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The Maze Runner

Action . Mystery . Science Fiction . Thriller . Sci-Fi

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Actors: Dylan O'Brien , Ki Hong Lee , Kaya Scodelario , Aml Ameen , Blake Cooper , Thomas Brodie-Sangster , Will Poulter , Dexter Darden , Chris Sheffield , Joe Adler
Directors: Wes Ball
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2014-09-19
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  • Bill Zwecker

    Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • William Goss

    Even if it doesn’t manage to be quite the "Hunger Games"-level hit its producers would clearly desire, it’s the best of the wannabes we’ve seen so far.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Director Wes Ball makes a solid feature film debut, without any noticeable video game envy to his action sequences.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ethan Gilsdorf

    Using a refreshingly gentle FX touch, Ball has successfully transposed the decaying, vine-covered concrete jungle look of his short onto this gorgeously-designed feature. The neophyte knows how to direct heart-pumping chase scenes and has coaxed surprisingly solid performances from his young ensemble cast, especially O’Brien and Poulter.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Director Wes Ball doesn't have much experience with actors, but for once that's a plus; his background is in animation and art direction, and the design of the maze (brutal slabs of concrete and steel) and the attacks by the spiders ("Predator"-like clicks, then stabbing violence) make the movie gruesomely watchable.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    As incomplete as the narrative is, The Maze Runner delivers on almost every other level.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    First-time feature director Wes Ball's version of The Maze Runner makes the cliches smell daisy-fresh.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    If you’re going to treat your audience like a rat in a maze, it’s best to offer a tastier reward than the promise of more maze to come.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Wes Ball's background is in animation and effects, and he certainly has an eye for composition. Thankfully, he doesn't just lean on visual flash in his debut feature, the adaptation of the first of James Dashner's four books, and his skills allow him to build a convincing world around his appealing cast without losing them in it completely.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    For a genre that so often sacrifices character development and smaller narrative developments, the majority of The Maze Runner feels quite refreshing and worth the navigation. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The Maze Runner only answers some of the questions it so marvelously sets up. And while I probably now know too much about the story for it to work a similar magic next time, I find myself genuinely anticipating the next one.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The first two-thirds of The Maze Runner are a clever feat of fantasy world building. It's thrilling, twisty, and as mysterious as the mammoth Skinner Box environment the film takes place in. But the promising set-up raises so many puzzle-piece questions that when it's all finally explained in the final reel, you can't help feeling a bit gypped.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It's bleak business, and as it hurries toward its explosive, expository conclusion, the film becomes nonsensical, too.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    What’s intriguing about The Maze Runner – for a long time, at least – is the way it tells us a story we think we’ve heard countless times before but with a refreshingly different tone and degree of detail. Full Review
  • Richard Larson

    A curious blend of our newly acquired taste for dystopia alongside a healthy sprinkling of Lord of the Flies, the film offers familiar pleasures without prompting the sense of having already been here before.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Entertaining but never quite thrilling, this actually feels like the second film in a franchise, coasting along, but saving the best bits for the next episode.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    It’s a well-made adventure with great energy and considerable style, but it’s essentially a maze without an exit.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It's also both intense and entertaining enough to leave audiences hungry for the inevitable sequel so clearly set up by its cliffhanger ending.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    No, there’s nothing new here. But sometimes it’s enough to be merely entertained, rather than amazed.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    By establishing some of the Glade’s castes, rituals, and personalities, the writers make an incredibly contrived scenario seem a little more tangible. But once that high gear is engaged, the IQ and ambition drop precipitously.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    Aside from some uneven handling of the cast, Ball competently styles the action sequences throughout the film and capitalizes on his VFX expertise with pulse-pounding scenes tracking the Runners through the Maze battling Grievers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    As world-creation YA pictures go, The Maze Runner feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    For its first half or so, The Maze Runner tells a captivating tale of survival and weaves a potentially interesting mystery. Once its path become clear, however, you realize this is a puzzle you've worked out before.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite a strong opening and riveting first 45 minutes, The Maze Runner devolves into one of the weakest post-apocalyptic Young Adult movies to reach theaters in recent years.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The Maze Runner isn’t based on a video game, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. In it, our hero must lead his comrades through a dingy gray concrete maze while dodging cyborg monsters, and it all looks like every gaming trailer you’ve ever seen.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Ball tends to slice and dice action sequences in a way that drains them of energy, and his attempts to churn up emotion fall disconcertingly flat. But he does stage a couple of effective adrenaline-pumping chases through the maze's industrial wasteland.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    A perfectly serviceable entry in the young-adult dystopian sweepstakes.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Maze Runner feels only partially formed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Think “Lord of the Flies,” without all the jerks.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The Maze Runner is so bleak that it almost convinces us to take it seriously.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The look of the film is impressive enough, but the performances are merely OK. The same goes for the story.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The Maze Runner is not a good movie, but it wins points for omitting much of what makes typical teen films excruciating.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The resolution to this puzzle is so botched it’s insulting, as if they’re daring us to laugh at the notion that this is merely “the beginning.”

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Fans of the novel might get some minor thrills from the big screen adaptation, but it's hard to understand what made the material so popular in the first place.

    The Playlist Full Review
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