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Divergent (2014)

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Critic Consensus: With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.

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DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) 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. (C) Summit

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Cast

Shailene Woodley
as Tris Prior
Kate Winslet
as Jeanine Matthews
Ben Lamb
as Edward
Ashley Judd
as Tris' Mother
Janet Ulrich Brooks
as Erudite Teacher
Clara Burger
as Little Abnegation Girl
Ryan Carr
as Dauntless Man
Alex Hashioka
as Erudite Guard
William Blagrove
as Dauntless Patrol Man
Zoë Kravitz
as Christina
Rotimi
as Ezra
Michael Sherry
as Bullied Abnegation Boy
Lukas Burger
as Jonathan Ziegler
Austin Lyon
as Zipline #1
Renee Puente
as Zipline #2
Lucas Ross
as Zipline #3
Chris Hayes
as Dauntless Instructor
Ana Corbi
as Factionless Girl
Eric Kaldor
as Factionless Man #1
Alice Bowden
as Factionless Man #2
Bob Rumnock
as Older Abnegation Man
Elyse Cole
as Ten Year Old Tris
Efe McWorter
as Candor Judge
Christopher Weir
as Candor Lawyer
Doyle Brand
as Candor Witness
Faye Jackson
as Abnegation Woman
Scott Roberts
as Abnegation Man
Sophia Marzocchi
as Candor Attorney #2
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Critic Reviews for Divergent

All Critics (230) | Top Critics (52)

The film is more interesting than the average bad movie precisely because it so gratuitously, and even thematically, fails to fit together.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The conflicts inherent in old-fashioned high school movies are accommodated, with bullying to stir the blood and romance to set the heart thumping. But Divergent's assimilation of all this fails to excite.

April 9, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Romance and self-realisation wrapped in violence now sell a whole lot of tickets. At least Divergent has more to ponder than most of the field.

April 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a slickly made, energetic teen sci-fi yarn, let down by its derivative and schematic storyline.

April 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Those with a high tolerance for blockbusters in which non-fetishised females save the day will be able to put up with its flaws - including lacklustre action sequences and a preoccupation with tattoos.

April 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What a conformist message.

April 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Divergent

Not bad for YA rehash.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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Certainly better than I expected. While the plot can be a bit formulaic and stretched out, this YA novel adaptation slightly rises above with it's intriguing premise (with hints of philosophical intrigue that I hope will get explored more in the two sequels), a solid cast (Shailene Woodley gives a compelling turn as Tris, the film's action heroine), and well-directed action sequences.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

½

Neil Burger's Divergent diverges from greatness. Running for a 130 minutes, the story never finds a consistent pace; taking much too long to develop and rushing with its ending. By employing the lengthy buildup, the film manages to drop interest by the time it begins to pick up for its finale. There isn't much action, it isn't much of an a adventure, and the special effects are used sparingly. Nothing noteworthy stands out in this department. The characters are bland along with much of the performances. Shailene Woodley is difficult to take serious with her role, although the lack of action makes it more reasonable. Theo James is as monotone as his character's name. Four. Divergent does enough to get by, but not enough to be a recommendation.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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