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Ender's Game Synopsis
An unusually gifted youth is selected for advanced training to defend Earth against alien invaders.
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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...
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By Peter Debruge
An impressive, thought-provoking astro-adventure that benefits from the biggest screen available.
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The Telegraph

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

By notofthisworld
I was totally disappointed by this movie. It is missing the elements that made the book so well loved. There is no character development, so it's hard to identify with the characters. The brilliant...

It's somebody's game

By moodrojam
Just saw an advanced preview of the film (two days prior to general release) and it was a very good film. The pacing was steady and personally there were no dull moments. The visuals are amazing,...

Rushed, Softened To Much, Lacking the Awe...

By tjcwolf
I felt at times I was watching a long preview to the movie I wanted to see, and was left wanting more all to often. You could really tell that they were rushing through key moments and movie...

Loved it! Especially if you love Sci-Fi, it's a must see!

By suz515
We are huge fans of the book and the movie didn't disappoint! Like always, much is cut from books in order to keep in the length of a feature film (unless you are the Hobbit and can spread a book out...

So disappointed!

By missmoody2008
I have been waiting forever for them to turn one of my favorite books into a movie and now I wish they hadn't. I came into it understanding that this book is very complex and detailed and was...

Things to know before watching

By dramajsm10
In the movie Ender's Game, the first thing I noticed was that they barely touched on certain things that are clearly stated in the book. I hope by submitting this review I may help those of you who...


By Munga006
Being Someone that has read the book and knows the characters and the setting of the whole book, I was looking forward to what they were showing in the preview. excited to see what parts I liked in...

Missed the mark, by a large margin.

By NHladky
If you've read the book, you'll be very disappointed. They fudge the story lines for screenplay repeatedly. This is very akin to The Last Airbender, a fantastic animated series that fell on its face...

Ender's Game

By rosebarnett7229
I've read all 10 books in the series, the 5 Enders and the 5 Shadows (Bean) and they really did a great job putting this to picture. Asa Butterfield did a great job as Ender - all the cast were...

Ender's Game Excellent Story

By jimdrew
The story was not exactly like the book... but the movie was interesting and keeps you glued to your seat. The interaction of Ender as he moved through his training is very well done. This movie is...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic material, some violence and sci-fi action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Thought-provoking sci-fi adventure with military violence.
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