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: August 15, 2014
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 35% 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.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Noyce tries to thread the needle by hewing close to his source material while peppering in some grander-scale sci-fi business to keep things moving. It doesn't remotely work.

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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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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The bottom line is that if you focus on its message, The Giver has some very important things to say. You just might find yourself a little frustrated with the information you get (or rather, don't get) along the way.

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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.

Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

Despite the impressive cast (Taylor Swift has a cameo), performances are uneven.

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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.

Richard Roeper

The magic gets lost in translation.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

The performances by all the characters are adequate, but the story had a friend and me riveted to the screen. But then, we like movies that are actually about something.

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Tells the story in the book... but in a very different way!
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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