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Giver, The (12A)

Drama, Sci-Fi

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

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The critical consensus

By adding spurious action and making the characters older than in the novel, the makers of The Giver sell-out the story; a project which prizes individuality shouldn’t so slavishly adhere to the Divergent-school of teenage drama.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 15/09/2014

This young adult drama reaches out meekly to Hunger Games and Divergent fans, but has some admirable artistic touches.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 18/09/2014

Robert B Weide of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame co-wrote the screenplay but, sadly, none of the debunking wit of that series is found in this solemn, sappy fable. The colour montage sequences featuring Nelson Mandela mark a particular nadir.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 18/09/2014

This adaptation of Lois Lowry’s future-fantasy novel looks like a low-rent mishmash of Divergent and The Hunger Games.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 21/09/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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