Ender's Game Reviews
July 23, 2020
[It] tries so hard to be something important but never gets there. Rather, it buries itself under its own themes and ends up becoming insufferable.
August 27, 2019
Nothing much comes of any of this really, save for Card getting another chance to cling to relevance and advance his agenda of hate. So, maybe this was a bad idea.
March 21, 2019
Ender's Game is a visually stunning adaptation that falls short to relate the charisma and excitement of the Orson Scott Card classic science fiction novel. [Full review in Spanish]
March 5, 2019
It struggles to stand out from the blockbuster field, too reverential to the genre at hand and seemingly unwilling to take any real risks.
January 14, 2019
For those eager to see those Battle School fights, Ender's time there might be the strongest point of the film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 21, 2014
The battle scenes are spectacular but lifeless and hard to engage with. We're watching a cascade of computer-game imagery.
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.
February 18, 2014
I thought this was a pretty witless affair.
January 22, 2014
Newcomers will likely be left wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place.
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.
December 20, 2013
Visualmente desinteressante, moralmente confuso, povoado por personagens aborrecidos e entediante na maior parte do tempo.
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.
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?
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?"
November 24, 2013
The conclusion does pack a shock-and-awe punch that elevates and validates all that builds up before it--almost.