Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Giver Reviews

3.0

46

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.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterJohn DeFore

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    VarietyScott 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-TimesRichard 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 TodayClaudia 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 JournalJohn 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 TribuneMichael 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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