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At the Movies:
By taking the extra time, Darabont has made King's The Green Mile into a story which develops and unfolds, which has detail and space.
The Green Mile effectively sideswipes the enduring hot political issues it raises to force viewers to a pro-Hanks position.
New York Times:
Unassumingly strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking.
Much of the three-hour movie takes place in the prison, but the resonant characterization, expansive plotting, and judicious use of exterior locations and flashbacks turn the walls into windows.
In its own old-fashioned way, Frank Darabont's style of picture making is well matched to King-size yarn spinning.
Globe and Mail:
Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.
A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
A cracking good yarn that earns its laughter, its wonder and its tears.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Frank Darabont is such a committed filmmaker, and believes so earnestly and intensely in the stories he puts onscreen, that it seems unsporting to point out that hokum is his middle name.
To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.
The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.
The Green Mile often grabs, and generally holds, one's attention through the long journey.