Divergent

Divergent

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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, Violence139 minsUSA
ActionAdventureScience Fiction
90%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a conformist message.

2.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
0

I haven't read the books, let me just say it now. I had no interest in seeing the movie either. I am a Hunger Games fan and didn't want to see Divergent at all. But a friend put it on so I watched it. I liked the casting choices except for Shailene Woodley who I don't see as a leading lady of any franchise ever but I liked Four and I think Miles Teller is...

3.0
0

Subjective point of view from a book-reader ahead. The first part was good. Burger takes his time to define characters, universe, environment. very good. He made choices for cinema adaptation, very good too. And after that, I was lost. I don't understand. He had plenty of time, Heaps of. But he just seems to be running after somethinf in the scenario and I...

3.0
0

I had great expectations for this movie. Hoping that it would be better than The Hunger Games saga... so far. Well it's not! It's another pathetic attempt from Hollywood to just gather revenue from the teenage market. This could of been made with more adult-direction. Instead it seemed they drew their inspiration form flicks like Twilight, Vampire Diaries...

2.0
0

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film, the action was captivating and the setting and plot was gripping. The only downside was the predictable romance, but I easily ignored that because of how awesome the rest of the movie was. I reckon people are blinded by their hate towards film makers trying to replicate the romance of other popular YA book-to-film...

0

This movie does not have a lot of substance to it for the 2hrs 20min running time.What it does do is keep the viewer guessing about what is going on and what is coming up next.Coupled with superb acting and directing it does make for an entertaining movie.The tests that were done to determine which faction one belonged to were futuristic and believable,but...

4.0
0

A great young cast with sides of past shining stars of Winslett and Judd. Its hard for films like this to be judged on their own merrit and not compared to other teen action films such as twighlight, vampire academy, hunger games all adaptations from books. All up the film follws a good storyline after all its based on an award winning novel. The acting is...

3.0
0

Divergent (but I do like the leading ladies) Sooo, much like you would expect (lots of vampire movies when they were the rage, now it's books with leading ladies), thus we have another book series... Mash up of 'Twilight', 'Host', 'Hunger Games', 'Ender's Game' and 'City of Ember'. I enjoyed it, more than I expected, yet still felt very young to watch....

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a conformist message.

2.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
0

I haven't read the books, let me just say it now. I had no interest in seeing the movie either. I am a Hunger Games fan and didn't want to see Divergent at all. But a friend put it on so I watched it. I liked the casting choices except for Shailene Woodley who I don't see as a leading lady of any franchise ever but I liked Four and I think Miles Teller...

3.0
0

Subjective point of view from a book-reader ahead. The first part was good. Burger takes his time to define characters, universe, environment. very good. He made choices for cinema adaptation, very good too. And after that, I was lost. I don't understand. He had plenty of time, Heaps of. But he just seems to be running after somethinf in the scenario and...

3.0
0

I had great expectations for this movie. Hoping that it would be better than The Hunger Games saga... so far. Well it's not! It's another pathetic attempt from Hollywood to just gather revenue from the teenage market. This could of been made with more adult-direction. Instead it seemed they drew their inspiration form flicks like Twilight, Vampire Diaries...

2.0
0

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film, the action was captivating and the setting and plot was gripping. The only downside was the predictable romance, but I easily ignored that because of how awesome the rest of the movie was. I reckon people are blinded by their hate towards film makers trying to replicate the romance of other popular YA book-to-film...

0

This movie does not have a lot of substance to it for the 2hrs 20min running time.What it does do is keep the viewer guessing about what is going on and what is coming up next.Coupled with superb acting and directing it does make for an entertaining movie.The tests that were done to determine which faction one belonged to were futuristic and...

4.0
0

A great young cast with sides of past shining stars of Winslett and Judd. Its hard for films like this to be judged on their own merrit and not compared to other teen action films such as twighlight, vampire academy, hunger games all adaptations from books. All up the film follws a good storyline after all its based on an award winning novel. The acting...

3.0
0

Divergent (but I do like the leading ladies) Sooo, much like you would expect (lots of vampire movies when they were the rage, now it's books with leading ladies), thus we have another book series... Mash up of 'Twilight', 'Host', 'Hunger Games', 'Ender's Game' and 'City of Ember'. I enjoyed it, more than I expected, yet still felt very young to watch....

2.0
0