Green Lantern review scores are finally being posted on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie already has a lot of doubters, so the first batch would go a long way toward silencing or fueling them. Expectations for the core fans have already gone up and down with each successive trailer, but the early critics are working toward lowering them again.
Although no movie reviews were up on Rotten Tomatoes before last night, 11 have been posted since, and only three of them are positive. With an early 27 percent positive score, and an average rating of 4.6 out of 10, the first test flight for the film isn’t boding well.
Even the positive reactions are a bit mixed, as the Hollywood Reporter praises it as “muscular” and “well-cast,” but concedes that it just does “variations on similar moments” from other superhero epics. In addition, Sky Movies rates the movie fresh, yet also calls it “a comic-book cocktail for happy hour.”
Among the more negative reactions, Hitfix’s Drew McWeeney judges the movie to be “inert, artificial and dead on arrival” while News of the World dismisses it as “two finger-drumming hours of puffed-up, prancing tripe.” As for the Green Lantern himself, a.k.a. “Sexiest Man Alive” Ryan Reynolds, he doesn’t fare much better, with the website Total Film referring to him as “little more than a torso and a smirk.”
There are dozens of critics who haven’t weighed in yet, but if this is a sign of things to come, then the movie isn’t likely to reach “fresh” levels by Friday’s release. As such, this would break the perfect record for comic-book movies this summer, after Thor and X-Men: First Class had both solid reviews and big box office.
With four superhero epics this summer, it was unlikely that all of them would be met well. In the case of Green Lantern, expectations and buzz were mixed from the start, especially after the first trailers. But after future teasers showed a better look at the world of Oa, fans got their hopes back up. However, these first reactions are bound to bring them right back down again.
If the scores don’t get any better, this would be the third critical bomb of the summer, following The Hangover Part 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. But those movies still cleaned up at the box office anyway, which bodes well for this film.
However, considering that Thor, X-Men, Super 8, Bridesmaids and Kung Fu Panda 2 managed to get money and fresh reviews recently, Green Lantern might look worse by comparison. It would appear that the movie will receive a drubbing or two over the next few days, until audiences can defend or bash it starting Friday.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Green Lantern”
Hollywood Reporter- “Green Lantern: Film Review”