Sunday, April 14, 2024

“Divergent: Allegiant” So Far Scares Up a Zero in Reviews, Spells Trouble for Lions Gate


“Divergent: Allegiant” the third and final episode of Lions Gate Films’ last young adult film series, is in trouble. So far the film has scared up a Zero as in “0”– goose egg– among critics. There are 11 negative reviews posted, not one positive.

The movie opens March 18th.

One reviewer called it “More like Redundant.”

Lions Gate stock is selling around $23 right now, which is better than its low on February 5th of $16, but far from its high of $41 in the last year.

It doesn’t help that their current release “Gods of Egypt” is a disaster. That sandals and slinging saga has made $23.4 million in 11 days. How they’ll ever get to $140 million is a mystery.

If “Allegiant” really bottoms out on release, LGF will really be in trouble. Their other two releases so far for 2016– “Norm of the North” and “The Choice”– are better not spoken about.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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