Divergent (2014)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Veronica Roth, Vanessa Taylor, Evan Daugherty
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 4, 2014
Box Office: $150.8M
Lionsgate Films/Summit Entertainment - Official Site


as Tris Prior

as Four

as Jeanine Matthews

as Christina

as Edward

as Madre de Tris

as Erudite Teacher

as Little Abnegation Gi...

as Dauntless Man

as Erudite Guard

as Dauntless Patrol Man

as Ezra

as Bullied Abnegation B...

as Jonathan Ziegler

as Zipline #1

as Zipline #2

as Zipline #3

as Dauntless Instructor

as Factionless Girl

as Factionless Man #1

as Factionless Man #2

as Older Abnegation Man

as Ten Year Old Tris

as Candor Judge

as Candor Lawyer

as Candor Witness

as Abnegation Woman

as Abnegation Man

as Candor Attorney #2
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Critic Reviews for Divergent

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (42)

It's really just an elaborate metaphor for Being Your Own Beautiful Self, which apparently goes over well with readers of a certain tender age.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

... a journey that puts (Tris), her family, and the entire 23rd century in danger before Buck Rogers can get back to save it.

Full Review… | March 29, 2015

Divergent takes its time in setting up the story and -- frankly -- future installments in the series.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Under the Radar

Divergent is a banal experience that suffers from a stretched-out plot and uninteresting characters.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014

For this first film at least, much of the fantastical elements feels as much like window dressing as the post-apocalyptic material in After Earth.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

It's not at all as intelligent as it thinks it is, but it's a pretty solid epic all things considered.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Divergent

Certainly better than I expected. While the plot can be a bit formulaic and stretched out, this YA novel adaptation slightly rises above with it's intriguing premise (with hints of philosophical intrigue that I hope will get explored more in the two sequels), a solid cast (Shailene Woodley gives a compelling turn as Tris, the film's action heroine), and well-directed action sequences.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Neil Burger's Divergent diverges from greatness.

Running for a 130 minutes, the story never finds a consistent pace; taking much too long to develop and rushing with its ending. By employing the lengthy buildup, the film manages to drop interest by the time it begins to pick up for its finale.

There isn't much action, it isn't much of an a adventure, and the special effects are used sparingly. Nothing noteworthy stands out in this department.

The characters are bland along with much of the performances. Shailene Woodley is difficult to take serious with her role, although the lack of action makes it more reasonable. Theo James is as monotone as his character's name. Four.

Divergent does enough to get by, but not enough to be a recommendation.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

When I first saw the trailer for this I rolled my eyes and said "Hunger Games ripoff". Now, it's not a ripoff, but had "Hunger Games" not been a success I doubt this would have been made. I'm not really going to try to describe the story of this movie, but if you don't know it won't make a lick of sense. It's a little complicated and requires your full attention. Now, when I watched it it was one of those "on in the background" situations where I was doing something else and not watching as intently as I should have been. But, I got the jest of it. Shailene Woodley is fantastic and really the biggest reason to watch this. The effects and overall story are just ok, but Woodley is electric. She is a star on the rise for sure. For what it is, it's decent enough. Girls will probably like this a lot more than the guys will, because it doesn't have a whole lot of action. But, it is interesting, and I'll check out the sequels for sure. Just have to make sure I rewatch this as a refresher. Worth a watch.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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