New The Giver movie got mixed reviews from top critics. The Weinstein Company released their new drama/sci-fi flick, “The Giver” into theaters this past Thursday, August 14th, and the top critics have submitted all their reviews. It got mostly mixed reviews with an overall score of 46 out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews over at

The movie stars: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Taylor Swift. We posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, stating: “Just in the last few months, we’ve seen “Snowpiercer” and “Divergent,” which also deal with what happens after a civil collapse. The Giver, the latest in this weird trend, approaches a now-familiar topic from a new angle, and, of the three, it’s the most visually arresting.”

Sara Stewart at the New York Post, gave it a 63 score. She said: “The Giver is at its best when Bridges expounds on civilization’s lost beauty and savagery; at other times, it’s strewn with implausibility: For a totalitarian society in which everyone is monitored constantly, our hero is able to sneak around an awful lot.”

John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade, saying: “A lazy ending mars this fine, if generic, take on a much-loved YA novel.”

Sheila O’Malley at, gave it a 50 score, stating: “Despite a truly pained performance from Jeff Bridges and a beautifully imagined, three-dimensional futuristic world, The Giver, in wanting to connect itself to more recent YA franchises, sacrifices subtlety, inference and power.”

John Anderson from the Wall Street Journal, gave it another 50 score. He stated: “What’s so unfunny about peace, love and understanding? Plenty, it turns out. But for much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.”

Richard Roeper at Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “The Giver doesn’t seem entirely consistent about its own rules and races far too quickly to a thoroughly unsatisfactory conclusion that raises three questions for each answer it provides.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 50 score as well, stating: “While the adult performances are strong, especially Jeff Bridges in the title role, youthful characterizations are not nearly as illuminating as they were on the page.”

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