New Maze Runner 2,Scorch Trials Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
20th Century FOX released their new action/sci-fi movie, “Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials,” into theaters today, September 18th, 2015, and all the reviews are in from the top, major movie critics. It turns out that it sort of fell in the middle with mixed reviews giving it an overall 43 score out of a possible 100 across 28 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Starring: Aidan Gillen, Dylan O’Brien, Giancarlo Esposito, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. We’ve provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below.
Brian Truitt at USA Today, gave it an ok 75 grade, stating: “Katniss and Tris might still be queen bees of the genre, but Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers find a satisfying, teen-friendly way to combine rebellion, politics, science and a lot of jogging for a broad audience.”
Michael Sragow from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 score, saying: “Ball and his cast overcome clichés with gusto.”
Katherine Pushkar over at the New York Daily News, gave it a 60 grade. She stated: “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials does pretty well. It finishes respectably on a scale between “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (fizzle) and “The Empire Strikes Back” (aces!).”
Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “The movie may feel tonally consistent with the first, but it’s also overlong and thoroughly routine.”
Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, selfish oldsters scheme to rob young people of their vital essence, sacrificing them in the process. It’s basically “Social Security: The Movie.”
Michael O’Sullivan over at the Washington Post, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “It’s not a bad movie. It’s like several pretty good ones.”
Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Though Ball’s workmanlike handling of the second in the trilogy, “The Scorch Trials,” proves mainly that he can keep a franchise from running completely off the rails when the tracks have been laid perilously near a swamp of “dys-lit” cliches.”
Kevin P. Sullivan at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Left without a gimmick, The Scorch Trials wanders between YA cliches — there’s a Resistance, but it’s unclear what they’re resisting — and zombie movie tropes, with the obligatory a zombie bit our friend scene.”
Andrew Barker at Variety, gave it a 50 score, stating: “The Scorch Trials offers virtually no character development and only hints of plot advancement, mostly just functioning to move a group of obliquely motivated characters from one place to another without giving much clue where the whole thing is headed.”
John Williams from the The New York Times, gave it a 40 grade, stating: “The Scorch Trials adds nothing new to the unkillable dystopian genre, but it’s at least less ponderous than its predecessor. The many chases and ludicrous narrow escapes offer respectable doses of adrenaline.”
Justin Lowe over at the The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade. He stated: “The second installment, which reveals some of the reasons behind their imprisonment, lacks a similar sense of originality and urgency, undercut by overly familiar characterizations and dilatory pacing.”
Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 score. She stated: ” Larger than its predecessor, last year’s “The Maze Runner,” in every way: in its cast, scope, set pieces and (unfortunately) length. But “more” also means more convoluted.”
Finally, James Rocchi from TheWrap, gave it a very awful 20 grade, claiming: “One of the most tedious apocalypses to come down the chute in recent years, this series gets lamer, and lazier, with each entry. The only ‘Trial’ offered by this film is the ordeal of watching it.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.