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The Green Hornet

The critical consensus

High hopes of magic from the Gondry-Rogen pairing are dashed. Some neat touches aside, this isn’t so much eternal sunshine, more superbad.

**(*)(*)(*)William Thomas, Empire Online, 12/01/2011

The new film, however long and honourable its pedigree, goes in one brain synapse and out the other.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 12/01/2011

This hornet has had its sting removed.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 13/01/2011

It's a superhero movie geared towards those who find the concept ridiculous. And this is one ridiculous movie.

****(*)Daily Record, 14/01/2011

It is good knockabout fun that’s happy to let Chou steal the show.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 13/01/2011

A trashy superhero comedy.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 14/01/2011

Though tonally uneven, Hornet nonetheless works as breezy, irreverent entertainment that makes a virtue of its unlikely elements. And there’s the added buzz of James Franco’s cameo.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 14/01/2011

This Green Hornet has no sting.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 13/01/2011

It remains a rare franchise reboot where the sense of playfulness outweighs that of strained psychological depth or grim commercial obligation.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Scotsman, 15/01/2011

Adults might be carried along by the harmless fun, but after a while you do wonder if The Green Hornet has any kind of point. Nothing that happens seems to matter to anyone in the film, so it probably won't matter to anyone watching it, either.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 16/01/2011

The movie is extremely loud and none too funny. Everything goes on too long.

Philip French, The Observer, 16/01/2011

The Green Hornet delivers a comic revamp a million miles from the ‘darker’ edge of today’s heroes. Gondry has a clear affection for the crime fighter, bringing his flaws and offbeat charm to the forefront, and by the end of the film it’s hard not to be enamoured with our eponymous hero.

****(*)Thom Atkinson, The Skinny, 19/01/2011

Features about The Green Hornet

Seth Rogen--Is it a producer? A writer? An actor? No, it's super-Seth!

Gill Pringle, The Independent, 07/01/2011

The Green Hornet: superhero trio Diaz, Rogen and Chou reveal all

STV, 14/01/2011

'Green Hornet' star Jay Chou likes low Hollywood profile

The Independent on Sunday, 23/01/2011

French director gives 'Green Hornet' a fresh twist

The Independent, 24/01/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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