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Insurgent (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Shailene Woodley gives it her all, but Insurgent is still a resounding step back for a franchise struggling to distinguish itself from the dystopian YA crowd.

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. (C) Lionsgate

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Shailene Woodley
as Tris Prior
Daniel Dae Kim
as Jack Kang
Octavia Spencer
as Johanna Reyes
Kate Winslet
as Jeanine Matthews
Zoë Kravitz
as Christina
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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (45)

In all, Insurgent may work as a deafening, frivolous diversion for viewers who can ignore the flimsiness of its universe, plot, and characters.

Full Review… | January 21, 2016
The Atlantic
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Insurgent's convenient scanners affirm its heroine to be 100% Divergent, the most out of everyone, and that's good enough for the story. But it doesn't have to be good enough for the audience.

Full Review… | November 10, 2015
BuzzFeed News
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I appreciate the attempt to try to make this world -- an obliterated, totalitarian Chicago -- as watchable as possible. But there's too much to keep straight.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
Grantland
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There's little substance and little depth, but Woodley, with her preternatural poise, offers a worthy simulation of drama.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
New Yorker
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Insurgent is far too long for the minimal plot it encapsulates, features little in the way of meaningful character development, and is riddled with instances of poorly conceived, contrived developments.

Full Review… | March 22, 2015
ReelViews
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It's all a bit of an unengaging muddle, covered over with concrete grunge, clean white labs, and stagy special effects.

Full Review… | March 20, 2015
San Diego Reader
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First one was good, but this is utterly forgettable.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

½

Even though this is an unpopular opinion, I was a fan of the first film "Divergent," and so I was mildly looking forward to this film in hopes for it to be at least as enjoyable as the first. Sadly, that is not the case. Somewhat picking up from where the previous film left off, we are on the run with the few Divergent's that have formed together to run away, as they are pursued by Erudite Elite. It seems simplistic, because it is very simplistic. The first two acts of the film are pretty much just exposition to set up the final act, which was less interesting than the exposition that pre-ceeded it. That is probably my biggest issue with the film, due to the fact that the final act is there just to set up the next film. The "Divergent" series better have some grand conclusion, or all of this filler will feel like it was for nothing. Shailene Woodley gives it her all once again, giving a great performance in any role she does, but that is not enough to make this a good film. Aside from a few cool action scenes and some nice character moments, this is a pretty flat picture. I admire the world building here, so I am not going to totally rip this apart. There is some enjoyment to be had, it's just not that good.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

Can we please send this Insurgent to Guantanamo? Woodley is dreadful. The film is overlong and almost boring. Winslet and Elgort were the only things I liked about this film.

Christian C
Christian C

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