Just a big miss all around. Might have worked better as two films (but not three, like the Hobbit). But then you run into the issue where if the first bombs, the second doesn't get made. Part one where Ender goes to Battle School, ending with his promotion to Commander of Dragon Army, would have been a compelling story on its own. Part two beginning with his first three weeks in Dragon Army and his daily battles, then going to Command School for the conclusion. With two films, you can flesh out the battles in the battle room, and really drive home the point that Ender is tactically gifted where others are not. With the compressed timeline of the film we got, he just comes off as lucky. We also don't see how stressed out Ender gets from the daily grind. They only show two battles, and both are combinations of other battles. That disappointed me. I'm curious if the lack of box office draw has more to do with the film itself, or the controversy of Card. May have been better as an HBO miniseries.