Written March 01, 2017
The screenplay was weak. It dropped nearly everything that made the story good. They dumbed down the characters to make the movie accessible to the average teenager. The effects were very good but mishandled by the screenwriter, who should be violently sacked. Card did not write it.
I was particularly annoyed that the actors could not decide on the pronunciation of Bonzo. It's obvious that half the actors had never bothered to read the book. Harrison Ford as Graff? Feh.
There was not enough time to explore any complexity. The battle room was cool, but again, the complexities were tossed to make the movie pretty.
This movie should be subtitled, "Very loosely based on some of the plot points of the novel Ender's Game while sacrificing all of the elements that make the story interesting."
It was a half-hearted effort at best, a cynical bid for box office receipts at worst. A disappointment to most.
Written May 23, 2017
If you've read the book you will probably like the movie but be critical of the omissions and changes. If you haven't read the book you will probably like the movie but not fully understand it. Asa Butterfield was amazing as Ender Wiggin. I will see this movie for a second time and buy the DVD.
Written November 05, 2013
Very good, well played out movie. Great special effects. Could have been longer to make the plot clearer. Wish it were in 3D. That being said, I really enjoyed this movie a lot. Awesome Imax experience Great for all ages!
Written November 02, 2013
This movie did a very good job staying true to the spirit of the book. This is not a light hearted sci fi movie. It deals with some difficult issues, and does so in a way that is enjoyable to watch. Excellent acting and special effects.
Written December 06, 2016
I loved the Ender's Game book when I first read it awhile back. Orson Scott Card captured character development better than perhaps any other sci-fi writer of his time and I loved the extra effort he took to really delve into the motivations and thoughts of Ender Wiggin. Ender is a complicated character and if you don't see or understand his background and the thoughts going on in his head, then the story is just a shoot-em-up space movie. But the crew behind the movie adaptation took the time to develop a story that could show you how Ender thought without being overly introspective or philosophical. They kept the action going and still managed to allow reflection for the situation Ender finds himself thrust in. My new favorite movie of 2013 and a definite watch for the whole family!