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Ender's Game Reviews

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July 23, 2020
[It] tries so hard to be something important but never gets there. Rather, it buries itself under its own themes and ends up becoming insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 27, 2019
Nothing much comes of any of this really, save for Card getting another chance to cling to relevance and advance his agenda of hate. So, maybe this was a bad idea.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 14, 2019
For those eager to see those Battle School fights, Ender's time there might be the strongest point of the film.
May 10, 2016
Based on a hit novel by Orson Scott Card, this futurist sci-fi film trudges along in perpetual low gear, its efforts at times laboured, despite a no-nonsense turn by Asa Butterfield as the game-theorist boy of the title.
June 22, 2016
Far too benign and, in this blockbuster season, far too tired to leave any bad taste in the mouth, Ender's Game is better the less one thinks about it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 20, 2019
Ender's Game is a visually stunning adaptation that falls short to relate the charisma and excitement of the Orson Scott Card classic science fiction novel. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 8, 2014
It is its book, put on the screen without any new thought whatsoever. A seventh grader could watch it and write a passable essay about it. I doubt they'd have much fun with it, though.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 22, 2014
Newcomers will likely be left wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place.
November 1, 2013
It's hard to tell who this Ender's Game was meant for, but surely this isn't the start to a potential franchise that fans of Card's work had been hoping for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 8, 2013
Gavin Hood fosters a wet-blanket tone that suffocates many scenes, rendering them stolid and emotionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2013
For all the meaningful, emotional depth it tries to delve into, it can't shake the uninvolved, detached feeling that plagues the film throughout its entire runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 4, 2019
It struggles to stand out from the blockbuster field, too reverential to the genre at hand and seemingly unwilling to take any real risks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2013
Despite the solid performances - and an admittedly intriguing final 10 minutes - Ender's Game is an underwhelming sci-fi that makes poor use of its thought-provoking material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2013
The space battles don't have the usual problem of looking like video games; instead, they have the unusual problem of looking like terrifically cluttered screensavers.
October 26, 2013
The film has been designed to appeal to the very instincts it pretends to criticise. How else to deliver the spectacle and thrills considered vital to the movie's prospects with its target demographic?
November 8, 2013
Absent a fuller exploration of the desperation prompting war and the horrors experienced in it, the small moments of life and love don't really stand out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2013
If you dislike child actors, you might derive a perverse satisfaction from seeing dozens of them look so unhappy to be onscreen.
October 21, 2013
Wars have felt shorter and better managed than this epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2013
It's to the film's credit that it tackles big questions without offering any easy or clear-cut answers. If only Hood's acumen for storytelling and characterization were just as lofty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 29, 2013
Almost thought provoking, shiny and glum
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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