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New Insurgent movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) released their new action/drama flick, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” into theaters today, and the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that they were mixed on this one, giving it an overall 43 score out of a possible 100 across 35 reviews at

The movie stars: Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jonny Weston, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse and Keiynan Lonsdale. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Bill Zwecker at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score, saying: ” For those looking for non-stop action, pretty dazzling special effects and solid acting by the young protagonists, Insurgent will not disappoint.”

Kevin P. Sullivan at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade. He stated: “Taken for what it is, Insurgent is a vast improvement over the franchise’s first installment, mostly thanks to expansion in two arenas: budget and scope.”

Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 grade, stating: “A more effective, adult-friendly film than its predecessor.”

Michael O’Sullivan at the Washington Post, gave it a 63 score. He said: “There is, however, a certain urgency to the action that will prevent most people from noticing the film’s flaws.”

Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score, saying: “It’s a sequel that sticks to more routine territory of action, angst, and dystopian gloom — mostly a sound approach, thanks to the consistent strength of franchise lead Shailene Woodley and a mix of intended and inadvertent surprises.”

Susan Wloszczyna from, gave it a 63 grade, saying: “Directed by action specialist Robert Schwentke (“Red,” “Flightplan”), Insurgent surges along with capable set pieces but less meaningful human interaction than in “Divergent.”

Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 grade. He said: “The actors are more or less saving this franchise’s bacon. Insurgent is a tick or two livelier than the first one.”

Sheri Linden at the The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade, claiming: “There’s no question that the feature is a leaner, meaner affair than its predecessor. That’s not enough, though, to counterbalance the often oppressive self-seriousness (though Miles Teller gives it a welcome shot) or to plaster over the holes in the premise.”

Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 score, stating: “Insurgent would be a much worse movie if the good parts were all at the beginning. But they are saved for the end, and they leave the viewer with a feeling of, “Well, that was OK,” even though most of it wasn’t.”

Peter Travers at Rolling Stone, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “Surprise is lacking. Ditto humor, though Miles Teller (Whiplash), as a thorn in Four’s side, gets in a few fun licks by not staying on the film’s draggy tempo. Otherwise, Insurgent stubbornly fails to surge.”

Peter Debruge from Variety, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series’ great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot: a glorified rehash of what came before, garnished with the promise of what lies in store.”

Manohla Dargis at The New York Times, gave it a 40 grade, saying: ” Tighter, tougher and every bit as witless as its predecessor, The Divergent Series: Insurgent — the second segment in the cycle — arrives with a yawn and ends with a bang.”

Alonso Duralda from TheWrap, gave it a 40 score, saying: “Take everything annoying about a cobbled-together, overly familiar YA adaptation, add the built-in wheel-spinning of a sequel, and you’ve got Insurgent, a film that works best when it places its heroine inside virtual-reality situations — at least then it has an excuse for eschewing logic and context.”

Claudia Puig at USA Today, gave it a 38 score, saying: “This second installment, based on Veronica Roth’s series of YA novels, feels cobbled together and less focused than 2014’s Divergent, and lacks tension and excitement.”

Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it a 25 score, saying: “You know you’re in for a long haul when Kate Winslet’s clipboard-wielding Jeanine, leader of the Erudite faction, comes off less like a Hillary Clinton than a weary Applebee’s supervisor at the end of a 14-hour shift in this plodding sequel to “Divergent.” Joe Neumaier at the New York Daily News, gave it a 20 score. He said: “Every scene is entwined in clunkiness.”

Lastly, Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a very bad 10 grade, saying: ” Insurgent opens new horizons of repetitiveness, dramatic shapelessness, self-seriousness and a generalized oppressiveness that flows from all of the above as well as from visual clutter, cheerless color, 3-D dimness and plain old bad acting.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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