The Maze Runner (2014)

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Critic Consensus: With strong acting, a solid premise, and a refreshingly dark approach to its dystopian setting, The Maze Runner stands out from the crowded field of YA sci-fi adventures.

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When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. (c) Fox

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Critic Reviews for The Maze Runner

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (34)

Teenagers are getting it in the neck again, in the latest dystopian Young Adult literary sensation to get the Hollywood treatment.

Oct 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It's all familiar territory, but it's realized with flair.

Oct 6, 2014 | Full Review…

I think I have a touch of apocalepsy -- excessive sleepiness caused by prolonged exposure to three- and four-part series in which adolescents rebel against oppressive governments represented by esteemed actors.

Sep 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Is the true enemy this all-testosterone Lord of the Flies clan? Nah, faulting your fellow kids is so 1950s. For the millennials, adults gotta be to blame

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Having not read the book, I was hoping for a more satisfying payoff than the one I got. Then again, maybe the filmmakers are saving the answers for the sequel.

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The premise seems both smart and intriguing, but the film directed by Wes Ball bears many of the cruder markings of YA fiction.

Sep 19, 2014 | Full Review…

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½

All of these youth franchise efforts start to blend together to me. Young antihero. Fight against the oppressive powers that be. As cookie cutter as some of the worst of the westerns used to be. If yer gonna do the genre couldn't ya at least have more'n one pitch? This outing offers nada fresh. Yawn.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

A bunch of running around to what purpose? And why does everything have to be so damned dark!

jay nixon
jay nixon

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½

Totally fine. Is that enough to say about this movie? Yes. Yes it is.

Julie B
Julie B

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½

It's "The Hunger Games" mixed with "Lord of The Files"... except that any message it might have is missing due to the open-ended and unsatisfying conclusion. For those like me who have not read the books, you will feel frustrated by the lack of answers or clear hints about where it's all going. Nevertheless, the film was exciting at times, it's set in an intriguing world I'd like to know more about, and I found Dylan O'Brien's quite likable.

Christian C
Christian C

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