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The Maze Runner Reviews

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September 6, 2017
The Maze Runner is a well told story in its own right, but many of the parts will be familiar. That said, this cross between the Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games leaves you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2017
The Maze Runner isn't the birth or death of YA but rather, its extension. You travel through so many twists and tunnels only to end up exactly where you began.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 17, 2017
What will lift this series, from the mire of other Young Adult adaptations, will be less of a focus on style in favor of the substance underneath that surpasses matching jumpsuits and fancy team nicknames.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 2, 2017
The Maze Runner is better and more tightly constructed than a simple cash-in. It's a well-paced adventure-thriller with an intoxicating sense of mystery and the chutzpah to take huge leaps with its fictional world.
May 16, 2017
The adaptation of the book was an evident continuation for its success and in the film, we see, once again, a quick production: pretty by the promotional envelope and completely failed in the attempt of content. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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+
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.
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
October 26, 2014
Shows an impressive turn of speed in places but runs out of puff before the finishing line.
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
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
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
October 11, 2014
Generally redeemed by feature first-timer Wes Ball's forthright action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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