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New Allegiant movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Summit Entertainment released their new action/drama flick, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” into theaters this weekend, and all the critics have let us know what they think about it.

It turns out that most of them were pretty displeased with the outcome, giving it just an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Nadia Hilker and Bill Skarsgård. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics, below.

Ben Croll from TheWrap, gave it a pretty less than stellar 56 grade, saying: “Allegiant” ends up feeling like a mid-season climax to serialized TV drama. The pieces are in play, the wheels in motion. Stay tuned, loyal viewers, and you’ll get your answers next year.”

Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 50 score. He said: “The special effects are among the more positive aspects of “Allegiant,” but those alone cannot rescue this highly flawed sequel.”

Ariana Bacle over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score, stating: “Allegiant aches to be a thought-provoking, moving allegory of the current world. Instead, it’s an unwieldy two hours too unintentionally silly to validate how seriously it takes itself.”

Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “Because the series’ plot reveal turns out to be more confusing than compelling, and because turning a novel into two films invariably leads to inflated productions, only the most devoted fans of the book will pledge allegiance to what’s on the screen.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “Combines the usual dumb ideas with one good one. And not just good, but impressive, in that it makes sense of much of what went before.”

Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “This doesn’t even feel much like Tris’s story anymore, just generically overdigitized combat. The main thing she’s diverging from at this point is the tone that hooked us in the first place.”

Stephen Whitty from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score, claiming: “The only thing that’s revolting is how dull the series has gotten.”

Jordan Mintzer from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 score. He said: “For a film that takes great pride in its heroine’s nonconformism, pretty much everything in Allegiant feels conventional.”

Peter Debruge over at Variety, gave it a 40 score , saying: “Although “Allegiant” does recapture the original film’s sense of constantly discovering and adapting to fresh information, audiences no longer identify with anyone in particular.”

Susan Wloszczyna at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 grade. She said: “As tedious as much of this sounds, an odd thing happened around “Allegiant’s” midway point. The fairly packed audience started vocally reacting “Rocky Horror”-style to some of the more overtly melodramatic turns with “oohs,” “ahhs” and even laughter.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 38 score. He stated: “It’s a pretty dull picture, I must say, because it’s my duty to say it. And it’s a pretty dull picture, I must say, because something about its particular grade of dullness may cause memory loss.”

Michael O’Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a 37 grade. He claims: “Everything is needlessly tangled and bewildering.”

Jeannette Catsoulis over at The New York Times, gave it a 30 grade, saying: “A story that kicked off two years ago at a reasonable gallop has now slowed to barely a limp.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 25, saying: “If only their stuff had a spark of life it might be forgivable, but Allegiant plods along like a franchise on its last legs. Who remembers where we left off last time in Insurgent? My point exactly — no one.”

Lastly, Lou Lumenick over at the New York Post, gave it no mercy with the worst “0” score, claiming: “By the time David gets someone to unleash the gas, I was wishing he could simply erase all memories of the sorry “Divergent’’ franchise.” Stay tuned.

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