Reviews: The Giver (2014)

giverReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Pravi film snimljen u pogrešno vrijeme i na pogrešan nacin.
  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Nicholas Bell @
    • Excerpt: Its greatest triumph? The casting of Katie Holmes as Thwaites’ authoritarian inclined mother—every sequence featuring the actress is granted an additional layer of satirical heft .
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A cogent morality play about love, memory, and what is needed for a full and rich life.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: feels like a retread of so many films that have come before it, “Divergent” by way of “Pleasantville” topped off with “Citizen Kane’s” talismanic Rosebud.
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie appears always on the verge of diving into the workings of this world, but instead, it stands cautiously on the edge.
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: The screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s beloved YA novel is platitudinous and disappointing.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • [New – 2/5/15] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A very simplistic Dystopia for Dummies — with a bit of Terrence Malick for Dummies thrown in — and inoffensive enough until it devolves into all kinds of stupid.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Giver was a published novel before the recent trend of teenage-focused dystopias (The Hunger Games and Divergent), but it arrives on film after them and comes across as just another cog in the young adult book to film adaptations.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Giver movie is a surprisingly generic addition to the young adult film genre – especially for a story that champions individuality and self-expression.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The Giver might not be as dramatically profound as it wants to be, but it certainly pulls off a tricky feat in portraying a slick, clinical world without the film itself coming off too slick or clinical.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: The Giver, based on Newberry Medal-winning novel of the same name, turns the genre in different directions, but perhaps not enough to avoid accusations of sameness.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘The Giver,’ like the world it creates, is bland and flavorless.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: The future is an emotionless 1950s nightmare in The Giver, a stark, often beautifully realized adaptation of Lois Lowry’s popular novel that nevertheless lacks the courage of its convictions: too often does the film gloss over the novel’s inherently strong story elements to deliver a more box office-friendly young adult action-adventure.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Far from inspired…devolves into sledgehammer sermonizing punched up with familiar action-movie cliches.
  • Kent Turner @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Long in gestation, the movie version of Lois Lowry’s trendsetting 1993 novel takes a thoughtful, but not a slavishly literal, approach to the multiplex.

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