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Ender's Game Reviews

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?
November 19, 2013
While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One."
November 18, 2013
Straightforward, a bit literal-minded, very faithful to the book and largely compelling.
November 18, 2013
If you dislike child actors, you might derive a perverse satisfaction from seeing dozens of them look so unhappy to be onscreen.
November 18, 2013
There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2013
Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure.
November 1, 2013
I can understand wanting to skip Ender's Game as a matter of moral principle, but you can also feel free to blow it off just because it's not that good.
November 1, 2013
It's to the film's credit that it tackles big questions without offering any easy or clear-cut answers. If only Hood's acumen for storytelling and characterization were just as lofty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 1, 2013
One of those movies in which you can't always tell what's inept and what's purposefully flat.
November 1, 2013
Ender's Game" works as a contained story and as a table-setting first chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2013
The movie ends up specializing in a kind of dynamic ambivalence. It makes you distrust military triumph and hope for a stable peace.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 1, 2013
By the time the movie finally manages to get interesting, audiences may be too numb and their retinas too fried to win back.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 1, 2013
A promising if risky start to what is intended to be a blockbuster franchise ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2013
The space battles don't have the usual problem of looking like video games; instead, they have the unusual problem of looking like terrifically cluttered screensavers.
November 1, 2013
The movie version of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" is way too kind, and the drama suffers greatly for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2013
More considered than your standard lunk-headed blockbuster and certainly visually engrossing, this game is played well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 1, 2013
Butterfield brings lots of adolescent earnestness to his role, and Hailee Steinfeld is an affable sidekick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2013
We don't really see Ender learning anything, let alone changing. Two major scenes revolve around war games, yet we never really know the rules, or where the players are in relation to each other. It's all weightless.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2013
The movie can't help but feel like a hologram of its fantasy forefathers, a mirage of a drama despite some stunning visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 31, 2013
"Ender's Game" turns out to be our game as well.
October 31, 2013
Ender's Game is recognizable in tone, thematic content, and narrative progression as Card's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2013
A big, dark film that should satisfy the many fans of the Orson Scott Card novel and engage newcomers, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2013
It doesn't take much to buy into the premise, especially once the not-bad CGI revs up and Ender and his pint-sized pals start their tiny engines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2013
A blandly sanitized spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2013
Not only does "Ender's Game" have many scenes in zero gravity, but this zero-sum fiasco has zero drama, zero suspense, zero humor, zero charm and zero appeal.
October 31, 2013
"Ender's Game" is more than a parable about bullying, or a disquisition on the concept of the "just war." It's also a rousing action film, especially in Imax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2013
All the spectacle never works up your emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 31, 2013
Character development, dramatic tension and emotional resonance all get short shrift in the checklist exposition by writer-director Gavin Hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2013
With so much to work with, it is disappointing that Gavin Hood's adaptation is not much more than the world's coolest video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2013
Childhood can be tough in movies, but rarely do screen children suffer for our sins as they do here.
October 31, 2013
Audiences of all ages, avoid it. Brain cells are too valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
October 31, 2013
Surprisingly tense if strangely humorless, "Ender's Game" is certainly the best looking science fiction effort this side of "Gravity," and presents an extraordinarily detailed world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 31, 2013
None of it is convincing in the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 31, 2013
While writer and director Gavin Hood may not be Mr. Style or a science-fiction visionary, he gets the story told, with appealing actors at the center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2013
Butterfield, with piercing gaze and singular intensity, brings novelist Orson Scott Card's signature child hero to full and vivid life in filmmaker Gavin Hood's epic adaptation of Card's sci-fi classic, "Ender's Game."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2013
The film manages a sustained sense of momentum and tone that is rare for a contemporary, big-budget movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 31, 2013
Since it took 28 years to get it to the big screen, the fact that the end result feels rushed and hasty probably qualifies as irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
October 31, 2013
The adaptation is a shallow sci-fi spectacle that almost makes you care.
October 30, 2013
"Ender's Game" truly captures the spirit and intensity of what is one of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2013
Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
October 25, 2013
Ultimately as much a polemic as tentpole entertainment, "Ender's Game" is a rare example of filmmaking with a scalpel at a scale that usually demands a hatchet.
October 22, 2013
Yet another intriguing, complex, strangely unlikeable big-budget experiment destined to thrill the fans and befuddle the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5