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Divergent Reviews

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Becky Suter
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
J. Olson
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
Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)
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
Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
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+
Rob Gonsalves
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
Kevin A. Ranson
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
Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
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
Jeff Beck
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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.
Jess Lomas
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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-
John Anderson
America Magazine
April 28, 2014
Dramatically, Divergent wanders, but over rich philosophical soil.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 24, 2014
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 21, 2014
...just another bloated adaptation that's unable to capture the magic of its literary forebear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
April 19, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 17, 2014
No, it's not wildly different than other science fiction, hero's journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even.
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