New Ender’s Game Movie Getting Mixed Reviews From Top Critics
New Ender’s Game movie getting mixed reviews from top critics. Summit Entertainment released their new action/sci-fi flick, “Ender’s Game” into theaters this weekend,and the reviews from top critics, seem to be pretty mixed for the most part,garnering an overall 51 score on Metacritic.com after the tally.
It stars: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo hoo, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy,and Khylin Rhambo.
Sara Stewart of the New York Post, gave it a 75 out of 100 score, stating, “A big, dark film that should satisfy the many fans of the Orson Scott Card novel and engage newcomers, too.” Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post, gave it a 75 score,saying, “Ender’s Game is more than a parable about bullying, or a disquisition on the concept of the “just war.” It’s also a rousing action film, especially in Imax.”
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it another 75 score,stating, “At times Ender’s Game throws so many metaphors and moral dilemmas our way, we almost forget to appreciate the stunning and gorgeous visuals covering every inch of the screen. Almost.”
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times gave it a 70 score, stating, “Its strong special effects make its simulated battles effective and, echoing the book, its story line touches on a number of intriguing issues.” Peter Debruge from Variety, gave it another 70,stating, “An impressive, thought-provoking astro-adventure that benefits from the biggest screen available.”
Marc Bernardin from the Hollywood Reporter gave it a 60 score, stating, “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 designed as a delivery system for CGI derring-do instead of the heartbreaker it should be.”
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58, stating, “By the time the movie finally manages to get interesting, audiences may be too numb and their retinas too fried to win back.” Peter Keough of the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score, stating, “It comes down to this: Which is more important, the innocence of a child or the survival of the species? And if the race survives, will it just become like the enemy aliens that must be destroyed to do so?”
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, gave it another 50 score, saying, “Mr. Butterfield is one of those young performers whose seriousness feels as if it sprang from deep within. And while he’s an appealing presence, little Ender can’t help feeling like a pint-size psycho.”
And finally, we have Scott Bowles from USA Today, who gave it a negative 38 score, claiming, “Most Ender’s fans, of course, won’t care about comparisons and consider the film adaptation a long-awaited victory in itself. Those fresh to the tale, or at least expecting something fresh from it ,may wonder what the fuss was about.”
There were a couple others that just gave it an outright zero from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News, so it definitely didn’t sit well with everyone. Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.