Ender's Game Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 1, 2013
A promising if risky start to what is intended to be a blockbuster franchise ...
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.
November 1, 2013
More considered than your standard lunk-headed blockbuster and certainly visually engrossing, this game is played well.
November 1, 2013
Butterfield brings lots of adolescent earnestness to his role, and Hailee Steinfeld is an affable sidekick.
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.
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.
October 31, 2013
"Ender's Game" turns out to be our game as well.
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