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5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
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  1. Apr 9, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I can't understand all the negativity towards this movie, yes it's brutal and hard to watch, but try to imagine the feeling of being trapped in a basement after a nuclear war, knowing all your friends and loved ones have died, the feeling of helplessness that you're going to die of starvation or worse, and knowing it will take a few hundred years for the radiation to subside, the way certain characters descend into madness is portrayed very well, may i suggest all the haters of the film stick to romcoms in future. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    Fantastic nail biting apocalypse film. Lauren German and Michael Biehn are both fantastic in the way they portray innocent morality driven people put in one of the most desperate situations imaginable.
  3. Mar 30, 2012
    9
    This is the heaviest movie I have seen in few years. The Divide exactly giving us picture of people with fractured psyche, people, who are broken and trying to survive. Being locked out with no hope of getting outside is turning them slowly into animals. And as we know, human beings are animals that have evolved, which means, that this movie shows real human nature. Epic.
  4. Apr 22, 2012
    9
    Just what the doctor ordered - when feeling down & wanting some survival horror movie - this one hits the spot with the slow descent into madness. Each step in this journey makes you wake up to be aware of just how far they have come - there maybe just a few minutes between one scene & the next - but the movie makes you acutely aware how much time must have passed. Some of the plot towardsJust what the doctor ordered - when feeling down & wanting some survival horror movie - this one hits the spot with the slow descent into madness. Each step in this journey makes you wake up to be aware of just how far they have come - there maybe just a few minutes between one scene & the next - but the movie makes you acutely aware how much time must have passed. Some of the plot towards the end isn't exactly what I would have written, but it gets it through rather quick to a satisfyingly desolate ending. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2012
    9
    People are complaining about some hard material here. They didn't say it was going to be Alice in Wonderland. Really hate all this woosie reviews! Just watch this good movie and remember life is hard, and this characters are very plausible to me. I really like this pos-apocalyptic survivalist movies and this is one of the best ive seen in 30 years of life.
  6. Apr 12, 2012
    8
    The storyline is seemingly broken in places to take you off guard in order to generate an actual emotion inside of you.

    The movie does this very well. The reason it gets so many bad reviews is people it has grabbed people and dragged them down into it. And frankly, it's disturbing and uncomfortable. Which is exactly how the movie is designed to make you feel. From the characters to the
    The storyline is seemingly broken in places to take you off guard in order to generate an actual emotion inside of you.

    The movie does this very well. The reason it gets so many bad reviews is people it has grabbed people and dragged them down into it. And frankly, it's disturbing and uncomfortable.
    Which is exactly how the movie is designed to make you feel. From the characters to the decisions to the flow. It's designed to crawl under your skin and make you frustrated. You should feel injustice, hopeless and anger.

    Do you know what it feels like to be in a basement with the whole world gone and just a matter of time before you are too? If you watched someone in a basement would this be able to convey that feeling? Or all the psychological horrors that spawn from isolation overtime? Disconnect with reality, no police, no justice system while your peers are going crazy and become a danger to your life?
    If I set up the movie so that you have little to no choice but to get this feeling how is that a bad movie?
    It seems many aren't able to make this link or appreciate the seemingly unique approach. But this is what the movie is based on and it does it wonderfully. And if you actually crawl under the skin of the movie instead of it crawling up yours you see that there is a very strong thread keeping everything together.
    Look for the thread instead of being blinded by rage. If you can't comment on the why don't bother commenting on the what. You simply have nothing to add.
    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so if you're blind the world will look like a dark place. Try not to be blind.

    I'd rate it a 7.5 - 8 for a general realistic grade however if there are gonna be deluded votes because people vote 1 I'd rather not vote at all. You rate that low because you don' t want others to see the movie and understand it while you don't.
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  7. Sep 11, 2013
    7
    The Divide presents the dark and merciless side of post-apocalyptic survival surprisingly well. Although the film lacks spectacle and the setting remains the same for pretty much the whole movie I felt compelled to keep watching to find out what would happen to the nine survivors as the story progressed. Their stark love-or-hate personalities clashed really well over the two-hour film andThe Divide presents the dark and merciless side of post-apocalyptic survival surprisingly well. Although the film lacks spectacle and the setting remains the same for pretty much the whole movie I felt compelled to keep watching to find out what would happen to the nine survivors as the story progressed. Their stark love-or-hate personalities clashed really well over the two-hour film and it soon becomes clear that no one is perfect when their life is on the line. However, I would have liked to have seen more of the devastated city outside the basement before the credits rolled. Despite this, The Divide is still captivating and engaging with a clear message about how low humanity has the potential to go. Expand
Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 24, 2012
    25
    As the loosely aligned band of survivors turns into a pack of sociopathic loners, the only reasonable conclusion is that they were all pretty rotten to begin with.
  2. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 19, 2012
    38
    Valuable life lessons always come at a steep price, and this one is no exception. Sorry, but you'll have to shell out for The Divide and then suffer through its nearly two hours of bloody inanities. Weigh the balance, make your choice.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 19, 2012
    12
    As it is, The Divide is simply noxious for noxiousness's sake. French director Xavier Gens and writers Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean almost seem to take a kind of perverse pride in seeing how far they can go.