The Giver Synopsis
Based on Lois Lowry’s beloved novel, THE GIVER centers on a young man living in a seemingly ideal world of conformity. As he begins to discover the dark truths of his community’s past, he realizes he must escape to protect those he loves – a...
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
In its own way, the movie version — handsomely directed by Phillip Noyce and featuring an appealing, sure-footed cast of emerging and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Just in the last few months, we've seen "Snowpiercer" and "Divergent," which also deal with what happens after a civil collapse. The Giver,...
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67

indieWIRE

In spite of grand, world-building special effects and a stellar cast, the film falters under giant leaps of faith that land it just outside...
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63

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
While The Giver scores points for being smarter and deeper than “The Hunger Games” or its inferior photo-copy (“Divergent”), coming after...
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63

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
The Giver is at its best when Bridges expounds on civilization’s lost beauty and savagery; at other times, it’s strewn with implausibility:...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A lazy ending mars this fine, if generic, take on a much-loved YA novel.
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50

The Wrap

By Inkoo Kang
The Giver is an anti-totalitarian allegory so farcically hyperbolic it feels like only a teenager could have come up with it.
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50

Variety

By Scott Foundas
The Giver reaches the screen in a version that captures the essence of Lowry’s affecting allegory but little of its mythic pull.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
The Giver doesn’t seem entirely consistent about its own rules and races far too quickly to a thoroughly unsatisfactory conclusion that...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the adult performances are strong, especially Jeff Bridges in the title role, youthful characterizations are not nearly as...
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If you liked Divergent & the Island, you will be humbled.

By qdaw99
I went into this movie with no expectations. It's been forever since I read the Giver (back in middle school) and I vaguely remember bits and pieces of it. They started the movie off on the right...

By lexisbomb
I read the book as a child so thought I would see the movie. I think they could have explained some things better in some areas and made it a little more exciting but overall I thought it had a great...

Better than expected

By wahabyo
As with many movies based on novels, the story wasn't 100% accurate. But they did the best they could since this story is very difficult to assimilate into this type of medium. Nevertheless, the...

Sensational

By poohpal2
True to the book with a few twists and liberties but an excellent adaptation that keeps you on the edge of your seat!...

The Giver-A beautiful movie

By kimraisler
Strong acting and beautiful presentation of Lois Lowry's book....

Breathtaking!

By taylorm879
I have been a huge fan of the Giver for many years and have taught it to students both young and old. I was excited for the movie and anxious to see how it would translate to the big screen and it...

Message about evil and free choice

By al_soto
The Giver is a movie with little action and so don't go if you are sleepy or tired. But the acting and the message are excellent. We all complain about evil in the world and say that having knowledge...

Was very good once I got past what I had pictured, slight plot changes.

By thiskane
I really enjoyed this movie, although I was a bit worried about how they were going to adapt it when I saw the trailers. They did make a few plot changes to make it more dramatic/ add a new love...

Don't miss

By lsmcl
True to the book this movie doesn't disappoint! It's a must see with the kids. Great acting great production. Loved it....

Impressive

By terribianco
My son read the book about 3 years ago so he was excited to see this come to life. We both enjoyed the cinematography and art direction, just beautiful. Highly recommended....

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Rated PG-13 | For Sci-Fi Action and Violence and A Mature Thematic Image
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Pain makes life colorful in dystopian adaptation.
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