11 Divergent Movie Critic Reviews That’ll Definitely Piss Fans Off

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Alright, Initiates, we’re gonna give the news to you straight because we feel that you deserve the truth from us. After watching Divergent come to life on the big screen (multiple times, mind you), we’ve come to a conclusion: the Veronica Roth book-turned-movie is one of the best YA adaptations we’ve ever seen. There, we said it.

While we hate comparisons, since all of our favorite young adult novels and series differ in so many ways, we’ll say that the movie exceeds the translations of Twilight, Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments, but doesn’t quite reach The Hunger Games or Harry Potter status. Just for a frame of reference.

However, not everyone’s feeling the love. According to a bunch of grumpy old movie critics, the film is a poor attempt at replicating the success of predecessors Twilight, Harry Potter and/or The Hunger Games. While we’d love to burn each of the following reviews, we thought we’d share them with our fellow Divergent fanatics so they can join us in telling these people to suck it. You can tell pretty much all of ‘em never even touched the book…

“It betters Edward and Bella, but not by much.”
Film Racket

“A movie so cold and monotone about its material that it plays more like an emotional concession than a full-fledged adventure.”

“A painfully dumbed-down version of politics and human nature. It is exactly what you’d expect for a book aimed at 13-year-old kids… targeting the Twilight movie crowd.”
7m Pictures

“This late-to-the-YA-dystopia-party look like a meal that’s been left out in the sun for a day or so.”
Honey Cutts Hollywood

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“Haven’t we seen this story before?”
Movie Habit

“The uninitiated will need to read Veronica Roth’s book to understand what’s so great about Divergent, because the movie is aggressively mediocre.”
Aisle Seat

Wikia (Glee)

Wikia (Glee)

Divergent feels like nothing more than a lite version of The Hunger Games.”

“In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.”
Wall Street Journal

“It doesn’t take long to get the sense that the filmmakers desperately want this to be the next Twilight, Harry Potter or Hunger Games instead of aiming higher and simply trying to be the first Divergent.”
Lyle’s Movie Files

“It’s impossible to ignore the overwhelming sense that we’ve seen all this before, only with better execution …”

Wikia (iCarly)

Wikia (iCarly)

“By the time it reached the 2-hour mark, I faced my own worst fear: the endless bad movie.”
Boston Herald

Wikia (Glee)

Wikia (Glee)

Whatever, the joke’s on all of them as the Shailene Woodley-led flick took the #1 spot at the box office, nabbing $56 million in its first weekend. Eat it! What’d you think of the adaptation? Did it exceed your expectations, or did it fall short? Tell us your honest opinions in the comments below, or on our Divergent message board!

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19 Responses to "11 Divergent Movie Critic Reviews That’ll Definitely Piss Fans Off"

  1. Teen.com
    melissa says:

    it was amazing i read the book and it was very detalted and alot happend in the book i can understand why they cant fit everything in the movie but i apprecated what they did put in the movie

  2. Teen.com
    facehook says:

    Dang. A number of these things are not on our list. Splendid.


  3. Teen.com
    Chinami says:

    I actually fell asleep when I watched it with my friends.

  4. Teen.com
    Samantha O'Keefe says:

    These people have probably never even seen any of this or heard and true thing about it! They are so stupid !

  5. Teen.com
    Jenni Cha says:

    Divergent was the worst movie i have ever seen. Not only did they miss a lot of details, they forgot to include that one couple. URIAH AND MARLENE.

  6. Teen.com
    Alexandria says:

    I loved the movie so much & it was way better than twilight, & it was better than Harry potter but I still love Harry potter … And the hunger games … But It was a awesome movie ! No need for the harsh comments

  7. Teen.com
    McKayla says:

    TBH the movie made me very irritated. I read the books and loved them. Then I watched the movie and was like WTH?! The producers messed up very easy things that then changed events in the rest of the movie… for instance in the book Tris is supposed to be small, short, petite but in the movie she is really tall and not like the book described her… and then Christina was supposed to be tall and she was tiny! I mean they would have to put in a little more work to find the right height characters but it would have been totally worth it! The movie fell way short from my expectations.

  8. Teen.com
    Alandria says:

    I love the movie it was great the story line was great. People just don’t “SEE” the movie if you get what I’m saying. The characters were nothing like Twilight, Harry Potter, and definitely not like Hunger Games. I never read the books, but I’m guessing it’s as great as the movie. After I saw the movie I wanted to go back in and watch it but I couldn’t because I had somewhere else to go. But as for me I don’t go see any movie unless I know that movie gonna be great. So as for these critics they can suck it. I hope to see the sequel.

  9. Teen.com
    sasha says:

    the movie was so good! Honestly liked it better than the Hunger Games. I thought that it’d be an okay movie exceeded by expectations by far.

  10. Teen.com
    Megan says:

    I loved the movie and the books! You can’t fit everything in one movie, but either way the movie was amazing!

  11. Teen.com
    Sarah says:

    Loved it! Good actors and amaizing story. I want to see it again. arghhh

  12. Teen.com
    Sammy says:

    These are insane! Divergent was amazing and followed the book really well! I read the book yet I still loved both!

    • Teen.com
      Mary Jo says:

      They actually aren’t insane at all. While I agree that the movie did follow the book very well, it was a terrible movie. And the critics are saying it like it is, they are judging it from the stand point of how good of a movie it was, and frankly it was horrible. While yes, it had aspects of the book, it didn’t embody the book, and make it self something worth remembering. It was just another movie to fall short of a good movie on it’s own, unlike Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Like one of the critics said “It doesn’t take long to get the sense that the filmmakers desperately want this to be the next Twilight, Harry Potter or Hunger Games instead of aiming higher and simply trying to be the first Divergent.”

  13. Teen.com
    Peyton says:

    The movie was good. However, I read the books as we’ll and they left out a bunch of parts from the book.

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    Nandini says:

    These reviews are kinda harsh, but tbh the movie fell short of my expectations.

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