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Nigel Andrews’s Inept, Lazy “Ender’s Game” Frustrates

In response to Nigel Andrews’s 157‑word review of Ender’s Game on Financial Times

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There’s an old joke about two older ladies eating at a fancy restaurant (and famously told in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall). One goes, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.”

That’s the feeling one is left with after reading Nigel Andrews’s “Ender’s Game – film review”; it’s terrible and it’s over much too quickly.  

Clocking in at a way-too-meager 157 words, Andrew’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to make this one count. Unfortunately, he completely misuses the space, filling his review with an unnecessary recap of the plot and quotes from the film.

When he is critiquing, Andrews fails to make much sense, like when he gives readers this weird little observation: “Gavin Hood’s film is as windily solemn as the theme is, or could be, bewitchingly topical. (Not just the ascent of brainy teens, but insects as tomorrow’s odds-on survivor species.)” 

The writing is awkward and artless, with bumbling, amateurish syntax, making the entire review feel like a careless afterthought.

If Andrews can’t be bothered to invest a little time and care into his review (even if it’s short), you don’t need to invest any time reading it.    

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