Divergent Movie Review


I have been impatiently waiting for the Divergent movie for over a year. I loved the book so much and have read it multiple times. I was so excited to see my favorite things come to life on the big screen.


  • I loved seeing the city and the community of factions come to life. They did an awesome job with setting and costume design. It was so close to what I pictured in my head.
  • The movie stayed fairly close to the book, there was a lot more contact between Jeanine and Tris, but I didn’t mind it and it did help set up for the second movie. Even though the ending scene in the Dauntless tower was different, I was ok with it. It worked for me.
  • I really enjoyed both Tris and Four, I think Shailene Woodley and Theo James did a great job. It was not hard at all watch Theo James for a couple times, my poor husband lol.
  • Jumping off the train, climbing the Ferris wheel and zip-lining off the Sears Tower was awesome, it was so well done!
  • I loved Tris parents, Ashley Judd was so amazing in her role as Tris’s mother.
  • It was so awesome seeing Veronica Roth make a cameo. I almost pulled out my phone to make sure I wasn’t seeing things! It was fun to find out after the movie that I was right! (If you haven’t caught it, she is one of the Dauntless on the roof of the Sears Tower)
  • Seeing the fear landscapes play out was so much better than I visualized in my head

  • I loved the first kiss more in the book than the movie, not that the movie was horrible, but I liked the book a lot
  • Uriah was one of my faves, so the fact that he only had one line in the book was a little sad!
  • There were some parts that were a little slow
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19 comments

  1. I wish Uriah made more of an appearance in the movie, too. Boo. And I agree, Theo James was definitely NOT hard to watch ;) I had to keep my comments to myself with my boyfriend sitting right next to me haha!
    Rosie Reads

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  2. I agree with you about the kiss. I feel like there was so much with the Divergent book that just couldn't be translated into film, there was just too much emotion that was internal.

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  3. I still haven't watched it but it sounds like they did well by it and stuck close to the book. The action scenes sounds well done -jumping off the train etc - which are scenes that were so adrenaline filled in the book! And I didn't know Veronica Roth made a cameo I'll have to see if I can find her! :D

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  4. I so want to see this movie, but I feel like I should read the books first! Glad you enjoyed it :)

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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  5. I was actually really impressed with the movie, it was a lot better than I expected. I agree that the setting and costumes were incredible and the kiss scene was lacking. Glad you enjoyed this adaptation of one of your favorite books! =)

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  6. I loved Uriah too - sad that he's not a bigger part of the movie, but I'm glad it was good!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  7. Ha, that was her! Ashley definitely spotted that during the movie and I wasn't sure. I liked the movie a lot, for most of the same reasons that you did. I was really impressed by the costuming too, and the cinematography was great.The long shots and high up shots were awesomely impressive.

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  8. Agree a LOT about the first kiss and Uriah. My other complaint was that NONE of my favorite lines were in there. Also, there was no dauntless cake. Other than that, I was really happy and can't wait to see it again.

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  9. I really liked Divergent when I read it, though it's been a while now, and after seeing the trailer at the cinema, I am really excited for the movie! Great review :)

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  10. I loved the setting, too! And I did NOT see Veronica Roth in the movie. D: I loved Shailene as Tris, but Theo James, not much. And while the fear landscapes were done nicely, I thought they were too short and wanted more of it! And that there was no Edward and the eye-stabbing! I was eagerly awaiting that, and it wasn't there. D: Anyway, glad you liked it for the most part, Missie. Lovely review!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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  11. I don't remember Uriah in the first book that much....
    Great Review!

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  12. I agree about the kiss! I don't remember it from the book that much, but I felt like the movie needed more anticipation! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED theo as Four. I can't picture four as anyone else. He did look old before the movie, but while I watched the movie, I didn't notice his age, only his face tehe. I hope Uriah pops up in the second movie, otherwise it might be hard to make the 3rd movie (if they do) before of that whole thing at the end. Love the review!

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  13. We saw it opening day. I thought the beginning was really slow, but once Tris joined Dauntless things picked up. My daughter wasn't thrilled with the numerous characters who were in the book, but not the movie.

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  14. I really enjoyed this movie. I thought it was pretty good. I heard that the second movie got the green light so I am really excited about that! Should be good.. looks like it will be out next summer.

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  15. For a book to movie adaptation, this one did a really good job! I didn't notice as many things since I made a point not to reread the book before I saw the movie. I knew if I did I would be more focused on what was and wasn't there rather than just enjoying the movie. That isn't to say I didn't notice a few things anyway, but I think I had a better movie experience that way. I'm rereading it now though, and I'm definitely noticing more that they took out, as well as some subtle things they made sure to keep in.

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  16. I try so hard to not let difference between book & movie bother me, but I just can't help it sometimes! I really hated that they changed that end scene, Peter wasn't nearly evil enough, and there were a lot of other little things that bugged me. It definitely didn't help that I read the book the week before going to the movie so all the details were super-fresh in my mind. Overall, they did do a good job & I really liked the casting, but if I had more distance from the original text, I think I would have enjoyed the movie even more.

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  17. The sad things is that wasn't even Uriah, technically. They didn't cast him for this movie. But he will be in Insurgent.
    I'm glad you loved the movie! It is now one of my favourite book to movie adaptations. And that makes me extremely happy because the Divergent trilogy is my fave.
    I may have seen the move more than once or twice now. And Theo has nothing to do with that. Nothing at all...
    Happy reading!

    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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  18. I'm so jealous! Divergent only came out on Friday in the UK and I have been working all weekend so haven't yet had the chance to watch it :( Hopefully going this week. Thanks for the review, makes me even more excited to watch! :D

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  19. I actually really liked how they toned down the relationship between Four and Tris because I found it was too quick in the book, so it developing slower was a lot better. But I really liked this movie overall too!

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