The Maze Runner
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When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. (c) Fox

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Teenagers are getting it in the neck again, in the latest dystopian Young Adult literary sensation to get the Hollywood treatment."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Is the true enemy this all-testosterone Lord of the Flies clan? Nah, faulting your fellow kids is so 1950s. For the millennials, adults gotta be to blame"
‑ Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly
"One of the best of the current spate of Young Adult novel-inspired dystopian teen dramas..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Generally redeemed by feature first-timer Wes Ball's forthright action sequences."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Trying desperately to focus on the themes of free will, responsibility and death (several major characters have a gruesome fate), all I could think about was cheap vodka."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"It's all familiar territory, but it's realized with flair."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Having not read the book, I was hoping for a more satisfying payoff than the one I got. Then again, maybe the filmmakers are saving the answers for the sequel."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"The Maze Runner generally has ambitious production values, is well edited and boasts a thumping score. Think of it as Lord Of the Flies meets Alien."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Whither post-apocalyptic young adult sci-fi? With two movies to go, Hunger Games already feels overly familiar."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"The dynamics of the group and the mystery of what is really going on are enough to sustain the momentum of The Maze Runner."
‑ , Daily Express
"I think I have a touch of apocalepsy -- excessive sleepiness caused by prolonged exposure to three- and four-part series in which adolescents rebel against oppressive governments represented by esteemed actors."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The premise seems both smart and intriguing, but the film directed by Wes Ball bears many of the cruder markings of YA fiction."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"It does provide flawed-but-fun entertainment for a young male audience, a la some kind of Dude-vergent."
‑ Liam Maguren,
"A sub-par YA adaptation that gets too bogged down in its own mechanics to adequately establish compelling characters or drama."
‑ Joe Cunningham, Film4
"The latest in a long line of teen fantasies, The Maze Runner is a cagey dystopian thriller that tries to make a virtue of its limitations but becomes samey and tedious after a while."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
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