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Ender's Game (2013)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 118 | Rotten: 78

If it isn't quite as thought-provoking as the book, Ender's Game still manages to offer a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 19

If it isn't quite as thought-provoking as the book, Ender's Game still manages to offer a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills.

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In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to

Feb 11, 2014

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While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One."

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Straightforward, a bit literal-minded, very faithful to the book and largely compelling.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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If you dislike child actors, you might derive a perverse satisfaction from seeing dozens of them look so unhappy to be onscreen.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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I can understand wanting to skip Ender's Game as a matter of moral principle, but you can also feel free to blow it off just because it's not that good.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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It is its book, put on the screen without any new thought whatsoever. A seventh grader could watch it and write a passable essay about it. I doubt they'd have much fun with it, though.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

The battle scenes are spectacular but lifeless and hard to engage with. We're watching a cascade of computer-game imagery.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It was a bit like standing in a room where someone is playing a video game on a screen and you're not actually taking part in it but you have to watch interminably this game being played and it's just really a bit boring.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

I thought this was a pretty witless affair.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

An engaging and exciting sci-fi flick to bring out the 12-year-old in all of us.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

Although it's far from perfect and it's in need of a few tune-ups, Ender's Game does lay the groundwork for what could be a satisfying saga.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Newcomers will likely be left wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

From its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment start 'til its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment end, this flick's got a severe case of the Messiah Complex. Lots of human-phobia here--it's 100-percent gravitas and humourless inhumanity.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A commendable sc-fi drama, this serious film offers up some great themes and some grand visuals.

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Visualmente desinteressante, moralmente confuso, povoado por personagens aborrecidos e entediante na maior parte do tempo.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The film's own dilemma might be best expressed by Ender, who challenges Graff, "What are you going to do? Waste millions on a loser?" It's a dilemma Ender's Game can't resolve.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Enough people attended Ender's Game last weekend to place it at the top of the box office. But could any of them have known how profoundly unspectacular an experience they were in for?

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

A lot of Ender's Game plays like Starship Troopers: The Early Years.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Asa Butterfield stars opposite a grumblebum Harrison Ford in an expensive, elaborately mounted, tedious film with one huge problem - it has no second act. You literally get to the end of the film and think: "Hang on. That's it?"

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Full of mixed messages and strange symbolism, its weirdness is also its (limited) charm ... Trippy, confusing, strangely slow and contained, it certainly exists in its own bonkers world, and, as such, is, at least, an odd original.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

This efficient adaptation proves extremely watchable, and still packs an emotional punch.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

It's been a strong year for science fiction... And now Ender's Game comes along to make that resurgence look like the real thing.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Ender's Game certainly looks and feels serviceable, but lacks the sting to emerge as a serious contender in a crowded market.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

A biting morality tale with themes of power, manipulation, child soldiers and genocide. Hood's superb screenplay quickly sets up the premise and immediately involves us ... is a powerful, disturbing and thrilling experience. Unforgettable

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The conclusion does pack a shock-and-awe punch that elevates and validates all that builds up before it--almost.

November 24, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Audience Reviews for Ender's Game

Gavin Hood's Ender's Game is science fiction simplicity.The film feels shorter than its 110 minute run time; not that it's edge of the seat exciting, but more due to the hastened pace of the story. The storytelling isn't choppy; however, there is definitely more to be explored when it comes to the plot details. The ending is also anticlimactic, leaving a feeling of unfulfillment.The sci-f concept and the high use of effects deliver a visual delight, thus partially making up for the film's shortcomings.Like the hasty pace, the characters lack depth in detail, although the actor's performances are acceptable. Asa Butterfield has a voice that lacks range, while Abigail Breslin is highly underused. Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley are pleasant surprises.Ender's Game isn't perfect, yet it is more than an average sci-fi picture. If there is time to spare, then feel free to play the game.
March 30, 2014
skactopus
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Ender's Game starts off with promise, but by the end, we're left with an oversimplified, rushed, and underwhelming adaptation of one of the greatest science fiction novles of all time. Gavin Hood takes another step back from his Tsotsi days as a director-for-hire on a project that shouldn't even exist to begin with.
March 29, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

First and foremost, I'm not a big sci-fi fan. I do enjoy some sci-fi movies, but overall, the genre isn't really my favorite. I like alien invasion movies, but movies that deal more with intergalactic drama, more times than not doesn't work for me. So, I know a lot of people that really like "Ender's Game", so I figured I'd give it a shot on the ole Vudu. While it's not a bad movie, it's not a movie that really stands out for me. It's about a Colonel(Harrison Ford) who enlists a brilliant young boy named Ender(Asa Butterfield) to join his fleet. Humans are at war with aliens and he believes Ender can win the war. It starts off pretty slow, but it does pick up and gets better as it goes. The effects are good(expect the aliens, I thought they looked kinda cheap). I've had more than a few people talk about the ending saying things like "it's crazy!" and "I didn't see that coming!" It's a good ending, but to me got more of a "that was cool" than an "OMG" reaction. Do I hope for sequels? Sure, why not? If this continues into a franchise, I'm sure it could grow into something better. But as a standalone movie, it was about average to me. But, to anyone that really likes it, that is awesome, I'm happy for you. Because I can totally see why people would love it. But for someone who isn't in love with the genre, I wasn't like head over heels. One more quick think, Asa Butterfield is an amazing young actor. Between this and "Hugo" that kid has a bright future! Check it out and let me know what you think of it.
March 20, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

I think this was an interesting premise but I felt disappointing and wanting more. I just don't think a film is that commendable if it doesn't feel satisfying.
February 12, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

    1. Ender Wiggin: In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.
    – Submitted by Rex John A (2 months ago)
    1. Sergeant Dap: You think you're the smartest kid in the school.
    2. Ender Wiggin: No sir.
    3. Sergeant Dap: You will never be a commander! I will never salute you!
    4. Ender Wiggin: Yes you will sergeant.
    – Submitted by Higgs B (2 months ago)
    1. Mazer Rackham: He's abandoning his entire fleet.
    2. Colonel Hyrum Graff: He's in command. There's no stopping him now.
    – Submitted by Higgs B (2 months ago)
    1. Petra Arkanian: Ender. What do we do?
    2. Bean: Ender. The enemy's gate is down.
    – Submitted by Higgs B (2 months ago)
    1. Ender Wiggin: What is this? Why are we watching these images?
    2. Colonel Hyrum Graff: Ender. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Thank God for you son.
    3. Ender Wiggin: Why are these images in the program?
    4. Colonel Hyrum Graff: Ender. We won.
    5. Ender Wiggin: What do you mean we won? I beat him. He runs the simulations. He said it was a game.
    6. Mazer Rackham: It was them or us Ender. There was no other way.
    – Submitted by Higgs B (2 months ago)
    1. Ender Wiggin: Game over.
    – Submitted by Higgs B (2 months ago)
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