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Ender's Game (2013)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. -- (C) Summitmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gavin Hood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2014
Box Office: $61.7M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Harrison Ford
as Colonel Hyram Graff
Asa Butterfield
as Ender Wiggin
Hailee Steinfeld
as Petra Arkanian
Abigail Breslin
as Valentine Wiggin
Moises Arias
as Bonzo Madrid
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
as Peter Wiggin
Khylin Rhambo
as Dink Meeker
Ben Kingsley
as Mazer Rackham
Viola Davis
as Major Gwen Anderson
Nonso Anozie
as Sergeant Dap
Tony Mirrcandani
as Admiral Chjamrajnage...
Edrick Browne
as Eros Tech Officer He...
Han Soto
as Lieutenant Soto
Jasmine Kaur
as Professor
Wendy Miklovic
as Female Doctor
Kyle Clements
as Young Mazer Rackham
Andrea Powell
as Theresa Wiggin
Cameron Gaskins
as Slattery (Leopard Ar...
Chris Coakley
as Stilson Buddy #1
Chase Walker
as Stilson Buddy #2
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News & Interviews for Ender's Game

Critic Reviews for Ender's Game

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (40)

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… | December 10, 2013
Top Critic

It takes itself a bit too seriously and would have benefited from twisting the entertainment dial a little higher, but it's refreshing to see a film filled with teens that's intelligent and reflective.

Full Review… | May 20, 2016
New Zealand Herald

Based on a hit novel by Orson Scott Card, this futurist sci-fi film trudges along in perpetual low gear, its efforts at times laboured, despite a no-nonsense turn by Asa Butterfield as the game-theorist boy of the title.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Bangkok Post

Butterfield is excellent in the title role, several cuts above his fellow young cast members.

Full Review… | April 10, 2016

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… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for Ender's Game

This is not a game.

Good Movie! Despite all the odds, Ender's Game winds up as a very good movie that just barely misses on being a great one. Perhaps the films biggest strength is its production design, the technical team did an outstanding job of bringing the environments of the battle school to life, the zero gravity combat scenes being some of the films biggest highlights. It's not all perfect however, there is a little problem with some of the heavy exposition dumps in the film. Plus a couple of the actors (most notably Viola Davis) seem lost and don't know what kind of movie they're supposed to be doing. The biggest problem with Ender's Game is the incredibly fast pace, which isn't an immediate issue, but a lot of story and character development suffers. Overall though, this film was worth the long gestation period. It delivers more than we had a right to expect. Orson Scott Card may be homophobic but the powerful message at the heart of this film says much more than the average Hollywood film is capable of delivering.

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Meaningless with little thought to bigger issues. Really not acted or executed well. I'd prefer watching a rerun of Star Wars. Also, the fact that the story was written by the anti-equality NOM man Card makes the film unworthy of the time of fair-minded audiences.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


A great story with great cast but such a waste since the execution didn't turn out to be a perfect one.. Given a wonderful cast such as Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, and Sir Ben Kingsley and all you can make is a decent movie?? Well there's definitely something wrong here.. For the story itself, I think they could write a better script since the ending quite disappointing for me.. Overall, it's still a nice movie to be watched with family and it's quite entertaining, but too bad it could have been a great one..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

Ender's Game Quotes

Colonel Hyrum Graff: We won. That's all that matters.
Ender Wiggin: No. The way we win matters.
– Submitted by T? Anh C (2 years ago)
Ender Wiggin: Bernard is living proof that chimps still fly in space.
– Submitted by Sarah W (2 years ago)
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 years ago)
Sergeant Dap: You think you're the smartest kid in the school.
Ender Wiggin: No sir.
Sergeant Dap: You will never be a commander! I will never salute you!
Ender Wiggin: Yes you will sergeant.
– Submitted by Higgs B (2 years ago)

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