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  • Summary: When Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze canWhen Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Sep 18, 2014
    88
    Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Sep 15, 2014
    75
    Wes Ball's background is in animation and effects, and he certainly has an eye for composition. Thankfully, he doesn't just lean on visual flash in his debut feature, the adaptation of the first of James Dashner's four books, and his skills allow him to build a convincing world around his appealing cast without losing them in it completely.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    Director Wes Ball doesn't have much experience with actors, but for once that's a plus; his background is in animation and art direction, and the design of the maze (brutal slabs of concrete and steel) and the attacks by the spiders ("Predator"-like clicks, then stabbing violence) make the movie gruesomely watchable.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 9, 2014
    60
    As world-creation YA pictures go, The Maze Runner feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 19, 2014
    60
    It's also both intense and entertaining enough to leave audiences hungry for the inevitable sequel so clearly set up by its cliffhanger ending.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    Ball tends to slice and dice action sequences in a way that drains them of energy, and his attempts to churn up emotion fall disconcertingly flat. But he does stage a couple of effective adrenaline-pumping chases through the maze's industrial wasteland.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 18, 2014
    25
    Fans of the novel might get some minor thrills from the big screen adaptation, but it's hard to understand what made the material so popular in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 84
  2. Negative: 16 out of 84
  1. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    I wasn' expecting much until the ending, and altough the cinema was very empty this did turn out to surprise me slightly in the ending whenI wasn' expecting much until the ending, and altough the cinema was very empty this did turn out to surprise me slightly in the ending when you expect everybody to be either dead and the survivors barely figure out their situation. This is going to be an episodic like Twilight but with a different kind of story/premise. Expand
  2. Jan 26, 2015
    9
    Missed it at the cinema, so saw it on DVD today. I generally liked this movie, I like mazes. it kept me intrigued right till the end but i'm aMissed it at the cinema, so saw it on DVD today. I generally liked this movie, I like mazes. it kept me intrigued right till the end but i'm a little less wiser as to what these kids are? clones? DNA modified humans? its all a big test? hope there is a movie number two. Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2014
    8
    Great visuals, great story, great acting, nice special effects make for a very intense, entertaining flick that i would recommend to anyGreat visuals, great story, great acting, nice special effects make for a very intense, entertaining flick that i would recommend to any viewer, especially those interested in survival of the fittest type flicks. The story is extremely interesting and mysterious, having not read the book i was in the beginning of the flick extremely curious as to what was inside the maze, throughout the entire movie was guessing as to why this maze exists and why these people are in it, which i found out some of the reasons and what was going on, only to be left at a "to be continued" ending, like most first entries in novel to film adaptations. That point aside, the entire movie was extremely tense, i was always fearing a character would die at any moment, i was extremely scared during the moments the characters encountered the main enemy in the movie. The movie may not be as good as the novel, not going as deep into themes and topics. But i can easily forgive any film that is an adaptation from a novel for this, they are taking a novel, something that takes readers hours with many breaks in-between to finish, and cramming it into a two hour flick that anyone can come and watch all at once. Of course the movie won't be as deep the main reason for that simply being it is a movie, not a book. Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2014
    7
    Good acting, decent story, great action and amazing visual effects. I HIGHLY recommend it! Looking forward for the second part.. 7/10 for this one :)
  5. Jan 26, 2015
    6
    Better than expected is the best thing that can be said about this movie. No, it is not great, with only very young actors in the cast theBetter than expected is the best thing that can be said about this movie. No, it is not great, with only very young actors in the cast the performances are weak (except for the leading actor maybe), the movie ends without really explaining anything and it is prepared for a sequel. It will not move you or stand the test of time. But it is surprisingly entertaining but slightly better than a similar film released the same year like Divergent. It was not needed to see it in theaters but you can stream it and you will have a good time. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2014
    5
    To my previous review I said some negative things but still gave a generous five. But I do greatly recommend that u read the book series, I'mTo my previous review I said some negative things but still gave a generous five. But I do greatly recommend that u read the book series, I'm on the second book and James dasher is an incredible author! The book is much, much better than the movie. I love the series! Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2014
    0
    this movie was so disappointing and boring, hardly made any sense i only made it 45 minutes through it and was a waste of my time.

    don't
    this movie was so disappointing and boring, hardly made any sense i only made it 45 minutes through it and was a waste of my time.

    don't waste your time like me watch another movie
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