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Divergent

7/10
Sci-Fi . Mystery . Adventure . Thriller . Science Fiction . Action
 

DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.

 
Actors: Ansel Elgort , Zoë Kravitz , Maggie Q , Ray Stevenson , Ashley Judd , Jai Courtney , Miles Teller , Kate Winslet , Theo James , Shailene Woodley
Directors: Neil Burger
Country: USA
Release: 2014-03-21
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  • Bill Zwecker

    The strength of Burger’s movie is the fact that a non-reader of Roth’s work can enjoy Divergent and not be confused by any aspect of the storyline.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • JoLene Krawczak

    While Burger, Daughtery and Taylor skimp on the characters’ interior lives, they do make some surprising improvements on the book.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Woodley, through the delicate power of her acting, does something compelling: She shows you what a prickly, fearful, yet daring personality looks like when it's nestled deep within the kind of modest, bookish girl who shouldn't even like gym class.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Director Neil Burger (“Limitless”) has crafted a popcorn flick that’s leaner, more propulsive and more satisfying than the bestseller that inspired it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Divergent is less action-oriented than "The Hunger Games" but no less compelling.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    What about those who haven’t read the book? Divergent, the movie, still offers a smart, spunky, sympathetic heroine, a hunky love interest and a sobering if rather obvious message about the value of being true to oneself rather than mindlessly conforming.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    A sequel needs to hit the ground running faster than Divergent does. Find more notes for Woodley's elegantly plain face to express.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kevin McFarland

    The ultimate irony is that a series predicated on diverse individuals rising up against totalitarian regiment falls so completely in lock step with all other post-apocalyptic young-adult franchises.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    Because there’s some genuinely great ideas in the film, and some terrific character work, but it’s given such uneven attention, alternately languished upon and glossed over, that the portrait Burger creates feels complete without, well, making us feel a whole lot else.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Over-plotty, convoluted, full of unanswered questions and unquestioned assumptions — is a big part of the problem here, but director Neil Burger (“Limitless”) pulls off a neat trick here, in that Divergent is a pretty diverting piece of moviemaking pulled from a not-especially-good story.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Woodley, though, by virtue of the sheer likability of her presence, keeps you hanging on, keeps you rooting for her.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Despite two strong lead performances and a welcome dose of female empowerment, this somber tale feels too familiar and formulaic.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Mottram

    Loyal to the novel, but welcoming enough for newbies, Divergent does a decent if not jawdropping job of bringing its dystopian world to life.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Smart, tough and a little bit cool, this is an intriguing opening rather than a slam-dunk in its own right, but the cast - and especially Woodley - make it sufficiently diverting to merit a place in the action franchise ranks.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

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

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    It's an acceptable, play-it-safe version of the first volume in the hugely popular Veronica Roth-written trilogy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    At almost 21/2 hours, Divergent is repetitiously brutal and drab, with sets that resemble warehouses and industrial junkyards; the action rarely emerges into the daylight before the climactic gun battle.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Woodley makes Tris easy to root for — only she and Winslet seem to be having any fun — but it's hard to become invested in the convoluted, rambling story. And at two hours and 19 minutes, it rambles for a while.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Divergent is almost good enough to make you forget what a cynical exercise it is on every possible level. The original 2011 young adult novel by Veronica Roth — reasonably engrossing, thoroughly disposable — reads exactly like what it is: an ambitious young author’s attempt to re-write “The Hunger Games” without bringing the lawyers down on her head.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    This society makes no sense except as a metaphor. The social layout of Divergent was supposedly devised so as to maintain peace, but putting people into airtight factions guarantees conflict.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    At 140 minutes, Divergent is too bloated to be consistently exciting, but it’s relatively agile between its many exposition-dumps, at times resembling an actual action movie more than a pro-forma adaptation.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The bestselling first book in yet another dystopic Young Adult series, Veronica Roth’s Divergent is engrossing enough to devour overnight, and flimsy enough to forget by morning light. Neil Burger’s film adaptation faithfully reproduces the same effect.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The generic bulk of Divergent hits its marks and moves on.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Divergent is a clumsy, humorless and shamelessly derivative sci-fi thriller set in a generically dystopian future.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Divergent, the latest outcast-teen-battles-The-System thriller, is similar enough to “The Hunger Games” that hardcore Katniss fans may dismiss it. But it’s a more streamlined film, with a love story with genuine heat and deaths with genuine pathos.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    The film transcends the déjà vu of its borrowed trappings but ironically sacrifices all momentum in favor of a long series of physical tests.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Director Neil Burger, whose last divergent character was the smart-drugged protagonist of Limitless, allocates more than enough of this overlong movie to details of life and society in future-Chicagoland. But he fails to make any aspect of the premise persuasive.

