Running time 2h 10min | Directed by Peter Farrelly | USA | Biography, Comedy, Drama
When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
This is an expertly-acted, perfectly telegraphed message movie that knows the buttons it’s pushing, and pushes them all, right on cue. This is not a knock against it, it’s a compliment.
Adam Graham | Detroit News | Full review
Nuanced in places, tellingly clunky in others, its central idea is old-fashioned yet beguiling: that racism can be defeated if only people get to know each other. Still, Mortensen is excellent and Ali outstanding as an unexpected friendship takes root.
Sarah Cartland | Caution Spoilers | Full review