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Divergent (2014)


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 197
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 117

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

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 27

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


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 125,913


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Vanessa Taylor , Evan Daugherty
In Theaters:
Aug 5, 2014
Box Office:
Lionsgate Films/Summit Entertainment - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Divergent

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (117) | DVD (2)

Barely diverting.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's all pretty dumb, and it marks a career low for director Neil Burger, who's made some first-class indie dramas from his own scripts.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Top Critic

Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Divergent takes its time in setting up the story and -- frankly -- future installments in the series.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Under the Radar

Divergent is a banal experience that suffers from a stretched-out plot and uninteresting characters.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014

For this first film at least, much of the fantastical elements feels as much like window dressing as the post-apocalyptic material in After Earth.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

It's not at all as intelligent as it thinks it is, but it's a pretty solid epic all things considered.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Tris is no Katniss Everdeen, and Divergent is a better film for not trying to impersonate a similar trilogy. It won't excite the world to the extent of The Hunger Games but this more humble offering is nevertheless exciting, fun and satisfying.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014

This dystopia flick offers a pseudo-allegory for teenagehood along with a predictable plot, bland setting, and pat romance. So it conforms to today's alt-world teen-film formula.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A far more interesting plot lurks in the background ... It's this - not the mawkish romance - that leads to a fairly exciting climax and sets the stage for a more intriguing premise in the two additional movies that already are in the works ...

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Dramatically, Divergent wanders, but over rich philosophical soil.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
America Magazine

A relatively faithful adaptation that brings with it the best and the worst parts of the novel and leaves out a few things that might have made it better.

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
Cinema Sight

Although 'Divergent' has understandably attracted a great readership, as did its predecessor, 'The Hunger Games' series, this new 'young adult' tale has a much weaker presence on the big screen

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If the 'Hunger Games' films do a fairly tidy job of explaining their premise, 'Divergent' has to over and over for nearly 2 1/2 hours.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
Columbus Alive

...just another bloated adaptation that's unable to capture the magic of its literary forebear.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

All the flashy digital bells and whistles one would equate with such a scenario are kept at a startling minimum--but such a back-to-basics approach thus forces one to pay attention to the actual substance of the story and characters.

Full Review… | April 19, 2014

No, it's not wildly different than other science fiction, hero's journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Flick Filosopher

Overall, this is a solid first-up effort for the Divergent franchise. Even though the film loses momentum in its final act as it sets up shop for next year's sequel, a majority of fans will be perfectly content with what has been achieved here.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Herald Sun (Australia)

Yet another slice of post-content sci-fi schlock that relies on audiences over-looking huge story holes and a grand lack of pace in favour of design and a hot young cast...lame-brained.

Full Review… | April 11, 2014

If I had to join a faction, I'd be looking for one called Bafflement or Exasperation. After spending the best part of five hours watching Divergent and Only Lovers Left Alive, I understand why audiences are flocking to see the Muppets and The Lego Movie.

Full Review… | April 11, 2014
The Australian

Science fiction it may be, but the essence of the film is that timeless adolescent conundrum: who am I?

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
New Statesman

Really the film is so intent on setting things up for, presumably, subsequent films that it forgets to be entertaining and involving in its own right, I think, and so I found this going over my head. I wasn't really interested in all of this.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

The director was Neil Burger who handles the action with aplomb.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Divergent

When I first saw the trailer for this I rolled my eyes and said "Hunger Games ripoff". Now, it's not a ripoff, but had "Hunger Games" not been a success I doubt this would have been made. I'm not really going to try to describe the story of this movie, but if you don't know it won't make a lick of sense. It's a little complicated and requires your full attention. Now, when I watched it it was one of those "on in the background" situations where I was doing something else and not watching as intently as I should have been. But, I got the jest of it. Shailene Woodley is fantastic and really the biggest reason to watch this. The effects and overall story are just ok, but Woodley is electric. She is a star on the rise for sure. For what it is, it's decent enough. Girls will probably like this a lot more than the guys will, because it doesn't have a whole lot of action. But, it is interesting, and I'll check out the sequels for sure. Just have to make sure I rewatch this as a refresher. Worth a watch.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Teen fantasy that had potential to be better but an average movie that wonders whom we are to be! Winslet talents were wasted but made this teen drama a tad better!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

You can tell just how desperately this film is trying to be the next big Young Adult book to movie adaptation. It has some solid action sequences and its themes are smarter than the average science fiction thriller spewed out from Hollywood, but it does very little to distinguish itself. Every other scene I was just reminded of other superior and more original films that this clearly is imitating. Shailene Woodley does make for a likable protagonist and they filled the supporting cast with solid actors as well. Unfortunately, they shoe-horn in a romance that isn't very believable. This is a thought-provoking story told in an assembly line manner, but it can be entertaining in spurts. I'm intrigued enough that I am willing to watch the sequel. Not exactly the best praise, but better than nothing.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

Slow at times, but still intriguing. Very fine sets, costumes and special effects. Shailene Woodley does a decent job (much better that Stewart in the Twilight series, and she certainly has more depth!) Theo James...well,.. I don't see what all the fuss is about. He's adequate, but he's sure no dynamo. Nevertheless, the story is exciting enough to make this a worthwhile film to see.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Divergent Quotes

Four: As a Dauntless soldier you have to follow orders you don't always agree with... Tris Prior: Who is she? Four: She's an innocent... and I have to kill her. But I can never do it... unless I look away.
– Submitted by Ashley N (4 months ago)
Tris Prior: Because you're so approachable
– Submitted by Roz Nicole S (4 months ago)
Tris Prior: Who is that? Four: An innocent.
– Submitted by Kristen V (5 months ago)
Four: I don't want to be just one thing. I want to be brave, selfless, intelligent, and honest, and kind... Well, I'm still working on kind.
– Submitted by Bob B (5 months ago)
Marcus: Did you really need to shoot him? Tris Prior: Every minute we waste, another abnegation dies and another dauntless becomes a murderer!
– Submitted by Ashley N (5 months ago)
Four: I don't want to be just one thing. I can't be. I want to be brave, and selfless, honest, intelligent, and kind. Well... I'm still working on kind.
– Submitted by Ashley N (5 months ago)

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