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The Maze Runner

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United States, United Kingdom
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2014

1h 53m

Director Wes Ball
Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen

Genre Action, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

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60

Variety by

As world-creation YA pictures go, The Maze Runner feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven.
75

The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

If you’re going to treat your audience like a rat in a maze, it’s best to offer a tastier reward than the promise of more maze to come.
55

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

For its first half or so, The Maze Runner tells a captivating tale of survival and weaves a potentially interesting mystery. Once its path become clear, however, you realize this is a puzzle you've worked out before.
75

Hitfix by Drew McWeeny

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.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Justin Lowe

Aside from some uneven handling of the cast, Ball competently styles the action sequences throughout the film and capitalizes on his VFX expertise with pulse-pounding scenes tracking the Runners through the Maze battling Grievers.
63

Slant Magazine by Richard Scott Larson

A curious blend of our newly acquired taste for dystopia alongside a healthy sprinkling of Lord of the Flies, the film offers familiar pleasures without prompting the sense of having already been here before.
60

The Dissolve by Tasha Robinson

By establishing some of the Glade’s castes, rituals, and personalities, the writers make an incredibly contrived scenario seem a little more tangible. But once that high gear is engaged, the IQ and ambition drop precipitously.

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