The Giver
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The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This might be an anti-pharmaceutical, anti-cult, anti-plot, anti-suspense allegory. It could also just be Thanksgiving at your robot-zombie in-laws."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A gentler, more thought-provoking look than most YA-based dystopian films."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Tear it down and start all over again."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Jeff Bridges is so amusingly philosophic in the spectacular role of mentor and sage - the overly experienced veteran who has so much to share with his younger cast mates but needs to pick and choose his moments."
‑ Sean O'Connell,
"For much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"The magic gets lost in translation."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Pain makes life colorful in dystopian adaptation."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"It panders shamelessly to young viewers and current trends with a story that is guaranteed to cause discomfort in no one except fans of narrative logic."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"Provides some food for thought."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles."
‑ Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly
"In the ranks of dystopian YA-targeted motion pictures, this one can stand alongside its peers."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A solid thriller brimming with interesting ideas -- and only feels derivative because other titles have gotten to the screen first."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Even though "The Giver" doesn't feel as original as it's source material deserves, it's still a credible film that should rise above most of it's competition."
‑ Mark Ellis, Schmoes Know
"There's nothing here you haven't seen before, or themes that have not been better explored. But that's just the cusp of its unrelenting dullness."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
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