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PG-13| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary

The haunting story of 'The Giver' centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Cast: Jeff Bridges , Meryl Streep , Brenton Thwaites , Alexander Skarsgård , Katie Holmes , Taylor Swift , Cameron Monaghan , Odeya Rush

Director: Phillip Noyce

Genres: Drama, Science fiction, Action

Distributor: Weinstein Co.

The Giver (2014)

Release Date: August 15th, 2014|1 hr. 37 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lowry took chances with her novel. The movie of The Giver takes none. It's safe, sorry and a crashing bore. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Just in the last few months, we've seen "Snowpiercer" and "Divergent," which also deal with what happens after a civil collapse. The Giver, the latest in this weird trend, approaches a now-familiar topic from a new angle, and, of the three, it's the most visually arresting. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • August 19, 2014 Dreamchaser Linda
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    Wonderful movie, I loved it!

  • August 17, 2014 velbe
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    Really enjoyed this movie - of course I am an adult and have not read the novel so I had nothing to compare with. Felt the story was compelling. A lot of suspense. Nice twist in Giver's motives. I would recommend it!

  • August 16, 2014 CHERYL
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    TOTAL FLOP and waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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'The Giver' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Dystopian Thriller

Posted by
Sandie Angulo Chen on Aug 15th, 2014 1:00PM

"The Giver" is the latest dystopian thriller to follow an attractive teen who must fight against the totalitarian authority of misguided adults. And if that sounds like every other post-apocalyptic...

Watch Live! Author Lois Lowry and the Cast of 'The Giver' (VIDEO)

Posted by
Corey Teich on Aug 11th, 2014 10:45AM

The gut-wrenching tale of a utopian society that has eliminated all human emotions, Lois Lowry's "The Giver" has been read by millions of teenagers and adults alike. Now, after more than 20 years,...

In 'The Giver' Trailer, Everything Is Fine -- Except for All the Injections (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Mar 19th, 2014 1:30PM

As teens, we all suspected that something nefarious lurked just beneath the surface of every well-scrubbed suburban home development. In "The Giver," Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) finds out the secret of...

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