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Divergent Reviews

March 31, 2014
Barely diverting.
March 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2014
The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 21, 2014
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
Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 21, 2014
If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.
March 21, 2014
The performances -- namely from stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James and Kate Winslet in a juicy supporting role -- always make the movie watchable and often quite engaging.
March 21, 2014
Woodley is an obviously talented actress, a standout in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now but she's let down by the story surrounding her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2014
Fans of the book will likely be pleased. More importantly, people who don't know a thing about the books may get swept up, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 21, 2014
With a couple of elaborate action set pieces and some trippy, dreamlike sequences when Tris' thoughts are on display, Divergent is sure-footed, suspenseful, and sequel-ready.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2014
The dark, oppressive movie around Woodley drags her down like an overcoat with stones in the pockets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2014
Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent is a solidly engaging outing. Only one wishes for more.
March 20, 2014
Although not quite as well-focused as The Hunger Games, Divergent employs many of the same elements: a futuristic post-war setting, a strong heroine, a romance, and a struggle against the oppression inherent in the status quo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2014
Though its main appeal will be to those who read the book and are young adults either in fact or in spirit, "Divergent" does have something for the rest of us and that's the chance to see the pair of performers who make that romantic music together.
March 20, 2014
Ironically for a film about non-conformity, it adheres to the playbook rather slavishly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2014
Overall I was delighted with Divergent and am eager to see how the remaining two films continue to take us on Tris' adventure, as she and Four attempt to learn what's really going on in their very crazy world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 20, 2014
Burger, whose last divergent character was the smart-drugged protagonist of Limitless, allocates more than enough of this overlong movie to details of life and society in future-Chicagoland. But he fails to make any aspect of the premise persuasive.
March 20, 2014
"Divergent" is almost good enough to make you forget what a cynical exercise it is on every possible level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2014
The real problem with "Divergent"? In the end, it doesn't dare diverge enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2014
Hey, we gotta kill time between Hunger Games installments somehow. Why not Divergent?
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 20, 2014
It's rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it's based. It's even more unusual when it's better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2014
Is the premise of "Divergent" both overly familiar and borderline ridiculous? Sure, maybe. But channel the 13-year-old girl in you and enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2014
A movie like this doesn't require a lot of tonal variety to succeed, but imagination is crucial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2014
I beg of you, teenage girls who may yet make Divergent a box office hit. We can't avoid the future - dystopian or not - but we can at least prevent regrettable fad tattoos.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 20, 2014
In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, "Divergent" is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.
March 20, 2014
Unimaginative and bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 20, 2014
For a film about a defiant young heroine discovering she's a renegade nonconformist at heart, "Divergent" sure colors within the lines of the young-adult dystopian literature's playbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2014
It takes about 10 minutes to figure out that "Divergent" will not present a serious or intelligent vision of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2014
...The faithful but dramatically flat film version of Divergent, from Veronica Roth's 2011 bestseller, couldn't stir palpitations in shut-ins. It's that bland and lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 20, 2014
Somewhat silly and teen to the extreme, but Woodley and James are surprisingly strong. It's up to them to keep this hopeful franchise alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2014
It's impossible to ignore the overwhelming sense that we've seen all this before, only with better execution ...
March 20, 2014
It's hard not to root for Ms. Woodley, who has been coming on strong in recent indie titles like "The Descendants" and "The Spectacular Now," but she seems palpably uncomfortable here.
March 20, 2014
The significance of certain deaths hangs entirely on Woodley's performance. She's mostly up to the task ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 20, 2014
"Divergent" is a big, clunky slog of a movie, desperate to cash in as a successor to "The Hunger Games" as a franchise but never really proving up to the task.
March 20, 2014
Without [Woodley], "Divergent" would be a grim slog indeed.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2014
The movie version of Divergent is no divergent. It goes along to get along. It's tame, formulaic and strictly by the book in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2014
By the end, you may want to hop onto one of those trains yourself and hope it arrives somewhere a lot less grim. But two sequels await. So there's always hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2014
Two sequels derived from Veronica Roth's novels have already been announced. Hopefully, they'll have more personality than this clunker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2014
Woodley, at every turn, lets us feel as if we're in her shoes, not so much Dauntless as thrillingly daunted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 16, 2014
Even though it stretches to nearly two-and-a-half hours and concludes with an extended gun battle, by the time "Divergent" ends, it still seems to be in the process of clearing its throat.
March 16, 2014
Even with star Shailene Woodley delivering the requisite toughness and magnetism, the clunky result is almost unrelentingly grim.
March 16, 2014
Jolts around in fits and starts, never sufficiently explains its premise and, yes, rips off far too many notions from better books and movies to stride successfully down its own path.