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Reviews: Ender's Game (2013)

enders_gameReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 5/15/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una adaptación del clásico demasiado similar a un piloto de serial televisivo
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: The first film of Orson Scott Card’s revered novel is pleasing to the eye, but marred by poor writing and robotic performances.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: As far as slick entertainment goes, this one has enough of a brain to at least vocalise ideas about right and wrong.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Beyond the sci-fi spectacle, “Ender’s Game” delivers a strong story that works for teens and the younger generation while dealing with heavier issues such as the nature of war, regret, guilt, sacrifice and suffering.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The disquieting idea of child soldiers manipulated by patriotic allegiance to a one-state global government is made mostly attractive, with few qualms raised here and there.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he movie’s ultimate lesson … feels like a false afterthought.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: What makes this different from most sci-fi is the provocative question of defensive genocide, along with preemptive strikes, child soldiers and drone warfare.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ender’s Game looks good but it fails at a basic level, to be interesting. Uninvolving characters and a tedious story do not an entertaining film make.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: My soul was never stirred. My spirit did not soar. My intellect did twitch a bit in ways that made my heart ache disagreeably, however.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: I suspect distributors Summit Entertainment have the next “After Earth” on their hands, as opposed to the “Twilight” replacement they’ve been struggling to unearth for the last 12-months.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Smart, good-looking and dramatically involving…
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Ender’s Game delivers great promise beneath a lingering shadow.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Thirty years ago, a film like this would have rocked its audience…unfortuantely a lot has happened since Reagan left office.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: Hood does a decent job at posing the outrageousness of sacrifice at the hands of young minds caught up in the quandary of self-destruction for the purpose of self-preservation. The provocative sentiment in ‘Ender’s Games’ is challenging and quite refreshing.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: This is a condensed, abbreviated version of the novel – entire subplots (including a major one featuring Ender’s siblings) have been excised, and the timescale has been greatly shortened – that may not please diehard fans, but the core themes have been retained. We finally have an adaptation of Ender’s Game, and it’s a surprisingly faithful one, to boot.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Tem alguns momentos de artificialidade que mereciam melhor tratamento – em especial no final – mas é, no geral, um produto muito satisfatório. E com a variedade e quantidade de combates que são apresentados, foi uma façanha não se tornar entediante.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It’s a video game that claims that it’s NOT a video game. I beg to differ.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Ender’s Game has sequences with genuine thrills, and a propulsive energy that’s missing in some other young-adult adaptations of late.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Handsomely mounted but silly and tedious…a striking-looking film that never achieves the epic quality the makers are evidently straining for.
  • Phil Villarreal @
    • Excerpt: Very much porn for video game addicts.
  • Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film
    • Excerpt: Ender’s Game is a cut above a lot of sci-fi action films for teenagers, confronting them not just with special effects, but with a decent debate concerning the morality and politics of war.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:57 am

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