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The Giver

Overview


Genre :

Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Release Date :

August 15, 2014

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Philip Noyce

Starring :

Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay, Renate Stuurman

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..too bad the movie is less than the sum of its parts..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
“.."The Giver" reaches the screen in a version that captures the essence of Lowry's affecting allegory but little of its mythic pull - a recipe likely to disappoint fans while leaving others to wonder what all the fuss was about..”
by Scott Foundas [Variety]
“.."The Giver" is a shinier but no more substantive improvement over a poster of Smokey Bear declaring, "School is cool"..”
by Inkoo Kang [The Wrap]
Review rate : B-
Reviewed by Diana Drumm [indieWIRE]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Dustin Putman [DustinPutman.com]
Review rate : C-
Reviewed by Jeff Labrecque [Entertainment Weekly]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Travis Hopson [Examiner.com]
Reviewed by John DeFore [Hollywood Reporter]

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THE INTRUDERS :

“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
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FOCUS :

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