Ender's Game Reviews

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September 6, 2017
Starship Troopers, Alien, Tron and Star Trek also make up the movie's DNA but the story - a provocative study about the morality of warfare and conflicts of leadership - injects something powerful and new into the familiar 'chosen one' plot trajectory.
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.
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 19, 2013
Perfectly satisfactory.
November 19, 2013
A carefully constructed, serious-minded commercial entertainment that treats its young audience with an unusual degree of intelligence.
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 3, 2013
Even if you don't necessarily agree with the politics of the film or its writer, it exemplifies the best of blockbuster filmmaking.
November 1, 2013
The futuristic setting of the piece is beautifully realized, but it's the emotional quotient that dominates and drives the film.
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
Gavin Hood's film is like a CliffsNotes version of a book that still reads well.
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
It's not Card's Game anymore, but it is about as close as we'll ever get.
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