The Giver Reviews

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January 8, 2020
For a film that claims to champion colorful nonconformity, The Giver is depressingly drab.
August 30, 2019
The powerful allegory that initially made Lowry's text such a lasting achievement seems cheapened by the glossy, over baked screen version that seems more medicated than the anesthetized minds of its characters.
August 6, 2019
This could have been an actual "young adult" film, letting preteens know that the conflicting waves of emotion they're about to receive are worth it. Instead, it's a movie where a holographic cameo by Taylor Swift isn't the worst part.
April 30, 2019
Read the book instead.
March 2, 2019
Yet in its execution, the whole lacks the courage of its convictions with no sign of the drama necessary to make it as thought-provoking it pretends to be.
January 25, 2019
But with 94 minutes of running time, it would have benefited from additional scenes... instead of an extensive introduction narrative and rushing through the third act with action towards a rather abrupt ending.
December 11, 2018
Despite the fact that I'm an adult who has never read the book, I still felt like I was being pandered to. It didn't need to be that way.
November 14, 2017
Despite the impressive cast (Taylor Swift has a cameo), performances are uneven.
August 4, 2017
This movie adaption does not live up to the book.
May 16, 2017
We return to the same problem of screen adaptations and all the expectations that summons, unleashes, exalts but finally disappoints. [Full review in Spanish]
September 22, 2016
Noyce tries to thread the needle by hewing close to his source material while peppering in some grander-scale sci-fi business to keep things moving. It doesn't remotely work.
April 12, 2016
An experience not unlike downloading a once trendy pop song on iTunes, only to discover it's been feebly re-recorded.
June 21, 2015
Another adaptation of a popular young adult novel
April 13, 2015
A seriously flawed adaptation of a wonderful book that tries to focus too heavily on elements best left to more recent post-apocalyptic adventures instead of the bittersweet agony of Lois Lowry's original story.
January 21, 2015
Due to its relentless action-film momentum, much of the book's central themes of humanity and love conquering all are entirely lost.
January 19, 2015
Brenton Thwaites' maverick teenager rebels but this bland sci-fi adventure conforms to type.
October 2, 2014
Vaguely enjoyable but rather pedestrian-a quasi-Pleasantville.
September 28, 2014
Yet another young adult novel gets squashed into a bland, Saturday afternoon time-waster.
September 27, 2014
The fatal irony at the heart of The Giver is too hilariously blatant to ignore: here is a dystopian teen drama about the perils of sameness that feels exactly like all of the other movies in its increasingly crowded genre.
September 21, 2014
It just looks like a low-rent mishmash of Divergentand The Hunger Games, recycling riffs from Logan's Run with sets and costumes lifted from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
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