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Ender's Game Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C

April 8, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab

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

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2014
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 18, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I thought this was a pretty witless affair.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 18, 2014

Daily Record [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2014
J.C. Mašek III

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 6/10

January 30, 2014
Bryan Bishop
The Verge

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

Full Review Source: The Verge

January 22, 2014
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

December 27, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.0/5

December 24, 2013
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2013
Cynthia Fuchs

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 17, 2013
Wesley Morris
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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?

Full Review Source: Grantland

December 10, 2013
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

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

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 3/5

December 10, 2013

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?"

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 1/5

December 6, 2013
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 5, 2013
Steve Newall

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 5, 2013
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

December 4, 2013
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age

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

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 1, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 30, 2013
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2013
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