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The Maze Runner Reviews

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Becky Suter
July 11, 2016
As 'yoof' films go... it's an entertaining watch and doesn't take too much investment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. Olson
April 15, 2016
["The Maze Runner"] never delivers on its early potential, quickly falling down a chute of one-note characters and painfully sparse storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
March 2, 2016
The real fun comes in navigating the puzzle, with solving it more the icing on top of a promising, multi-layered franchise cake.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin A. Ranson
October 20, 2015
...neither as good as The Hunger Games nor as dull as the Divergent series, The Maze Runner has the same secret weapon utilized by MTV's Teen Wolf show: Dylan O'Brien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
September 8, 2015
Wes Ball does a good job of establishing his world and making the maze an imposing place to spend time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 13, 2015
A charismatic lead helps tamp down the more generic elements of the story of a young man forced to scour a seemingly-endless maze to find a way out for everyone trapped against their will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
March 11, 2015
You get less than a full explanation at the end about what it all was about. Never mind, we already know that a sequel is on the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 10, 2014
A well-executed thriller and is certainly the best YA adaptation since the last 'Hunger Games' film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Todd Jorgenson
October 31, 2014
... may ultimately be a better film when examined in the context of its potential successors, but taken on its own, it's a puzzling tease.
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2014
It's briskly-paced, well acted and action packed. And as this is mostly a boys-only affair, we don't get bogged down by a tiresome romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 26, 2014
Shows an impressive turn of speed in places but runs out of puff before the finishing line.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 20, 2014
One of the best of the current spate of Young Adult novel-inspired dystopian teen dramas...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 17, 2014
The Maze Runner generally has ambitious production values, is well edited and boasts a thumping score. Think of it as Lord Of the Flies meets Alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liam Maguren
October 16, 2014
It does provide flawed-but-fun entertainment for a young male audience, a la some kind of Dude-vergent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
October 11, 2014
Generally redeemed by feature first-timer Wes Ball's forthright action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 11, 2014
Whither post-apocalyptic young adult sci-fi? With two movies to go, Hunger Games already feels overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2014
A sub-par YA adaptation that gets too bogged down in its own mechanics to adequately establish compelling characters or drama.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
October 10, 2014
Trying desperately to focus on the themes of free will, responsibility and death (several major characters have a gruesome fate), all I could think about was cheap vodka.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Express (UK)
October 10, 2014
The dynamics of the group and the mystery of what is really going on are enough to sustain the momentum of The Maze Runner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
October 10, 2014
The latest in a long line of teen fantasies, The Maze Runner is a cagey dystopian thriller that tries to make a virtue of its limitations but becomes samey and tedious after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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