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Ender's Game Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
A leaden, confusing affair that's all the more frustrating because there's a kernel of a good, possibly even great, movie here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage
June 22, 2016
Far too benign and, in this blockbuster season, far too tired to leave any bad taste in the mouth, Ender's Game is better the less one thinks about it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 20, 2016
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
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.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 10, 2016
Butterfield is excellent in the title role, several cuts above his fellow young cast members.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: C
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
February 21, 2014
The battle scenes are spectacular but lifeless and hard to engage with. We're watching a cascade of computer-game imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 18, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 18, 2014
I thought this was a pretty witless affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Daily Record (UK)
February 7, 2014
An engaging and exciting sci-fi flick to bring out the 12-year-old in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters
January 30, 2014
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Newcomers will likely be left wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
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.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 24, 2013
A commendable sc-fi drama, this serious film offers up some great themes and some grand visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
December 20, 2013
Visualmente desinteressante, moralmente confuso, povoado por personagens aborrecidos e entediante na maior parte do tempo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 17, 2013
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.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
December 10, 2013
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?
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
December 10, 2013
A lot of Ender's Game plays like Starship Troopers: The Early Years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 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 | Original Score: 1/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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