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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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

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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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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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

The magic gets lost in translation.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Brenton Thwaites' maverick teenager rebels but this bland sci-fi adventure conforms to type.

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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

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

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

It gives a little and doesn't take a lot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
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Kase Vollebregt
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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