Metacritic Movie Ratings
Divergent Reviews

3.0

48

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBill Zwecker

    The strength of Burger’s movie is the fact that a non-reader of Roth’s work can enjoy Divergent and not be confused by any aspect of the storyline.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Woodley, through the delicate power of her acting, does something compelling: She shows you what a prickly, fearful, yet daring personality looks like when it's nestled deep within the kind of modest, bookish girl who shouldn't even like gym class.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    Divergent is less action-oriented than "The Hunger Games" but no less compelling.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Despite two strong lead performances and a welcome dose of female empowerment, this somber tale feels too familiar and formulaic.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village VoiceAmy Nicholson

    It'd be easier to root for lead Tris's (Shailene Woodley, the go-to girl for drab roles with grit) quest to escape her Abnegation roots and those ghastly gray skirts to prove herself a worthy Dauntless if director Burger felt committed to the concept.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    VarietyAndrew Barker

    By trying to cram in as many explanatory info dumps as possible, Burger neglects to tend to the elements of the film that could easily make up for any narrative deficiencies: namely, a sense of place and a feeling of urgency.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterSheri Linden

    Director Neil Burger struggles to fuse philosophy, awkward romance and brutal action. Even with star Shailene Woodley delivering the requisite toughness and magnetism, the clunky result is almost unrelentingly grim.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.

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