The Giver Reviews

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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.
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 12, 2014
The allegorical framework starts to look contrived, and things feel far too rushed and glib after an involving start.
September 10, 2014
The problems show up during the climactic action sequences. Logic is jettisoned and once that happens, the basic flaws in the whole scenario become all too obvious.
August 21, 2014
This might be an anti-pharmaceutical, anti-cult, anti-plot, anti-suspense allegory. It could also just be Thanksgiving at your robot-zombie in-laws.
August 18, 2014
For much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.
August 15, 2014
The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles.
August 15, 2014
As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns.
August 15, 2014
The magic gets lost in translation.
August 15, 2014
In the ranks of dystopian YA-targeted motion pictures, this one can stand alongside its peers.
August 15, 2014
The movie never really sheds its chilly Orwellian vibe, and its chief idea -- that only The Giver and Jonas can truly feel -- is contradicted by the supposedly blanked-out citizens who, in fact, appear to have feelings indeed, albeit nasty ones.
August 15, 2014
There's enough that's fundamentally good in the meat of film not to wholly reject what The Giver is giving us.
August 15, 2014
Lois Lowry took chances with her novel. The movie of The Giver takes none. It's safe, sorry and a crashing bore.
August 15, 2014
A movie that plays like a low-rent Logan's Run crossed with a UNICEF commercial.
August 15, 2014
Despite a truly pained performance from Jeff Bridges and a beautifully imagined, three-dimensional futuristic world, "The Giver," in wanting to connect itself to more recent YA franchises, sacrifices subtlety, inference and power.
August 15, 2014
Another week, another movie about a special adolescent who saves society from the forces of darkness.
August 15, 2014
Noyce, working from an adaptation by screenwriters Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, finds a compelling through-line ...
August 15, 2014
"The Giver" offers more than just the standard clamorous post-apocalyptic claptrap that fuels far too many films these days.
August 14, 2014
The enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale.
August 14, 2014
Not even Streep and Bridges can lift The Giver beyond the level of a post-apocalyptic after-school special.
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