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Divergent Synopsis
Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
The strength of Burger’s movie is the fact that a non-reader of Roth’s work can enjoy Divergent and not be confused by any aspect of the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Woodley, through the delicate power of her acting, does something compelling: She shows you what a prickly, fearful, yet daring personality...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

What about those who haven’t read the book? Divergent, the movie, still offers a smart, spunky, sympathetic heroine, a hunky love interest...
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By James Berardinelli
Divergent is less action-oriented than "The Hunger Games" but no less compelling.
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By Todd Gilchrist
Because there’s some genuinely great ideas in the film, and some terrific character work, but it’s given such uneven attention, alternately...
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Over-plotty, convoluted, full of unanswered questions and unquestioned assumptions — is a big part of the problem here, but director Neil...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Despite two strong lead performances and a welcome dose of female empowerment, this somber tale feels too familiar and formulaic.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This society makes no sense except as a metaphor. The social layout of Divergent was supposedly devised so as to maintain peace, but...
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By Andrew Barker
By trying to cram in as many explanatory info dumps as possible, Burger neglects to tend to the elements of the film that could easily make...
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Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
It'd be easier to root for lead Tris's (Shailene Woodley, the go-to girl for drab roles with grit) quest to escape her Abnegation roots and...
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It was okay

By sbremer
I saw the movie tonight, on opening night. It was okay. I've read almost all of the Divergent trilogy. The books are much better. They left out a lot of really important, juicy, details while making...

Better than the book

By skmonks
My main issue with Divergent (the book) was that I couldn't like Tris. One minute she would be totally selfless, the next she would kill without thinking. I just couldn't bring myself to accept her...

Divergent Divergent <3

By celinesd21
It was great! You cant help compare it to the book but I believe it did it justice. I envisioned a different Four/Tabias but he worked out GREAT! Must Go!...

Where did the time go?

By CleanMovieLover
I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie (didn't read the book.) It was captivating and interesting. Sister to Hunger Games for sure ~ same type of movie. Ages: 12-120 Well done! It...


By sarahmmaninger
This film exceeded all my expectations! I absolutely love the book and the movie adaption is very close to the book. This could quite possibly be the best movie i have EVER seen! Please do yourself a...

True to the book!

By krusedominique
They did a great job translating the book to the big screen! The cast was great and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! Loved it!...


By webbergraffn
I am a 47-year-old high school teacher. I went with a 16-year-old, a 14-year-old and two 11-year-olds. Only two of us had read the book, but all of us loved it! It keep fairly true to the book and...

Very interesting

By jonushi28
I really liked this movie, it's different and not the usual storyline that every other movie has. It was a bit long but to me it was worth it!...

Changed a lot and not like the book

By sammunoz
If you like the book, you may not like the movie. It wasn't terrible by any means but they changed many things that were essential to the book plot line. There was very little character development...

Divergent great strength of character development message for girls

By carolmill88
The main character - Tris - faces physical, emotional, and mental challenges to gain true strength in handling obstacles. A good message for pre teen and teenage girls. Violence was no worse than...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sensuality, intense violence and action and thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Strong female character leads in violent dystopia.
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