Ender's Game
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In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Enough people attended Ender's Game last weekend to place it at the top of the box office. But could any of them have known how profoundly unspectacular an experience they were in for?"
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"If you dislike child actors, you might derive a perverse satisfaction from seeing dozens of them look so unhappy to be onscreen."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It is its book, put on the screen without any new thought whatsoever. A seventh grader could watch it and write a passable essay about it. I doubt they'd have much fun with it, though."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"I thought this was a pretty witless affair."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Newcomers will likely be left wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One.""
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The battle scenes are spectacular but lifeless and hard to engage with. We're watching a cascade of computer-game imagery."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"An engaging and exciting sci-fi flick to bring out the 12-year-old in all of us."
‑ , Daily Record [UK]
"From its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment start 'til its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment end, this flick's got a severe case of the Messiah Complex. Lots of human-phobia here--it's 100-percent gravitas and humourless inhumanity."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Straightforward, a bit literal-minded, very faithful to the book and largely compelling."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It was a bit like standing in a room where someone is playing a video game on a screen and you're not actually taking part in it but you have to watch interminably this game being played and it's just really a bit boring."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Although it's far from perfect and it's in need of a few tune-ups, Ender's Game does lay the groundwork for what could be a satisfying saga."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"A commendable sc-fi drama, this serious film offers up some great themes and some grand visuals."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
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