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Green Book (12A)

Drama, Comedy

Drama in which an Italian-American takes a job as driver to a black pianist on tour through the Deep South.

The critical consensus

Superb performances power a well-intentioned race relations drama that suffers from a problematic perspective.

***(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 28/01/2019

Just enough (laughing) gas in the tank to merit its two-hour runtime.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 30/01/2019

Both actors give such nuanced performances that audiences will swallow the sentimental moralising of Peter Farrelly's Oscar-nominated film.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 30/01/2019

Mahershala Ali plays a jazz musician who confronts the racism of his driver, played by Viggo Mortensen, in a warm but tentative real-life story.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/01/2019

Green Book cruises through similar territory as Driving Miss Daisy as black history is viewed through the prism of a white protagonist.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 31/01/2019

A heart laced with wit devoid of sentimentality which through a light touch to weighty issues succeeds in packing an emotional punch.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 31/01/2019

When the sentiment threatens to turn gloopy, Ali and Mortensen’s terrific leads steer Farrelly back on-track.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 29/01/2019

A supremely likeable film. Its message might seem obvious and its template overcooked, but it boasts a warm heart, with two astoundingly good lead performances to guide it home.

****(*)John Nugent, Empire Online, 28/01/2019

Mahershala Ali’s performance shines through despite ill-judged moments from director Peter Farrelly.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 03/02/2019

Features about Green Book (12A)

Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama

Tom McCarthy, The Guardian, 16/11/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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