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Reviews: Divergent (2014)

divergentReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Film koji bi trebao sugerirati nonkonformizam i skretanje s linije školski je primjer holivudske konfekcije.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Is it me, or do all Young Adult literary series share some similarities, such as being unnecessarily and extremely long, insisting that our characters live in dystopia, and be really, really dumb?
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo intento de Hollywood de enganchar al público adolescente con una saga que permite a los despachos de los ejecutivos respirar con calma durante unos cuantos años. Es una castaña.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Even at nearly two and a half hours, Divergent is never able to find its footing. On the contrary, it only devolves further as it goes. Just when it nearly stumbles into a bizarre allegory for the Khmer Rouge, it shifts again into the clumsiest action movie in the world (Ashley Judd was not meant to be an action star).
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A fascinating dystopian tale about a multi-talented young woman who faces many challenges as she tries to remain true to her rebellious character.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una nueva distopía con protagonista juvenil femenina, que no cuenta nada que no nos hayan dicho antes.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Neil Burger proved a capacity for visualizing bizarre head trips in “Limitless,” but his production here seems half-realized.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Elements derived from science fiction classics as diverse as LOGAN’S RUN, STARSHIP TROOPERS and more fuse to create a sort of Cliff Note’s version of dystopia, a background against which the likable and dynamic Woodley plays out the usual YA fantasy about finding your voice and deciding to stand out from the overwhelming peer pressure to conform.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he movie’s blind acceptance of this world and its continuation means that the story itself is essentially a non-starter.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Disappointing young adult sci-fi, seeming a bit stale after other dystopian escapades.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: In spite of the worrisome points in its outlook and lumpy story development that threatens to grind pace to a halt more than once, ultimately I found this much more enjoyable than the popular but consistently mishandled Hunger Games films.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: No, it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even.
  • Daniel Kelly @ eFilmCritic
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Divergent may be more adequate than divergent, but it’s fitfully diverting and more mature than juvenile. It fits the bill, so that’s a step in the right direction before “Insurgent” and “Allegiant” come around.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: The YA franchise wannabe du jour is Divergent, allegedly adapted from the first book of a trilogy by Veronica Roth. I write “allegedly” because I don’t think she’s a real person. Neither is Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer and their countless other clones. Of course you’ll see pictures of them if you Googled their names but I believe we must be in for a long con by the YA publishing industry.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: The film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent doesn’t have the depth to succeed on the same level as Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, it has enough interesting flourishes to entertain, if not necessarily to inform.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Bland, clunky, and lifeless, “Divergent” is built on a flawed premise, with nothing below the surface.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It’s all just crushingly, head-smashingly ordinary and that’s a disappointment for a film that’s so much about being different.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Film marks a notable improvement upon Roth’s book.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: The theme of a teenage heroine stepping up to the plate as she challenges the authority’s status quo in the name of the disillusioned masses has that “been there, done that” cynical sentiment.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: This isn’t The Hunger Games, but considering what else has come and gone, it’s close enough.
  • [New – 4/30/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Shailene Woodly has proven herself in down-to-earth dramas. Now the challenge for Shailene Woodley is to see if she can buoy a dry popcorn entertainment. That test comes in Divergent, an otherwise standard post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller that is not exactly original, but is brought out of the doldrums almost exclusively by Woodley’s unforced performance.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Distopia apressada naquilo que é significativo, redundante no que é supérfluo e cheia de soluções fáceis
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: There’s no real depth – no meaning – other than attempting to duplicate and carry on a beat recently created in other, better films.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: As dreary as it is silly.
  • Phil Villarreal @
Updated: July 13, 2015 — 3:43 pm

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