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Based on 39 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 51 )
  • 38
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    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. show more

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    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Not only does Ender's Game have many scenes in zero gravity, but this zero-sum fiasco has zero drama, zero suspense, zero humor, zero charm and zero appeal. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There's lots of zero-g action in Ender's Game - even old Han Solo takes a whirl. show more

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    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Ender’s Game, the book, may have a special place in pop-lit. The movie, however, is as special as a migraine. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 55
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    It may seem odd for a teen-focused action movie to feel so glum, but that's actually something that the director gets right, even if it threatens to make this a dull affair: Ender's Game is a dark story of a children's crusade built on the crushed psyches of damaged youths, and too much uplift would undermine it. show more

  • 65

    Since it took 28 years to get it to the big screen, the fact that the end result feels rushed and hasty probably qualifies as irony. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    A big, dark film that should satisfy the many fans of the Orson Scott Card novel and engage newcomers, too. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Ender's Game is uneven - at times almost maddeningly so - with the first half offering more enjoyment than the second. Perhaps that's because, in military-style movies, I often prefer the training segments to the battle sequences. show more

  • June 14, 2014 Sam
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    Loved the book first off. But what the hell was I watching? Problems; The Stilson fight was supposed to happen at Enders elementary school not a military school. Bean was not supposed to be i n Enders launch group. Because of that they can't do Enders Shadow. Bernard didn't break his arm in the launch shuttle. . Shen wasn't in the movie. Dink was supposed to be in Rat army. Peter and Val's side story was left out. Command School is supposed to be on Eros. Not a bugger world. Val was supposed to leave at the end with ender as the governor of a colony. That's when he finds the egg. Crappy rendition of a great book

  • May 15, 2014 Tyler Grim
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    super good

  • February 15, 2014 qa00000000099836
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    The movie is entertaining, but when it\'s over you realize that things didn\'t add up.

  • February 04, 2014 hahkeystah
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    I\'m a victim of loved-the-book-before-the-movie. That being said, my biggest issues with this movie were character development. Anderson, Dap, and Bean were just all wrong, and the changes to Anderson were the only ones that made sense for the adaptation. On it\'s own, it would have been passable.

  • January 30, 2014 wz00000000179473
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    I so loved that movie!!!!!! But I kind of prefer the book but it was AWESOME!!!

  • January 14, 2014 Terry
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    B-O-R-I-N-G! What a dreadful movie! Half the movie was like watching a kid play a video game. Glad I seen it at the cheap show for a buck fifty. Had I paid 10 bucks I would have been upset. For kids.

  • December 06, 2013 greggbmessel
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    I was amazed at how close they came to the story line of the book. I thought the movie captured the conflict in Ender.

  • November 25, 2013 sg00000000172767
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    boring flick, wow what a waste of time ,maybe a 10 year old might enjoy this stupid movie.

  • November 23, 2013 yc00000000089578
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    Movie was entertaining and I liked the characters, but I was disappointed by the story\'s end. I can\'t say more without including a spoiler.

  • November 23, 2013 foxandhound1207
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    Simply Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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