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Divergent (2014)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 116

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


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

August 4, 2014 Full Review Source:

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.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

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

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

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:

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

Audience Reviews for Divergent

You can tell just how desperately this film is trying to be the next big Young Adult book to movie adaptation. It has some solid action sequences and its themes are smarter than the average science fiction thriller spewed out from Hollywood, but it does very little to distinguish itself. Every other scene I was just reminded of other superior and more original films that this clearly is imitating. Shailene Woodley does make for a likable protagonist and they filled the supporting cast with solid actors as well. Unfortunately, they shoe-horn in a romance that isn't very believable. This is a thought-provoking story told in an assembly line manner, but it can be entertaining in spurts. I'm intrigued enough that I am willing to watch the sequel. Not exactly the best praise, but better than nothing.
August 13, 2014

Super Reviewer

Slow at times, but still intriguing. Very fine sets, costumes and special effects. Shailene Woodley does a decent job (much better that Stewart in the Twilight series, and she certainly has more depth!) Theo James...well,.. I don't see what all the fuss is about. He's adequate, but he's sure no dynamo. Nevertheless, the story is exciting enough to make this a worthwhile film to see.
August 12, 2014

Super Reviewer

Serviceable rendition of the same menu young teen/young adult us-against-the-system rah-rah (Twilight, The Hunger Games, etc.) so prevalent nowadays. "They wouldn't let her be herself and so: revolt for our freedom!"
Not bad, but not nearly so rousing either. Except for one sequence.
But then I'm old, so I don't understand.
August 9, 2014

Super Reviewer

Is it fair to say that every adaptation of teen novel deserves it's time on the big screen whether it is good or bad? Yes, because movies lie this that get mixed reviews, need to be seen by an audience to get well-received by it's fan base. In this instance, the fan reaction was much higher than the critics reaction, and I totally see why. "Divergent" begins like a clash between "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter," which was a little bit off-putting, until it takes the story it's own unique way and became very engaging. I will say that there is a big thank you to it's cast (namely Shailene Woodley) who do a great job all around. I had a lot of fun watching this movie, and even though not a whole lot happens in this first instalment, it definitely sets up something bigger that I am interested in seeing. I have not read the trilogy of novels, but I enjoyed the way this story was displayed on screen. "Divergent" was a pleasant surprise for me that I would watch again. It may not be as good as "The Hunger Games" or "Harry Potter" franchises, but it's nothing short of being as fun. It is not a great film by any means, but as long as you know that going in, I recommend it!
July 23, 2014
KJ Proulx

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    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 (2 months ago)
    1. Tris Prior: Because you're so approachable
    – Submitted by Roz Nicole S (3 months ago)
    1. Tris Prior: Who is that?
    2. Four: An innocent.
    – Submitted by Kristen V (3 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
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