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June 16 2011

Green Lantern Ravaged by the Critics

Despite a huge marketing campaign, and a fairly high audience interest score, it looks like Green Lantern could be in for a very rough weekend thanks to the numerous bad reviews.

For the most part I gave up paying attention to reviews years ago because I rarely agreed with them.  However, when you have such an overwhelming amount of negativity directed at a film to where you can almost call it universal, you have to figure there is it at least a modicum of truth to it.  Such is the case with Green Lantern which opens tomorrow at theaters across the country.

Taking a look at Rotten Tomatoes, the current score is hovering at 20% which is the score averaged from 79 reviewers.  Switch the view to just “Top Critics” and only 19 chime in, and the score drops to 11%.  The summary review also doesn’t do a whole lot of favors for it either:

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

Ouch.

Over at MetaCritic, which is pulling in 18 reviews, the film is scoring 37 out of 100 with only one review being labeled as “positive.”

In short, it is almost impossible to ignore the overwhelmingly awful reviews this film is getting.  If they were simply blasting it for being a comic book movie, that would be one thing, but everywhere you look you see slams for the acting, the tone, the direction, the script, horrible dialogue, events that happen arbitrarily and on and on and on.  In short, everything I despise in a film.  There is no doubt that this movie will still have a good weekend at the box office, but I would say that the original $60 million that was predicted is not going to come close to being a reality.

Of course, everyone’s mileage will vary, and listening to the critics is certainly not for everyone.  Unfortunately, for me at least, they have hit all the points that would make me repeatedly bang my head against a wall, and that’s just sad.  Green Lantern is a rich character with an enormous back story that cries out to be made into film, but only if it is done so correctly.  Sadly, despite having waited literally waited decades to see a movie of this, I have to say that they can now count me out of being there this weekend.



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