• Blessed with a natural presence and lots of charisma, Woodley makes for a worthy leading lady, while Theo James broods and smolders in all the right ways as her trainer and love interest. But the film’s bland execution and its muddled message make it hard for you to connect with it.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    If The Hunger Games had never happened, then perhaps Divergent would have been a more compelling experience. But this film treads on much of the same ground – dystopian future, gutsy, teenage warrior heroine, dueling factions, an ominous, omnipresent Big Brother style government. Divergent ticks off all the boxes but with far less panache.

  • Anuja Jaiman
    Anuja Jaiman
    Hindustan Times


    Reasons why Divergent doesn’t deliver is that the journey is not powerful enough. It loses track and seems purposeless soon enough. Except for the tests, where a state of hallucination is achieved, the movie does not justify its sci-fi tag.

  • Divergent is clearly made for its already existent fan base, with the best loved bits and pieces of the book shoved on to screen with hardly any adhesive to keep them together.

  • At face value, Divergent comes across as a film that doesn’t push any boundaries whatsoever. But at the heart of this dystopian tale awash in grays and browns is a lesson about finding one’s identity and being at peace with oneself.

  • …doesn’t engage you enough to leave an impression. The film is entertaining and does have its moments, but it isn’t engaging enough and in the end it’s still highly forgettable.

  • Although the film is action-packed, the special effects are rather cheap and the set design comes across as too artificial to digest. It doesn’t help that every single plot point in the film is predictable and uninteresting. The dialogues are unintentionally funny, as is the serious nature of the actors in silly costumes. It just doesn’t work, and it’s a shame because Woodley deserves a better franchise than this.

  • Though derivative, Divergent is yet another example of how female actors can carry a big budget film on their shoulders and if not for anything else, this genre needs to be given due credit for introducing strong and gutsy women as sole leads who can start revolutions if they wanted to.

  • Troy Ribeiro
    Troy Ribeiro


    Despite all the minor flaws or cliches in “Divergent”, director Neil Burger’s minute aesthetic as well as technical trappings, do make many of the surreal moments of the film distinct, interesting and definitely worth a watch.

  • Saumya Sharma
    Saumya Sharma


    Fantasy meets fiction in a dystopian world, and then vanishes into oblivion. Please watch only if the books have appealed to you at some point, but with little expectations.

  • Danish Bagdadi
    Danish Bagdadi


    ‘Divergent’ has a strong central performance from Woodley and works quite well for more than half of its running length when it focuses on her training. However once it jumps to the larger conspiracy part of things, all goes down quicker than you can say Titanic.