The Giver
The Giver (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 25, 2014
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57%



Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Phillip Noyce directs The Giver with visual grace, but the movie doesn't dig deep enough into the classic source material's thought-provoking ideas.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A seriously flawed adaptation of a wonderful book that tries to focus too heavily on elements best left to more recent post-apocalyptic adventures instead of the bittersweet agony of Lois Lowry's original story.

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

For much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

The magic gets lost in translation.

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Rebecca Cusey
The Federalist

Wrapped in an exciting movie with beautiful special effects, 'The Giver' makes the case for the beauty of grown-up freedom.

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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

In the ranks of dystopian YA-targeted motion pictures, this one can stand alongside its peers.

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Patrick Cooper
Orlando Weekly

Due to its relentless action-film momentum, much of the book's central themes of humanity and love conquering all are entirely lost.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
**. So here is another movie that sat on my Vudu for a while that I just kept pushing back. But, with some free time I was like "Hey! I should watch… More
Kase Vollebregt
'The Giver' is thought-provoking and carries several engaging sequences, most notably whenever Jeff Bridges 'gives' memories to the young… More
Film Crazy
An interesting and unique concept that makes you wonder the benefits of promoting 'Sameness' butnthis movie just stalls halfway and never regains the… More
Aaron Neuwirth
The Giver: Simply stated, although it's not really simple at all, my job is to transmit to you all the memories I have within me. Memories of the past.… More
Thomas Johnston
Tells the story in the book... but in a very different way!
Dann Michalski
Based on the bestselling children's book, The Giver is a provocative, life-affirming sci-fi thriller. Set in a dystopian future where society has… More