Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 39
  2. Negative: 12 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 12, 2011
    80
    The film is a blast.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 14, 2011
    75
    Feels like a movie that belongs in June or July, with all the other comic book fare. But I'll gladly take it now, no matter what the calendar says.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jan 14, 2011
    75
    Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Jan 13, 2011
    75
    Kato's often the best part of the movie. Britt calls him a "human Swiss army knife," and he's right; Kato is not a sidekick, but a fully formed hero who's full of surprises.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jan 12, 2011
    75
    A big, boisterous action-comedy - a funny, exciting and intentionally goofy summer movie that just happens to arrive in the middle of January.
  6. Jan 17, 2011
    70
    The mix is not nearly classic but is congenial enough to warm up a January weekend and perhaps to stoke a sequel. Call it "The Green Hornet Strikes Again?" No: "Kato II!"
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 14, 2011
    70
    Turns out, Michel Gondry has crafted an irreverently funny, ultramodern take on the 1930s radio serial.
  8. 70
    Never achieves sufficient traction to go the blockbuster distance.
  9. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jan 14, 2011
    67
    Has enough kicks and verve to keep the winter blues at bay, at least for a little while.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 13, 2011
    63
    The Green Hornet doesn't suck. But don't expect it to hang together either, what with the clashing tones and melting logic.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 14, 2011
    60
    Entirely watchable and often pretty fun, in a mishmashed, patchy kind of way.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 50
    At least The Green Hornet is likable, and a refreshing change from the heavy, angst-ridden superhero pictures so beloved by obnoxious fanboys.
  16. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Even as a mindless diversion, it's weak.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Quite a bit less than the sum of its appealing parts.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Too much. Too numbing. Too coy. And ultimately too violent.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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]
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jan 14, 2011
    38
    The high point might be the opening scene, before the stars arrive on screen.
  29. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jan 13, 2011
    38
    Hiring this sensitive fantasist (Gondry) to make the superhero saga The Green Hornet is like hiring satirist John Waters to make "Rambo." Hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of filmmaker and material.
  30. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 12, 2011
    38
    A violent, clumsy, jokey, badly-plotted and miscast mess.
  31. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jan 14, 2011
    30
    Sadly, these small bursts of beauty seemed so at odds with the movie's general crushing mediocrity that they were like quickly squelched protests against it.
  32. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 14, 2011
    30
    Gondry's update of vigilante crime fighter The Green Hornet's escapades is above all an exercise in frustration.
  33. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 13, 2011
    25
    There's nothing here but a concept and a marketing and merchandising strategy, at the center of which somebody - oh, no - had to come up with an actual movie.
  34. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 12, 2011
    25
    An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.
  35. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 12, 2011
    25
    Billed as an action comedy, The Green Hornet isn't funny, and the action is often too frenetic to make any impression.
  36. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 13, 2011
    10
    The film's only unqualified success is the end title sequence-because it's genuinely stylish, because it looks like it was shot in genuine 3-D and, most of all, because it's the end.
  37. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 14, 2011
    0
    Such a feeble excuse for an action comedy that it's already taken pride of place in my upcoming worst-movies-of-2011 list.
  38. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 14, 2011
    0
    Overblown, interminable and unfunny.
  39. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jan 13, 2011
    0
    May not be the most tedious superhero movie ever - the competition is admittedly tough - but it is certainly in the running.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 339 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 123
  2. Negative: 33 out of 123
  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. 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 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.