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DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. (C) Summit

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Barely diverting."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Divergent takes its time in setting up the story and -- frankly -- future installments in the series."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"It's not at all as intelligent as it thinks it is, but it's a pretty solid epic all things considered."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A far more interesting plot lurks in the background ... It's this - not the mawkish romance - that leads to a fairly exciting climax and sets the stage for a more intriguing premise in the two additional movies that already are in the works ..."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It's all pretty dumb, and it marks a career low for director Neil Burger, who's made some first-class indie dramas from his own scripts."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Divergent is a banal experience that suffers from a stretched-out plot and uninteresting characters."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Tris is no Katniss Everdeen, and Divergent is a better film for not trying to impersonate a similar trilogy. It won't excite the world to the extent of The Hunger Games but this more humble offering is nevertheless exciting, fun and satisfying."
‑ Jess Lomas, Quickflix
"Dramatically, Divergent wanders, but over rich philosophical soil."
‑ John Anderson, America Magazine
"The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"For this first film at least, much of the fantastical elements feels as much like window dressing as the post-apocalyptic material in After Earth."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"This dystopia flick offers a pseudo-allegory for teenagehood along with a predictable plot, bland setting, and pat romance. So it conforms to today's alt-world teen-film formula."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A relatively faithful adaptation that brings with it the best and the worst parts of the novel and leaves out a few things that might have made it better."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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