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Ender's Game (12A)

Ender's Game (12A)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.

The critical consensus

Wars have felt shorter and better managed than this epic.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 20/10/2013

It admirably avoids many of the pitfalls of adapting this book, but seems to have lost some of the life and pace as well.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 21/10/2013

Like its hero, Ender’s Game relies on brains more than brute force. An absorbing portrait of Lord Of The Flies-style morality housed in imaginative sci-fi casing.

****(*)Matt Mueller, Total Film, 24/10/2013

Space Chimps meets Triumph of the Will.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 24/10/2013

The picture is also light on action and suspense, presumably saving that for a sequel.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 26/10/2013

Unfortunately, narrative developments late on almost up-end the story, never quite inspiring the desired emotional impact. But at least, as blockbusters go, it’s a considered, rather than thoughtless, ride.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 24/10/2013

The battle scenes are spectacular but lifeless and hard to engage with. We're watching a cascade of computer-game imagery.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/10/2013

The movie's apocalyptic finale indicates that it's bitten off considerably more than it can chew in terms of ideas, but it looks good, and the story rattles along.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/10/2013

There's a grim undertow which culminates in a shockingly bleak false ending, followed by an unconvincingly salving coda.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 27/10/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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