to make fear go away? What is the purpose of fear?

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