Parents' Guide to

Green Lantern

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Entertaining but superficial superhero thriller.

Movie PG-13 2011 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 12+

just like ryan rynolds
age 11+

Decent movie

Good movie but has some violence and swearing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (64 ):

Buoyant, irreverent, and not entirely satisfying, GREEN LANTERN is, as superhero movies go, heavy on the artillery (special effects) and light on profundity. Is it really that difficult to create a superhero with complexity (Spider-Man and Iron Man excepted)? It's not for lack of material; Hal Jordan, after all, has plenty of childhood trauma to mine. Although the movie acknowledges his torment, it spends much more time painting him as a bad-boy-with-a-heart enlivened by a ring that allows him to perform super-cool tricks. (As Hammond, Saarsgard does a better job at three-dimensionality but is also plagued by too much theatricality.)

The movie admittedly engaging at first -- wouldn't you be agog, too, if you discovered you had the ability to create anything simply from willpower and thought? But the conceit gets old quickly. Characters that could easily have lent Hal gravitas -- his nephew, his brothers -- disappear without a trace. Any nod to his shades of gray are quickly erased. This isn't to say that Reynolds fails; on the contrary, his easy charm appeals. But next time (if there is a next time), can his Jordan plumb more emotional depths?

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