The Green Hornet

Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 39
  2. Negative: 12 out of 39
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 14, 2011
    60
    Entirely watchable and often pretty fun, in a mishmashed, patchy kind of way.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Jan 12, 2011
    60
    Rogen isn't the obvious choice for a comic book icon but he forces his personality onto this material with an ingratiating ease.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 12, 2011
    60
    The Green Hornet, which strives to be a different take on the superhero genre, is an interesting film - until it devolves into abject stupidity.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jan 13, 2011
    58
    It's a strange, shapeless, rarely satisfying, but generally amiable movie in which everyone appears to be faking it as they go along, and almost-almost-getting away with it.
  5. 50
    At least The Green Hornet is likable, and a refreshing change from the heavy, angst-ridden superhero pictures so beloved by obnoxious fanboys.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Even as a mindless diversion, it's weak.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Some of the car gadgetry, Kato's specialty, looks cool...The Green Hornet is otherwise colorless, numbing and sluggishly paced.
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Quite a bit less than the sum of its appealing parts.
  9. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    The movie lopes along from one half-baked scene to the next, interrupted on occasion by car-porn sequences.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Too much. Too numbing. Too coy. And ultimately too violent.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 12, 2011
    50
    It's off-putting, rude, misshapen, and more often than not hysterically funny. The second half, sadly, is an ear-splitting train wreck.
  12. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Jan 12, 2011
    45
    While this latest Rogen-penned iteration is a game try, it feels a bit like he's trying to make a volume out of a footnote.
  13. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 12, 2011
    42
    In a last-minute tweak, the production has also been meaninglessly 3-D-ified - never mind that there's nothing whatsoever 3-D-ish going on. Maybe those clumsy 3-D glasses are meant to let moviegoers mimic the superhero mask-wearing experience?
  14. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jan 21, 2011
    40
    The Green Hornet is what you get when someone who dropped out of high school to do standup comedy, then spent a decade in movies and television, conceives a Hollywood "passion project." [24 Jan. 2011, p. 82]
  15. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    Jan 12, 2011
    40
    High hopes of magic from the Gondry-Rogen pairing are dashed. Some neat touches aside, this isn't so much eternal sunshine, more superbad.
  16. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Jan 12, 2011
    40
    The Green Hornet provides a half-hour's worth of mildly entertaining travesty before collapsing in a clamor of bombastic action sequences and lame wisecracks.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 11, 2011
    40
    Injecting a devil-may-care attitude into a franchise-focused blockbuster only gets you so far. When all is said and done, this wasp's got no sting.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 362 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 127
  2. Negative: 33 out of 127
  1. Jan 15, 2011
    10
    I went to this movie with high expectations after seeing trailers all over TV. I was not disappointed. Once again, the CRITICS ARE WRONG.I went to this movie with high expectations after seeing trailers all over TV. I was not disappointed. Once again, the CRITICS ARE WRONG. Geez, how many times have critics underrated movies? Anyways, the movie was great, acting was great, action was excellent, and overall just plain badass and worth your time. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2011
    3
    Is this an action movie? A buddy comedy? A movie focused on character development and motivations and identity? Overall, there's a little bitIs this an action movie? A buddy comedy? A movie focused on character development and motivations and identity? Overall, there's a little bit of each of the above but not enough of each to make the movie redeeming or engaging. I was bored by the third act. And as with most 3D movies these days, the 3D adds nothing. Full Review »
  3. Sep 27, 2011
    3
    "The Green Hornet" has so many (green) cliches, even the smartest of the smartest audiences wouldn't understand this piece of crap.