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New The Maze Runner movie got mixed reviews from the top critics. 20th Century FOX released their new action/adventure/thriller flick, “The Maze Runner,” into theaters yesterday, September 18th and the top critics have submitted all their reviews. It turns out that half of them liked it with an overall 56 score out of a possible 100 across 28 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulter. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Bill Zwecker at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, stating: “Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.”

Ethan Gilsdorf from the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Using a refreshingly gentle FX touch, Ball has successfully transposed the decaying, vine-covered concrete jungle look of his short onto this gorgeously-designed feature. The neophyte knows how to direct heart-pumping chase scenes and has coaxed surprisingly solid performances from his young ensemble cast, especially O’Brien and Poulter.”

Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 as well. He said: “First-time feature director Wes Ball’s version of The Maze Runner makes the cliches smell daisy-fresh.”

Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 score, stating: “What’s intriguing about The Maze Runner – for a long time, at least – is the way it tells us a story we think we’ve heard countless times before but with a refreshingly different tone and degree of detail.”

Elizabeth Weitzman at the New York Daily News, gave it a 60 grade, saying: “No, there’s nothing new here. But sometimes it’s enough to be merely entertained, rather than amazed.”

Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 score. He stated: “Aside from some uneven handling of the cast, Ball competently styles the action sequences throughout the film and capitalizes on his VFX expertise with pulse-pounding scenes tracking the Runners through the Maze battling Grievers.”

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