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80

Total Film

Like its hero, Ender’s Game relies on brains more than brute force. An absorbing portrait of Lord Of The Flies-style morality housed in imaginative sci-fi casing.
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70

Variety

By Peter Debruge
An impressive, thought-provoking astro-adventure that benefits from the biggest screen available.
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60

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
This starfighter-recruit blockbuster is refreshingly idea-driven.
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60

Time Out London

By Tom Huddleston
It falters once the actual war begins: Ben Kingsley shows up as a Maori warrior with the weirdest imaginable accent, the final battle is uninvolving, and there’s an unconvincing upbeat coda. Ender’s Game ends up being fitfully engaging and endearingly odd.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

If only adapter-director Gavin Hood's movie had been tempered with craft and care and wasn't such a blunt instrument, one that seems designed as a delivery system for CGI derring-do instead of the heartbreaker it should be.
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60

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
The movie's apocalyptic finale indicates that it's bitten off considerably more than it can chew in terms of ideas, but it looks good, and the story rattles along.
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58

The Playlist

As a mainstream sci-fi film, this enjoyable, occasionally poignant effort too often feels messy in the wrong ways.
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Sure, it’s good-looking, cautionary and clever enough. But there’s not much in this “Game” that you’d call thrilling or fun.
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40

Empire

By Helen O'Hara
It admirably avoids many of the pitfalls of adapting this book, but seems to have lost some of the life and pace as well.
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57 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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