    NPR Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The more you scrutinise the society Roth and these screenwriters have created, the more it seems a chintzily self-designed dystopia whose rules and entire infrastructure are pure cardboard.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Tom Shone

    How Orwellian is college? Very, if Divergent is to be believed.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    One would be better off experiencing Woodley via her heartbreaking turn in last year's "The Spectacular Now," a drama that actually has more to say about nightmarish cliques and individuality than any lackadaisical slide into future schlock.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike Ryan

    For a film that supposedly celebrates freethinking, there’s a woeful lack of it here.

    Time Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Too bad this would-be heir, Divergent, is so unimaginative and bland.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Ms. Roth’s prose style is good enough and Tris appealing enough that, at least in the book, it’s easy to breeze past the plot holes. It’s harder to ignore those flaws in the movie, partly because the director, Neil Burger (“Limitless”), gives you little to hang onto — beauty, thrills, a visual style.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    It'd be easier to root for lead Tris's (Shailene Woodley, the go-to girl for drab roles with grit) quest to escape her Abnegation roots and those ghastly gray skirts to prove herself a worthy Dauntless if director Burger felt committed to the concept.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Director Neil Burger struggles to fuse philosophy, awkward romance and brutal action. Even with star Shailene Woodley delivering the requisite toughness and magnetism, the clunky result is almost unrelentingly grim.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    By trying to cram in as many explanatory info dumps as possible, Burger neglects to tend to the elements of the film that could easily make up for any narrative deficiencies: namely, a sense of place and a feeling of urgency.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Except for Kate Winslet's fearsome turn as a villain, the only terror Divergent roused in me was that the drag-ass thing would never end. Sorry, I'm a Candor.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    For those looking for non-stop action, pretty dazzling special effects and solid acting by the young protagonists, Insurgent will not disappoint.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    Taken for what it is, Insurgent is a vast improvement over the franchise’s first installment, mostly thanks to expansion in two arenas: budget and scope.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A more effective, adult-friendly film than its predecessor.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    The second installment of the Divergent series shows some symptoms of middle chapter-itis but in the end makes the most of a strong returning cast led by Shailene Woodley, slick direction from Robert Schwentke, impressive effects and a closely guarded plot twist.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Schwentke keeps things lively and loud, with a mildly alarming body count, smashing glass and gunfire.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Watts' Evelyn is a tricky character - it should be entertaining having her around in the cloven-in-two-to-cash-in-at-the-box-office final installments.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There is, however, a certain urgency to the action that will prevent most people from noticing the film’s flaws.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    It’s a sequel that sticks to more routine territory of action, angst, and dystopian gloom — mostly a sound approach, thanks to the consistent strength of franchise lead Shailene Woodley and a mix of intended and inadvertent surprises.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Directed by action specialist Robert Schwentke (“Red,” “Flightplan”), Insurgent surges along with capable set pieces but less meaningful human interaction than in “Divergent.”

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The actors are more or less saving this franchise's bacon. Insurgent is a tick or two livelier than the first one.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Mottram

    A competent rather than classic follow-up. If the action feels generic at times, the addition of Watts, more Winslet and the strength of Woodley are worth watching.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    At least [Teller's] presence, along with Woodley's, makes Insurgent good, if not great. And it's not too late to keep improving.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Once you swallow the giant pill that is the premise, it just about makes sense, and Woodley sells it with all her conviction.

