Ender's Game Reviews

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November 13, 2013
If I were an 11-year-old kid, I probably would consider this the best movie I'd ever seen.
November 8, 2013
Gavin Hood fosters a wet-blanket tone that suffocates many scenes, rendering them stolid and emotionless.
November 8, 2013
Absent a fuller exploration of the desperation prompting war and the horrors experienced in it, the small moments of life and love don't really stand out.
November 7, 2013
The emotional threads are just floating out there like the cadets floating in the war simulation, never attaching and engaging.
November 7, 2013
This was an admirable attempt, but falls a bit short.
November 6, 2013
For all the meaningful, emotional depth it tries to delve into, it can't shake the uninvolved, detached feeling that plagues the film throughout its entire runtime.
November 5, 2013
Two thirds of the movie is slow and it only picks up at the very end.
November 5, 2013
Lifeless, joyless and charmless. It also consistently mistakes glumness for profundity. In short, it's an expensive and overbearing lox.
November 4, 2013
Harrison Ford looks less likely to chase aliens and more likely to chase those young whippersnappers off his lawn.
November 4, 2013
Regardless of its fascist undertones, Ender's Game works better as validation for all those hours and thumbs spent playing video games.
November 4, 2013
Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure.
November 3, 2013
Reconciling the fact that plenty of great art was created by people you wouldn't piss on if they were on fire is a tricky proposition.
November 3, 2013
The film's strengths are people standing around talking, so can we get back to some people standing around talking? That feels weird to say. But that's what happened.
November 2, 2013
The movie Ender's Game is so-so, and will probably be so-so for just about everyone, whether they've read the book or not.
November 2, 2013
Dreadfully mediocre.
November 2, 2013
Ender's Game is, essentially, ludicrous, as if someone thought the big problem with great, real war films like Paths of Glory or A Bridge Too Far was that they didn't star enough pre-teen kids and pause for a few games of Space Quidditch.
November 2, 2013
Maybe the book is better.
November 2, 2013
Not having read Card's novel, I couldn't say whether it was truly "unfilmable," but what ended up on the screen is indeed "filmable" in that we've seen these narrative threads countless times before in science fiction cinema.
November 2, 2013
About as good a film as you can squeeze out of a morally complex source work given today's studio environment.
November 2, 2013
... doesn't leave many avenues for emotional engagement with the audience, despite its trumped-up life-and-death scenario.
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