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Divergent Reviews

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September 8, 2017
[Divergent] does a lot right, with slick visuals, an interesting premise and top cast delivering moments when this fantasy thriller is just that, thrilling, although it's hard to shake the impression this is a second-rate Hunger Games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2017
... Divergent, despite multiple claims otherwise, tries to capture the format of The Hunger Games but completely phones in almost each element.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 4, 2017
[Divergent] is faithful enough to the book -- but doesn't work well unto itself.
June 6, 2017
The journey is not powerful enough. It loses track and seems purposeless soon enough.
October 25, 2016
This is a movie a girl could see with her mom and a big ol' pretzel on a rainy day.
July 11, 2016
Trust me when I say that, for some reason, stick with the saga in the event that the sequels will all materialise, because the ultimate pay off when you discover what it's all for will be definitely worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2016
The pic's charismatic cast turns the skeletal narrative into something functional, making for a surprisingly pleasant ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 7, 2016
It may be totally predictable and just a tad overlong and overdone, but Divergent is a far better foray into YA territory than Vampire Academy, or even The Host.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2016
Rather than concentrate on environment and character development, it spends two-thirds of its runtime forgetting it needs an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 14, 2015
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 | Original Score: 2/5
March 29, 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 | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
September 8, 2014
Divergent takes its time in setting up the story and -- frankly -- future installments in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
August 4, 2014
Divergent is a banal experience that suffers from a stretched-out plot and uninteresting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 1, 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 | Original Score: 5.0/10
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.
July 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 2, 2014
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.
June 19, 2014
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 28, 2014
Dramatically, Divergent wanders, but over rich philosophical soil.
April 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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