    Empire Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    There’s no question that the feature is a leaner, meaner affair than its predecessor. That’s not enough, though, to counterbalance the often oppressive self-seriousness (though Miles Teller gives it a welcome shot) or to plaster over the holes in the premise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • William Goss

    Insurgent exists primarily to either validate or defy the imagined depiction of events in the heads of countless teen fans.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Visually uninteresting, dramatically inert, and remarkably silly no matter how seriously it tries to play things straight, Insurgent is franchise management and little more.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    In the battle between dystopian science-fiction movies about butt-kicking young heroines, the new Divergent movie, Insurgent, is actually slightly more believably glum than the third Hunger Games movie, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1."

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Insurgent would be a much worse movie if the good parts were all at the beginning. But they are saved for the end, and they leave the viewer with a feeling of, “Well, that was OK,” even though most of it wasn’t.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Insurgent is more clumsy than bad, but it disappoints because it wastes the world-building of Divergent, which set the stage for something more momentous than what the sequel delivers.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Surprise is lacking. Ditto humor, though Miles Teller (Whiplash), as a thorn in Four's side, gets in a few fun licks by not staying on the film's draggy tempo. Otherwise, Insurgent stubbornly fails to surge.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Unfortunately, Insurgent can’t quite live up to its intriguing set up. Even if you’re curious about it, the movie is often plodding and frequently nonsensical, with action that never feels novel or exciting.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Steeliness comes naturally to, say, Jennifer Lawrence, but when Woodley unleashes the occasional voice-cracking battle cry, it generates tension between her desire for revolution and her utter believability as a teenager with more earnest ideals than ruthless training.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    A Little Golden Book version of drastically simplified socialism accompanied with a healthy dose of warmongering bravado.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kimber Myers

    The sequel to “Divergent” is the cinematic equivalent of the KFC Famous Bowl: a nutritionally devoid mishmash of elements and past films that somehow manages to be less than the sum of its parts once cobbled together.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The fights are well-staged, the chases dull. But as Insurgent wraps up, it picks up speed and depth, and gives you hope that maybe this series won’t wrap up as the copy-and-paste “Hunger Games” it has felt like, from the moment the books were word-processed onto the best seller lists.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series’ great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot: a glorified rehash of what came before, garnished with the promise of what lies in store.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Insurgent is not a very good movie, but it’s better than it needs to be.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    It’s wandering, not urgent, while indicating that all-Shailene-all-the-time can be too much of a pretty good thing.

    Time Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Tighter, tougher and every bit as witless as its predecessor, The Divergent Series: Insurgent — the second segment in the cycle — arrives with a yawn and ends with a bang.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    What a waste of Shailene Woodley the Divergent franchise is turning out to be.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It plays like a listless mash-up of every Young Adult franchise movie you’ve ever seen – domineering rulers, anguished, system-smashing teens, and all the purposeful striding through rubble you can handle.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Take everything annoying about a cobbled-together, overly familiar YA adaptation, add the built-in wheel-spinning of a sequel, and you’ve got Insurgent, a film that works best when it places its heroine inside virtual-reality situations — at least then it has an excuse for eschewing logic and context.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    This second installment, based on Veronica Roth's series of YA novels, feels cobbled together and less focused than 2014's Divergent, and lacks tension and excitement.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    If you think you've seen this movie, you have. Once it had a male protagonist and was called "Harry Potter." Then it starred Jennifer Lawrence and was called "The Hunger Games." Now it stars Shailene Woodley and goes by "The Divergent Series." Same thing, only worse.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    You know you’re in for a long haul when Kate Winslet’s clipboard-wielding Jeanine, leader of the Erudite faction, comes off less like a Hillary Clinton than a weary Applebee’s supervisor at the end of a 14-hour shift in this plodding sequel to “Divergent.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    It doesn’t make any sense, but Insurgent demands its audience play along anyway. The problem is, the film doesn’t do enough to earn viewers’ trust, or reward it once it’s given.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Every scene is entwined in clunkiness.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Insurgent opens new horizons of repetitiveness, dramatic shapelessness, self-seriousness and a generalized oppressiveness that flows from all of the above as well as from visual clutter, cheerless color, 3-D dimness and plain old bad acting.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Insurgent is so vapid it seems impossible that there's enough story left for another sequel.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    There is such a thing as an infinitely bad movie, and this is it.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
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