Divergent

Divergent

Divergent

Dystopian sci-fi based on the bestselling young adult novel by Veronica Roth, set in a society where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is Tris, a girl who fails the aptitude test, marking her as a ‘Divergent’. Co-stars Theo James, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravits, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet.

In an effort to stay hidden from Divergent hunters, Tris conceals her test results and chooses to enter the brave, but ruthless, world of the Dauntless faction. From there, she partakes in the physically and mentally draining drills required of the city protectors, catching the attention of the strong and emotionally guarded leader named Four. But when Jeanine (Winslet), the coldly intelligent leader of Erudite, executes a plan for absolute control over the other factions, Tris is forced to take action.

2014Rating: M, Science fiction themes and violence139 minsUSA
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Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Thrills and misfires abound in this not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman-but-nearly-a-trained-killer coming of age tale. Veronica Roth’s YA best-seller (herself only 21 at time of writing) sees the remaining members of a dystopian caste society separated into five factions based on their primary virtue - peacefulness, honesty, bravery, intelligence or selflessness.

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Variety

Variety

Even though it stretches to nearly two-and-a-half hours and concludes with an extended gun battle... it still seems to be in the process of clearing its throat.

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Total Film

Total Film

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

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Time Out

Time Out

A saving grace comes in the form of Shailene Woodley... born to conflicted impulses and persuasively more complex than her dialogue would suggest.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It's hard not to root for Ms. Woodley... but she seems palpably uncomfortable here.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Unfortunately, [the story's] source material proves to be the film's undoing... built on a shaky premise that collapses when blown up to big-screen proportions.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Even with star Woodley delivering the requisite toughness and magnetism, the clunky result is almost unrelentingly grim.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Smart, tough and a little bit cool, this is an intriguing opening rather than a slam-dunk in its own right.

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