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The Maze Runner Synopsis
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his purpose.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.
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75

HitFix

By Drew McWeeny
Wes Ball's background is in animation and effects, and he certainly has an eye for composition. Thankfully, he doesn't just lean on visual...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
First-time feature director Wes Ball's version of The Maze Runner makes the cliches smell daisy-fresh.
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75

Boston Globe

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Using a refreshingly gentle FX touch, Ball has successfully transposed the decaying, vine-covered concrete jungle look of his short onto...
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72

Film.com

By Kate Erbland
For a genre that so often sacrifices character development and smaller narrative developments, the majority of The Maze Runner feels quite...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's bleak business, and as it hurries toward its explosive, expository conclusion, the film becomes nonsensical, too.
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63

Slant Magazine

A curious blend of our newly acquired taste for dystopia alongside a healthy sprinkling of Lord of the Flies, the film offers familiar...
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63

RogerEbert.com

By Christy Lemire
What’s intriguing about The Maze Runner – for a long time, at least – is the way it tells us a story we think we’ve heard countless times...
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60

Variety

As world-creation YA pictures go, The Maze Runner feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Maze Runner feels only partially formed.
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WOW in the best way!!!!!! Just WOW!

By mavram
This is an outstanding movie! This is a MUST SEE and will appeal to all from teens to upward in age. I got to go to an early screening and feel very lucky that I did. I read the book, and this movie...

Awesome

By darktwisters
It was awesome! Want to watch again C:...

MINDBLOWN

By feliecityrenee
Maze runner was great. It was suspenseful and vague enough to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more!...

Eh ??

By hernandezchristian1
I do a good job of keeping the movie and books separate. But compared to recent movie adaptations. This one is pretty bad. The only thing done right from the books are names of characters and the...

Dont waste the cash

By gamble313
Save yourself the money and rent it when it comes out. The movie was okay but it was very strange at times. Like the title says, I wouldn't waste the money on it....

I read the book (twice)

By paige425
Even though I know for most movies adapted from books can stink, I still greatly enjoyed this one. There were many aspects of the movie that differed from the book, which upset me at first. However,...

No. Just no.

By GreekQTPI
In all fairness, I tried really hard to like this movie. They picked very nice actors for the main parts, and I'm especially partial to Dylan O'Brien. Also, the book wasn't good, so the movie had...

Great movie...but they barely stuck to the book

By jdoo84
The movie was great itself, but as someone who loved the book....it wasn't so good. They got the maze...that's about it. Still a good movie though...

Great movie overall

By cawatson1993
I'm not one for lengthy reviews so ill keep this right to the point. It was a great movie. If you're expecting the book to play out then you need to stop watching movies. The director definitely took...

A roller coaster ride!

By Emilyparkerlopez124
I'd say this movie is based on the premise of the books but a lot of the details were changed and this is one of the first times I actually liked that. It kept me guessing til the end! I felt like I...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Seq. of Sci-Fi Violenc, Intense Seq. of Sci-Fi Action, Some Disturbing Images and Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Dystopian tale offers high-stakes action, mystery for teens.
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