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Divergent – Reviews Round-up of the classic adolescent anxieties tale

In Divergent Tris (Shailene Woodley) 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.

Divergent is based on the first of the hugely popular trilogy of books written by Veronica Roth.

Here’s a taster of some of what reviews there were…

New York Times Divergent review sample

So, yea for Divergent, a dumb movie that I hope makes major bank if only as a reminder of the obvious: Women can drive big and little movies, including the pricey franchises that fire up the box office and the culture.

It’s hard not to root for Ms Woodley, who has been coming on strong in recent indie titles like The Descendants and The Spectacular Now, but she seems palpably uncomfortable here.

Rating: StarStarNo Star RatingNo Star RatingNo Star Rating from our reading of the review

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Entertainment Weekly Divergent review sample

Woodley, through the delicate power of her acting, does something compelling: She shows you what a prickly, fearful, yet daring personality looks like when it’s nestled deep within the kind of modest, bookish girl who shouldn’t even like gym class.

The second half of the movie goes on a bit, with too many rote combat scenes. Yet the director, Neil Burger keeps you invested, staging a rise-of-the-savior-heroine plot so that it seems less ritualistic than it does in the Hunger Games films.

Rating: StarStarStarStarNo Star Rating

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Los Angeles Times Divergent review sample

When you start with the story of a girl worried about not belonging who discovers that only the best people don’t fit in, mix it with the twists and turns of a “is that cute guy really looking at me” high school romance and set it against the backdrop of a world in peril, you’ve really hit the pop culture jackpot.

Woodley’s strong presence allows her to be all that she can be as Tris. And British actor James never overplays his hand. Their engaging performances are money in the bank and make it clear why playing it safe was the smart way to go.

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar-half from our reading of the review

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Washington Post Divergent review sample

With the film adaptation of Divergent, the first novel in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of dystopian thrillers, director Neil Burger (Limitless) has crafted a popcorn flick that’s leaner, more propulsive and more satisfying than the bestseller that inspired it.

Woodley also makes for an appealingly complex Tris, a heroine whose sense of loss at leaving her family behind — along with her sense of identity — is tempered by the thrill of discovering new powers, both moral and physical.

Rating: StarStarStarStar-halfNo Star Rating

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