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The Giver Review

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  • 3.0
    46

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    The Giver reaches the screen in a version that captures the essence of Lowry’s affecting allegory but little of its mythic pull.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    The Giver doesn’t seem entirely consistent about its own rules and races far too quickly to a thoroughly unsatisfactory conclusion that raises three questions for each answer it provides.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While the adult performances are strong, especially Jeff Bridges in the title role, youthful characterizations are not nearly as illuminating as they were on the page.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    What's so unfunny about peace, love and understanding? Plenty, it turns out. But for much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's not a lousy experience. Taylor Swift shows up in a glorified cameo. Thwaites has promise; Rush has more than that. But for a movie decrying the concept of societal "sameness," The Giver is a hypocritical movie indeed.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A lazy ending mars this fine, if generic, take on a much-loved YA novel.

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