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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. Expand

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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: 68 out of 127
  2. Negative: 25 out of 127
  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 17, 2016
    9
    Maze Runner é o tipo de filme que você tem que amar ou odiar. Não é uma adaptação muito fiel ao livro, porém isso não faz o filme ruim. MuitoMaze Runner é o tipo de filme que você tem que amar ou odiar. Não é uma adaptação muito fiel ao livro, porém isso não faz o filme ruim. Muito pelo contrário. O filme possui um elenco de jovens maravilhos, um direção razoavelmente boa e uma história super original e cativante que faz você querer assistir toda a franquia em um único dia. Você assisti esse o filme e se imagina nele, você faz teorias da causa de tudo aquilo e muito mais. Um filme super interativo. E o melhor de tudo? Tem a linda, maravilhosa e talentosa Kaya Scodelario pra fazer o filme ficar ainda melhor. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2015
    8
    I was pleasantly surprised when I watched this film.

    Although we saw similar plots before, I have to say that there was something new in
    I was pleasantly surprised when I watched this film.

    Although we saw similar plots before, I have to say that there was something new in this one. It was not all repetitive from the previous films of the same kind, it had something new in it. Those big spiders we saw before in some other films, I can not recall which ones but some similar animals were shown all the time in other sci fi films. The maze was spectacular and scenes inside were great. I really enjoyed it.

    Acting was good for the teen actors, I especially got fond of the character of the chubby little boy.

    All in all I have to recommend this film, especially to the crowds who enjoy sci fi films. Go for it!
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  4. Dec 26, 2014
    7
    I rode the book and I think it's sad that some things are not like in the book. Some actors do not fill with the characters like Thomas BrodieI rode the book and I think it's sad that some things are not like in the book. Some actors do not fill with the characters like Thomas Brodie Sanster don't fill with Newt.
    But the special effects looks great and, even if the movie is simplified, I still like how it's done.
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  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. Jul 12, 2015
    0
    Why oh why does Hollywood keep producing crap is simply beyond my understanding. I was about to leave the theater, but I stayed just so I canWhy oh why does Hollywood keep producing crap is simply beyond my understanding. I was about to leave the theater, but I stayed just so I can fully say this was total garbage. For the love of the silver screen fire whoever wrote the script and never employ them again. The plot is predictable, the story is lame, the ending, well...let me just say...there is no ending...everything hangs in the air...franchise and what not-

    If I go to the theater I want to watch a movie and not a series....STOP IT WITH YOUR FRANCHISE TRILOGY **** The best trilogies started as a full contained movies....just stop ....please!!!!
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