The Giver Reviews

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January 14, 2015
It gives a little and doesn't take a lot.
October 31, 2014
... muddled and heavy-handed, and not as powerful as intended, but at least it's intellectually ambitious, both for newcomers to the material and for its legions of fans who will crave for the launching of another franchise.
October 2, 2014
Vaguely enjoyable but rather pedestrian-a quasi-Pleasantville.
September 30, 2014
Not surprisingly, the acting is first-rate, with the moments between Bridges' Giver and Thwaites' Receiver forming the heart of the movie.
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 22, 2014
It's an intelligent, accomplished, unpadded thriller, and one suitable for the children.
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.
September 20, 2014
The Giver is a solid, soft sci-fi entertainment with plenty of talented folks attached.
September 19, 2014
The Giver has its moments, but generally fails to convince the viewer of the credibility of the world it inhabits.
September 19, 2014
Robert B Weide of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame co-wrote the screenplay but, sadly, none of the debunking wit of that series is found in this solemn, sappy fable.
September 19, 2014
Young adults impatient for the next instalment of The Hunger Games will find plenty to enjoy in this thriller based on the Lois Lowry novel.
September 19, 2014
Noyce has an innate and remarkable ability to capture landscape with sensitivity, giving depth to the teenage blockbuster and even allowing adult audiences the chance to evaluate their own individuality.
September 18, 2014
It makes for one of this overcrowded field's stronger entries, refusing to redact entirely the baby-slaying weirdness that permits Lois Lowry's source novel its multiplicity of grown-up readings ...
September 18, 2014
Perhaps too slow for audiences used to the cut and thrust of Katniss Everdeen, this nevertheless quietely makes its mark.
September 18, 2014
A very simplistic Dystopia for Dummies - with a bit of Terrence Malick for Dummies thrown in - and inoffensive enough until it devolves into all kinds of stupid.
September 18, 2014
A bold and astute coming-of-age story with an impressive leading turn by Brenton Thwaites.
September 18, 2014
While Thwaites has visual appeal, he struggles to give us the layered, conflicted hero this film needs. Without it, The Giver is little more than stylish but saccharine entertainment for teens.
September 17, 2014
It takes a while to get going, but as The Giver marches towards its ending, it begins to tie together the weightier themes it's exploring.
September 15, 2014
By adding spurious action and making the characters older than in the novel, the makers of The Giver sell-out the story; a project which prizes individuality shouldn't so slavishly adhere to the Divergent-school of teenage drama.
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