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Divergent (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 113

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: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 27

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

Aug 5, 2014

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All Critics (192) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (113)

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
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The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register
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If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Tris is no Katniss Everdeen, and Divergent is a better film for not trying to impersonate a similar trilogy. It won't excite the world to the extent of The Hunger Games but this more humble offering is nevertheless exciting, fun and satisfying.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

This dystopia flick offers a pseudo-allegory for teenagehood along with a predictable plot, bland setting, and pat romance. So it conforms to today's alt-world teen-film formula.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A far more interesting plot lurks in the background ... It's this - not the mawkish romance - that leads to a fairly exciting climax and sets the stage for a more intriguing premise in the two additional movies that already are in the works ...

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Dramatically, Divergent wanders, but over rich philosophical soil.

April 28, 2014 Full Review Source: America Magazine
America Magazine

A relatively faithful adaptation that brings with it the best and the worst parts of the novel and leaves out a few things that might have made it better.

April 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Although 'Divergent' has understandably attracted a great readership, as did its predecessor, 'The Hunger Games' series, this new 'young adult' tale has a much weaker presence on the big screen

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If the 'Hunger Games' films do a fairly tidy job of explaining their premise, 'Divergent' has to over and over for nearly 2 1/2 hours.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

...just another bloated adaptation that's unable to capture the magic of its literary forebear.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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)

Audience Reviews for Divergent

A lot of young adult movie has been made in the past 5 years since 'Twilight' and I think 'Divergent' continues the tradition after 'The Hunger Games' with a balance proportion between the love story and the conflict itself.. For me, casting Shailene Woodley as Tris was a great casting, while Theo James proves he chosen because he can act not only from his beautiful face.. The story itself quite interesting, how Veronica Roth made the story, and the cast did a brilliant job with another thumbs up for uprising young actor such as Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz.. Overall, as a normal audience would rate this movie, I gave it 4 stars because it's interesting story and nice cast..
July 20, 2014
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Leaves a lot of stuff unanswered but that's because this is a trilogy (which left me a bit frustrated). Overall, good action and performances all around though. After reading the book, this was a really good adaptation.
May 13, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Divergent uses every teen movie cliche possible to tell a story about keeping your individuality as you integrate into society as an adult. It's by no means a bad movie. It has the best of intentions, looks great and is well acted. But where Harry Potter and The Hunger Games managed to connect with audiences outside their fanbase, Divergent is instantly forgettable. Unless you read and liked the book I guess.
May 10, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

Better than expected! Despite the dystopian segregation into what are essentially Houses of Hogwarts that only futuristic leaders ever think is a good idea, the YA romance of "Divergent" seems to have learned from the mistakes of its predecessors (emo wallpaper girl--emo stalker boy--emo muscley boy love triangle of "Twilight" and emotionless tough girl--emo baker boy--emotionless muscley boy love triangle of "The Hunger Games") and crafted a first installment featuring a heroine with a tough AND emotional journey and just one leading boy who has a life outside of love. Four started out as Tris's superior in Dauntless faction, and while Tris proves her mettle, Four never makes her feel that she needs his approval.

I wasn't into Theo James's face at first from the promo posters, but his face is actually better in motion. He plays Four with gloom and glower but also tenderness and compassion. Shailene Woodley is a little blank at first, but she eventually faces down icy blue Kate Winslet with conviction and divergent badassery. Woodley has also got to be the best cryer in the business. Between the swimming pool scene in "The Descendants" and *spoilers* Tris clutching her dying mother in the inadequate refuge of an alleyway, gibbering to no avail at the shooters to stop shooting - ALL THE FEELS!
April 28, 2014
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

    1. Four: As a Dauntless soldier you have to follow orders you don't always agree with...
    2. Tris Prior: Who is she?
    3. Four: She's an innocent... and I have to kill her. But I can never do it... unless I look away.
    – Submitted by Ashley N (50 days ago)
    1. Tris Prior: Because you're so approachable
    – Submitted by Roz Nicole S (2 months ago)
    1. Tris Prior: Who is that?
    2. Four: An innocent.
    – Submitted by Kristen V (2 months ago)
    1. Four: I don't want to be just one thing. I want to be brave, selfless, intelligent, and honest, and kind... Well, I'm still working on kind.
    – Submitted by Bob B (3 months ago)
    1. Marcus: Did you really need to shoot him?
    2. Tris Prior: Every minute we waste, another abnegation dies and another dauntless becomes a murderer!
    – Submitted by Ashley N (3 months ago)
    1. Four: I don't want to be just one thing. I can't be. I want to be brave, and selfless, honest, intelligent, and kind. Well... I'm still working on kind.
    – Submitted by Ashley N (3 months ago)
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