Divergent (2014)

DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.

Bruce Diones
New Yorker

Barely diverting.

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Wesley Morris

The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

[Divergent] does a lot right, with slick visuals, an interesting premise and top cast delivering moments when this fantasy thriller is just that, thrilling, although it's hard to shake the impression this is a second-rate Hunger Games.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

It's all pretty dumb, and it marks a career low for director Neil Burger, who's made some first-class indie dramas from his own scripts.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... Divergent, despite multiple claims otherwise, tries to capture the format of The Hunger Games but completely phones in almost each element.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.

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Lisa Rosman

[Divergent] is faithful enough to the book -- but doesn't work well unto itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
Not bad for YA rehash.
Everett Johnson
When I first saw the trailer for this I rolled my eyes and said "Hunger Games ripoff". Now, it's not a ripoff, but had "Hunger Games"… More
Christopher Heim
Certainly better than I expected. While the plot can be a bit formulaic and stretched out, this YA novel adaptation slightly rises above with it's… More
Film Crazy
Teen fantasy that had potential to be better but an average movie that wonders whom we are to be! Winslet talents were wasted but made this teen drama a tad… More
JY Skacto
Neil Burger's Divergent diverges from greatness. Running for a 130 minutes, the story never finds a consistent pace; taking much too long to develop and… More
Josh Lewis
You can tell just how desperately this film is trying to be the next big Young Adult book to movie adaptation. It has some solid action sequences and its themes… More