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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Country: USA

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Taglines: The maze was just the beginning.

Director: Wes Ball

Writers: James Dashner, T.S. Nowlin

Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, ...

In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

75 | 2015-09-17 | Brian Truitt

Katniss and Tris might still be queen bees of the genre, but Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers find a satisfying, teen-friendly way to combine rebellion, politics, science and a lot of jogging for a broad audience.
Read More: USA Today

75 | 2015-09-17 | Clint O Connor

Actually an entertaining action-adventure that not only stands on its own, but surpasses the more limited rewards offered by "The Maze Runner."
Read More: Portland Oregonian

70 | 2015-09-17 | Michael Sragow

Ball and his cast overcome clichés with gusto.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

60 | 2015-09-17 | Bilge Ebiri

The Scorch Trials isn’t a particularly good movie, but it’s just fast and nutty enough to keep you entertained.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

60 | 2015-09-16 | Katherine Pushkar

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials does pretty well. It finishes respectably on a scale between “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (fizzle) and “The Empire Strikes Back” (aces!).
Read More: New York Daily News

60 | 2015-09-16 | Tim Robey

The production design and effects for this apocalyptic terrain are way above par for this sort of thing, and evidence of a much higher budget than Ball had first time around.
Read More: The Telegraph

60 | 2015-09-09 | Stephen Kelly

Scorch Trials ambitiously opens up its world with mixed results: gripping action, so-so script.
Read More: Total Film

60 | 2015-09-08 | Helen O'Hara

While it’s a woefully incomplete middle chapter, at least it’s never boring.
Read More: Empire

58 | 2015-09-16 | Tasha Robinson

It comes across as unintentionally comic, because Scorch Trials is basically "Fleeing In Terror: The Movie." After more than two straight hours of running and screaming, screaming and running, no wonder Thomas is tired. Even marathoners gotta rest sometime.
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | 2015-09-18 | James Berardinelli

The visuals of a blasted city are impressive but hardly reason to spend $10 to sit in a theater seat and watch a bunch of underdeveloped characters get chased by zombies for an inordinate amount of time.
Read More: ReelViews

50 | 2015-09-17 | Andrew Parker

On a thematic level, it remains wholly reprehensible and a fraudulent piece of entertainment. But at least it rips off some better films (Mad Max, Day of the Dead, The Matrix) with a good deal of energy.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

50 | 2015-09-17 | Tom Russo

The movie may feel tonally consistent with the first, but it’s also overlong and thoroughly routine.
Read More: Boston Globe

50 | 2015-09-17 | Walter Addiego

There’s lots of eye candy, and the pace is fast, but somehow the movie falls short. You’re forgiven if you get the idea that “Scorch Trials” suffers from “middle movie” fatigue.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | 2015-09-17 | Kyle Smith

In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, selfish oldsters scheme to rob young people of their vital essence, sacrificing them in the process. It’s basically “Social Security: The Movie.”
Read More: New York Post

50 | 2015-09-17 | Michael O'Sullivan

It’s not a bad movie. It’s like several pretty good ones.
Read More: Washington Post

50 | 2015-09-17 | Michael Phillips

Though Ball's workmanlike handling of the second in the trilogy, "The Scorch Trials," proves mainly that he can keep a franchise from running completely off the rails when the tracks have been laid perilously near a swamp of "dys-lit" cliches.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

50 | 2015-09-16 | Kevin P. Sullivan

Left without a gimmick, The Scorch Trials wanders between YA cliches — there’s a Resistance, but it’s unclear what they’re resisting — and zombie movie tropes, with the obligatory a zombie bit our friend scene.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

50 | 2015-09-16 | Roger Moore

Starts at a sprint and hurtles at us for a good long, stretch, before it stops to catch its breath.
Read More: Movie Nation

50 | 2015-09-08 | John Hazelton

With more action and less mystery, a returning director and main cast and a handful of sketchy new characters, The Scorch Trials makes for an efficient yet uninspiring sequel.
Read More: Screen International

50 | 2015-09-08 | Andrew Barker

The Scorch Trials offers virtually no character development and only hints of plot advancement, mostly just functioning to move a group of obliquely motivated characters from one place to another without giving much clue where the whole thing is headed.
Read More: Variety

42 | 2015-09-16 | Nick Schager

Director Wes Ball’s adaptation of the second book in author James Dashner’s popular series is the exact opposite of its predecessor, presenting a sprawling adventure that, when not liberally cribbing from more illustrious sci-fi forefathers, spends plentiful time fleshing out the dull details of its oppressed-youth scenario.
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40 | 2015-09-17 | John Williams

The Scorch Trials adds nothing new to the unkillable dystopian genre, but it’s at least less ponderous than its predecessor. The many chases and ludicrous narrow escapes offer respectable doses of adrenaline.
Read More: The New York Times

40 | 2015-09-17 | Bill Goodykoontz

Director Wes Ball's film is a mad dash from one place to the next, with little time in between for rest, recuperation or plot development.
Read More: Arizona Republic

40 | 2015-09-08 | Justin Lowe

The second installment, which reveals some of the reasons behind their imprisonment, lacks a similar sense of originality and urgency, undercut by overly familiar characterizations and dilatory pacing.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

38 | 2015-09-17 | Christy Lemire

Larger than its predecessor, last year’s “The Maze Runner,” in every way: in its cast, scope, set pieces and (unfortunately) length. But “more” also means more convoluted.
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38 | 2015-09-16 | Ed Gonzalez

Every set piece brings to mind an Epcot Center attraction built from borrowed parts, geared toward reinforcing the young audience's belief that adults just don't understand them.
Read More: Slant Magazine

30 | 2015-09-16 | Kimberley Jones

The trouble comes when somebody opens their mouth and you’re reminded this is supremely silly stuff, and overall a much lesser version of teens versus the titans of post-apocalypse industry – a copy of a copy of a copy.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

20 | 2015-09-15 | Peter Bradshaw

This film is making a wheezing, spluttering sound: the sound of a profitable YA franchise running out of steam.
Read More: The Guardian

20 | 2015-09-09 | James Rocchi

One of the most tedious apocalypses to come down the chute in recent years, this series gets lamer, and lazier, with each entry. The only ‘Trial’ offered by this film is the ordeal of watching it.
Read More: TheWrap