BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Divergent Reviews
By Dr. Know on March 21st, 2014
Critic Reviews for Divergent
The results can be thrilling but the film as a whole feels simultaneously overlong and emotionally truncated.
Woodley is an obviously talented actress, a standout in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now but she’s let down by the story surrounding her.
Fans of the book will likely be pleased. More importantly, people who don’t know a thing about the books may get swept up, as well.
With a couple of elaborate action set pieces and some trippy, dreamlike sequences when Tris’ thoughts are on display, Divergent is sure-footed, suspenseful, and sequel-ready.
The dark, oppressive movie around Woodley drags her down like an overcoat with stones in the pockets.
Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent is a solidly engaging outing. Only one wishes for more.
Like a Great Illustrated Classics adaptation of a lesser comic book, Divergent delivers a dystopian plot with mechanical precision but lacks the nuance and art that usually marks outstanding source material.
It’s like a super-violent version of ‘The Breakfast Club’ without that film’s wit or charm.
Based on the Hindu caste system. Is there anyone in this movie besides Theo James? He’s so sexy he makes Vampires and Tributes look like sissy-girls.
Woodley could be on the verge of a career breakthrough of Lawrencian dimensions.
Divergent isn’t ambitious enough to be good and it isn’t outlandish enough to be bad. “Divergent” feels like nothing more than a lite version of The Hunger Games.
The movie, for all of it’s post-apocalyptic themes, is at bottom a love story, and Woodley and James are good together.
[T]he movie’s blind acceptance of this world and its continuation means that the story itself is essentially a non-starter.
Though always an entertaining watch, Divergent is nevertheless a somewhat rickety start to a franchise.
Attractively mounted and boasting some nice performances, but also peddling a thunderously stupid conceit whose dodgy details ask viewers to ignore all they know of basic human psychology.
From the major Ferris Wheel scene to the zip line strung from high rise rooftops, Divergent the movie is a close match to the book.
The film works because it engages in some creative world-building… That said, its roots in other YA successes are painfully obvious.
Comes off like yet another less than successful adaptation of a “young adult” piece of literary fiction. (Full Content Review for Parents Also Available)
It is fun to see Tris come into her own. She knows you do not have to be harsh to be strong, or weak to be kind.