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Divergent (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 184
Fresh: 75 | Rotten: 109

With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 25

With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.

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DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the

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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (109)

Barely diverting.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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It's all pretty dumb, and it marks a career low for director Neil Burger, who's made some first-class indie dramas from his own scripts.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Vulture
Vulture
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The performances -- namely from stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James and Kate Winslet in a juicy supporting role -- always make the movie watchable and often quite engaging.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com
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Woodley is an obviously talented actress, a standout in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now but she's let down by the story surrounding her.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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All the flashy digital bells and whistles one would equate with such a scenario are kept at a startling minimum--but such a back-to-basics approach thus forces one to pay attention to the actual substance of the story and characters.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

No, it's not wildly different than other science fiction, hero's journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Overall, this is a solid first-up effort for the Divergent franchise. Even though the film loses momentum in its final act as it sets up shop for next year's sequel, a majority of fans will be perfectly content with what has been achieved here.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Yet another slice of post-content sci-fi schlock that relies on audiences over-looking huge story holes and a grand lack of pace in favour of design and a hot young cast...lame-brained.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

If I had to join a faction, I'd be looking for one called Bafflement or Exasperation. After spending the best part of five hours watching Divergent and Only Lovers Left Alive, I understand why audiences are flocking to see the Muppets and The Lego Movie.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Science fiction it may be, but the essence of the film is that timeless adolescent conundrum: who am I?

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

Really the film is so intent on setting things up for, presumably, subsequent films that it forgets to be entertaining and involving in its own right, I think, and so I found this going over my head. I wasn't really interested in all of this.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The director was Neil Burger who handles the action with aplomb.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The conflicts inherent in old-fashioned high school movies are accommodated, with bullying to stir the blood and romance to set the heart thumping. But Divergent's assimilation of all this fails to excite.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Romance and self-realisation wrapped in violence now sell a whole lot of tickets. At least Divergent has more to ponder than most of the field.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It's all very Hunger Games Lite.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

If one can push past the fact that its world feels a little too familiar, this is a deftly executed slice of teen sci-fi.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Filmmaker Neil Burger is more interested in whizzy visuals and a thorny plot to pay much attention to the characters or larger underlying themes, which leaves the film feeling eerily superficial.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

A brutal slog of a movie ...

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Drab production design (bombed-out buildings and Blake's 7 costumes) aims for gloomy portent, but the grit feels as fake as the fashionable tattoos.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

For a tale that trumpets the virtues of non-conformity, teen fantasy adventure Divergent proves disappointingly content to follow the pack.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Another big yawn from the young adult stable

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Veronica Roth loyalists may be delighted. Most everyone else will be aching for the credits.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

This is a slickly made, energetic teen sci-fi yarn, let down by its derivative and schematic storyline.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

An often entertaining, and sometimes very interesting, piece of teen SF.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Audience Reviews for Divergent

There's good chemistry between the leads, which helps overcome some of the boring parts. But not all. Not sure anything chemical could overcome them all.
April 7, 2014
Julie

Super Reviewer

Leaves a lot of stuff unanswered. Good action and performances all around though.
March 29, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Nowadays, film studios seem to want to market specific genres to younger crowds, which is of course a great idea to make money. Twilight and The Hunger Games proved that. Now, the latest craze is Divergent, a somewhat similar story to The Hunger Games, and it has as many fans. I went into this film expecting a total rip-off of The Hunger Games, and expected to hate it. Well, I was pleasantly surprised, I liked it, but it was simply average in my book. There were some good, well thought out parts, and the cast were quite good, especially lead actress Shailene Woodley. I haven't read the books, so I can't compare, but for what it is, Divergent wasn't bad. I enjoyed it for what it was, a fun, entertaining action film that can appeal to anyone looking for a fun dystopian society film. Go into this one with an open mind, you might like it. There are some well executed action scenes, and overall the direction is solid. Divergent has the misfortune of coming after The Hunger Games, and with that being said, I can see why there are similarities between the two. But this is still a good film for what it is, but it could have been much better as well. I think this film doesn't deserve the flack it received, sure it's not as good as The Hunger Games, but it's not a bad movie either. For what it is, it's an entertaining picture from start to finish that I think deserves a bit more credit. Divergent is a film that steadily builds up to a good finish, and if you enjoy Dystopian society films, then this is worth seeing. Divergent is the type of film that can exceed your expectations, it may be flawed, but there are enough aspects at work to make Divergent a thrilling ride even if it isn't perfect.
March 25, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

One choice can transform you.

Great Fun Film! People are expecting this series to match with Harry Potter and mostly The Hunger Games. It could be just another one of those dystopian future tales that revolts against a tyrannical government, but the concept sounds a little transcendent that can somehow relate to the young adult readers. Divergent is competent in filmmaking, but mediocre on themes. The films has a decent way to introduce the world and it truly is intriguing to explore the surfaces. This underwhelming storytelling is thankfully carried by a more fascinating and delicious vision. Neil Burger creates it into larger-than-life, and they are much entertaining than what the script tries to deliver. Everything just moves briskly and makes sure that it doesn't miss a satisfying thrill. The coolest scenes are proof that these filmmakers have big ambition to the project and yet the narrative fails to justify it. The cast has also done well. Shailene Woodley and Theo James are competent enough as the heroes, and Kate Winslet somewhat elevated her villainous character. Overall Divergent is a good film. It fails in few places but succeeds in most that count. With the failure of young adult movies such as Percy Jackson, Divergent healthily separates itself from them. I would recommend seeing it.

Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her.
March 24, 2014
MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

    1. Peter: You wouldn't shoot me.
    2. Tris Prior: Why does everybody keep saying that?
    – Submitted by Elena S (21 days ago)
    1. Four: Fear doesn't shut you down, it wakes you up.
    – Submitted by Elina E (24 days ago)
    1. Tris' Mother: Are you nervous?
    2. Tris Prior: No.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
    1. Four: I know exactly who you really are.
    – Submitted by Inggrid F (27 days ago)
    1. Four: You're supposed to be smart.If I wanted to hurt you,I would have.
    – Submitted by Inggrid F (27 days ago)
    1. Peter: You wouldn't shoot me.
    2. Tris Prior: Why does everybody keep saying that?
    – Submitted by Elena S (27 days ago)
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