Based on the popular young-adult novel by Orson Scott Card, the new film
The Times' own Kenneth Turan declares "Ender's Game" an "earnest, respectful film" that "gains a lot from the ability of its story to touch a nerve." He continues: "A film for young people to which adults can eavesdrop if they are so inclined, it's not any more sophisticated than it needs to be. But its strong special effects make its simulated battles effective and, echoing the book, its story line touches on a number of intriguing issues."
Back on the plus side, the
He adds, "'Ender's Game' is more than a parable about bullying, or a disquisition on the concept of the 'just war.' It’s also a rousing action film, especially in Imax."
Joe Morgenstern of the
Peter Keogh of the
On the other hand, "With so much to work with, it is disappointing that Gavin Hood's adaptation is not much more than the world's coolest video game. Despite so many volatile issues, this version of 'Ender's Game' lacks passion and pain. Acted without affect in settings that are as devoid of humanity as the space station in '2001,' this game plays out with cold precision but little team spirit."
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