Box art for Green Lantern

Green Lantern

  • Rated NR

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy


Protectors of peace and justice, the Green Lantern Corp must rely on their newest and only human recruit, Hal Jordan, to save the Earth from a new enemy called Parallax.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    26%
  • Audience Score
    46%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Entertaining but superficial superhero thriller.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this big-screen take on the classic comic book superhero, starring Ryan Reynolds as a cocky test pilot who morphs into a superhero, offers lots of fast-paced, combat-filled action, much of it cartoonish in nature. And the movie's Parallax monster is pretty scary (especially for younger kids), but there's isn't much in the way of blood or gore -- though one scene does show a syringe going into a character's eye. The movie is humorous at some moments and intense during others; it superficially addresses heavy topics like death and childhood trauma. Expect infrequent swearing ("s--t," "a--hole," etc.), some drinking (mostly social, by adults), flirting, kissing, and a shot or two of characters in skimpy apparel (one after an implied one-night stand).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Hal is reluctant to step into his role. What holds him back? Is this a typical reaction of would-be superheroes in other movies?
  • Do the movie's special effects minimize the violence? How does the impact of this kind of violence compare to more realistically violent scenes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    26%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Green Lantern reviews
  • Audience

    46%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Half-campy, half-compelling.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fresh: "Green Lantern" is purely a popcorn movie for 12-year-olds, who won't be disappointed.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rotten: 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.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, June 17, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Convoluted, emotionless and weird but visually pleasing and entertaining enough.

- fb223580, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2 stars

Convoluted, emotionless and weird but visually pleasing and entertaining enough.

- fb223580, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2 stars

Run of the mill & mediocre. The abilities of the green lantern are very cool, but the film seems rushed and uninspired for the most part.

- stormyweather980, Wednesday, February 29, 2012